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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 15:33 GMT
Clockwatch: Wales 44-10 Italy
All the action as it happened from the Six Nations encounter at the Millennium Stadium.

79mins: FINAL SCORE Wales 44-10 Italy Nicola Mazzucato knocks on in what is the last attacking move of the game.

78mins: Steve Hansen looks on as in his closing game as Wales coach in what is a timely win in his less-than impressive record.

75mins: Gethin Jenkins puts in a big hit on Aaron Persico and Shane Williams puts in a vital tackle on Bergamasco as the game enters the closing minutes.

73mins:Wales make numerous changes with Ceri Sweeney and Mefin Davies replacing fly-half Jones and hoooker McBride. Cooper is replaced by Dwayne Peel at scrum-half.

70mins TRY Wales 44-10 Italy: Wales cross yet again in what has become a rout. Rhys Williams dives over, but the move involves some perfect passing from Michael Owen and Martin Williams in midfield. Jones slots the conversion.

66mins TRY Wales 37-10 Italy: Seconds later, Shane Williams crosses with ease, again following some sublime backline play. Jones adds the two points.

65mins: Jones kicks Wales deep into the opposition 22, but the Italy defence holds firm, after Charvis and Rhys Williams come close.

61mins: TRY Wales 30-10 Italy Wales are penalised as Italy strike back to grab only their second try in this year's RBS Six Nations, through centre Andrea Masi. Wakarua slots the extras.

59mins TRY Wales 30-3 Italy: Shanklin scores with his first touch of the ball as Wales cut the Italian defence to ribbons.

58mins: Salvatore Perugini replaces Martin Castrogiovanni for Italy. Harris, who has enjoyed a superb day, is replaced by Tom Shanklin.

53mins TRY Wales 23-3: Gareth Thomas becomes Wales's highest ever try scorer, breaking Ieuan Evans' record with his 34th try. Jones slots his first converion of the day.

52mins: Denis Dallan is replaced by Rima Wakarua for Italy as Wales lose another line-out, following a forward pass.

50mins: Italy earn another penalty, but Roland de Marigny's kicks again flies wide as Wales are let off again.

47mins: Stephen Jones's poor day with the boot continues as another kick goes awry, after Italy are blown up for offside at the scrum.

45mins: Gareth Thomas is penalised for holding but Roland de Marigny's long kick flies wide.

44mins: Stephen Jones puts in another superb tactical kick to force Italy back, but Wales lose their line-out, which again looks a shambles.

41mins PENALTY Wales 16-3 Italy: Rhys Williams is penalised, after Colin Charvis drops the ball in front of his posts. Roland de Marigny pushes the ball through for his side's opening points.

40mins: Wales clear from the kick-off as both sides come out for their final 40 minutes of Six Nations action this year.


40mins HALF-TIME Wales 16-0 Italy: The half-time whistle is blown to bring an end to 40 minutes of exciting rugby from the men in red.

35mins: Wales look to have crossed again but Gonzalo Canale's tackle dislodges the ball as Mark Taylor crosses the line. The pressure is telling on the visitors, though, and Wales look capable of running up a cricket score.

28mins TRY Wales 16-0: Wales score their second try, thanks to a superb backline move, involving Cooper, Gareth Thomas and Rhys Williams who dives over in the corner. Jones misses another conversion.

26mins: Stephen Jones pushes Italy straight back into their 22, and Wales come close to striking instantly. Wales again fail to hold onto their own ball in the line-out, allowing Italy to clear.

24mins TRY Wales 11-0: Shane Williams spurns a two-man overlap, but just manages to touch over, to the relief of his team-mates and the home crowd. The move involved some superb play from centre Harris. Jones misses a testing conversion.

22mins: Wales waste a three-man overlap when hooker Robin McBride's pass goes forward, thanks to a big tackle from lock Marco Bortolami.

20mins: After a period of aimless kicking, Wales gain another penalty, but this time Jones's 49metre kick floats wide.

16mins: Wales's problems continue in the scrum with Gareth Cooper penalised for not feeding straight.

15mins PENALTY Wales 6-0 Italy: Stephen Jones and Dafydd Jones set up good field position to earn a second penalty, allowing the fly-half to double the Welsh lead.

14mins: With mistakes coming from both sides the match begins to lack fluency.

12mins: Italy scrum-half Paul Griffen kicks straight out, wasting precious ball for the visitors, but Santiago Dellapè then steal some good ball at the line-out to silence the home crowd.

10 mins PENALTY Wales 3-0 Italy: Gareth Cooper darts and dives, earning a Welsh penalty in front of the posts. Jones slots the game's first points.

7mins: Shane Williams looks to be taken off the ball after a good chip ahead and Wales earn a scrum five yards from the opposition line. But again the scrum proves a weak point for the home side.

6mins: Italy are penalised, allowing Jones to relieve the pressure, but Wales are undoubtedly guilty of playing too laterally.

5mins: The Welsh defence recovers well after Colin Charvis misses Martin Castrogiovanni in midfield.

3mins: Wales flanker Martyn Williams is penalised, allowing Italy to earn good field position downfield.

1min: Wales go through nine phases of play from the kick-off but Italy hold firm and Iestyn Harris finally kicks possession away.

Kick off 1400 GMT: Stephen Jones kicks off to start the match in front of a colouful Millennium Stadium crowd.

Wales will be desperate to end a three match losing streak and give coach Steve Hansen a winning Six Nations send off against Italy in Cardiff.

Hansen has made three changes to the side beaten by England, with Iestyn Harris, Martyn Williams and Gareth Llewellyn coming in, the latter equaling Neil Jenkins' Wales record of 87 caps.

Harris is preferred to Tom Shanklin at centre in the only unenforced change.

Italy suffered a late blow on Friday when number eight Carlo Checchinato failed a fitness test, but they are confident of recording their first ever Six Nations away win.


Wales: Thomas (Warriors), Williams (Blues), Taylor (Scarlets), Harris (Blues), Williams (Ospreys), Jones (Scarlets), Cooper (Warriors), Jones (Ospreys), McBryde (Scarlets), Jenkins (Warriors), Llewellyn (Ospreys), Owen (Dragons), Charvis (Tarbes, capt), Williams (Blues), Jones (Scarlets).

Replacements: Davies (Warriors), Evans (Blues), Sidoli (Warriors,), Popham (Leeds Tykes), Peel (Scarlets), Sweeney (Warriors), Shanklin (Blues).

Italy: Canale (Benetton Treviso), Mazzucato (Ghial Calvisano), Masi (Viadana), Stoica (Montpellier), Dallan (Benetton Treviso), De Marigny (Overmach Rugby Parma), Griffen (Ghial Calvisano), Lo Cicero (Lazio & Primavera), Ongaro (Benetton Treviso), Castrogiovanni (Ghial Calvisano), Dellape (Benetton Treviso), Del Fava (Overmach Parma), Bortolami (Safio Petrarca Padova), Persico (Leeds Tykes), De Rossi (Ghial Calvisano, capt).

Replacements: Festuccia (SKG Gran Parma), Perugini (Ghial Calvisano), Mandelli (Ghial Calvisano), Orlando (Treviso), Picone (Benetton Treviso), Wakarua (Brescia), Bergamasco (Stade Francais).

Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa).




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