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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 October, 2003, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Clockwatch: Italy 15-27 Wales

All the action from the Pool D match in Canberra, where Wales secure their place in the quarter-finals after a tense decider against the Azzurri.

Latest action appears first - scroll down for earlier news.


Full-time: Italy 15-27 Wales


80 mins: Italy try another attack but knock on. Wales hack forward and referee Andrew Cole calls a halt to proceedings. The men in red celebrate advancing to the quarter-finals.

79 mins: Stephen Jones clears well to touch.

78 mins: Denis Dallan goes close on the Wales right wing, but when it is spun back to the middle Italy knock on, seemingly blowing their last chance.

76 mins: Italy run a penalty from deep in their own half and make good inroads, finally winning a scrum in Welsh territory.

75 mins: Bergamasco holds onto the ball on the floor to concede another kickable penalty. Harris eyes the posts again, but slides it to the left from 35m.

73 mins: Parker leaves the field (blood bin), meaning a switch to centre for Gareth Thomas, scrum-half Peel returning from the blood bin to take a place on the wing.

72 mins: Charvis grabs an attempted Stoica chip through and rampages from the line, but knocks on. Italy clear after another testing scrum.

71 mins: Stephen Jones misses with a long, well-struck drop-goal attempt.

70 mins: Italy run back a Rhys Williams garryowen, but lose the ball and Wales drive back to their half. Jonathan Thomas replaces Wales lock Brent Cockbain. Mazzariol on for Canale for Italy.

69 mins: Italy bring on Christian Bezzi for Dellape at lock. Wales win a kickable penalty from another big scrum. Harris eyes up the posts from a difficult angle - and slices it just wide.

68 mins: Wales destroy the Italian scrum, but the Azzurri are able to scramble clear.

66 mins: Dafydd Jones and Harris free Mark Jones down the left, but the Scarlets winger knocks on with the line at his mercy. Mark Jones and Robin McBryde go down with leg injuries, but play on. Perugini replaces lo Cicero for Italy at prop.

65 mins: A dejected-looking Italy concede a penalty for holding the ball on the floor, giving Wales territory back in the Italian half.

64 mins: Scott Palmer replaces Aaron Persico for Italy.

62 mins: A driving Welsh maul cannot be held by the Italians and Dafydd Jones emerges from the melee to claim his first international try. Harris converts.
Italy 15-27 Wales

61 mins: Heavy Welsh scrummaging and tackling forces Italy to concede a line-out in their 22.

60 mins: Sidoli wins good ball and Wales attack dangerously, but the Italians knock on in midfield as they go for an intercept. Wales attack wide from the scrum but knock on themselves.

59 mins: Persico concedes a penalty 55m out and Stephen Jones kicks to the Italian 22.

57 mins: Cockbain wins the line-out, but Italy drive the maul back into touch.

56 mins: Wales win turnover ball in midfield and Mark Jones attacks dangerously down the left. Italy concede a line-out deep in their 22. Bergamasco on as a permanent replacement for De Rossi in the Italy back row.

55 mins: Gareth Cooper replaces Dwayne Peel at scrum-half for Wales.

52 mins: Harris sparks a dangerous Welsh back-line move and Italy concede a penalty for a late tackle. Harris goes for goal, but misses for the first time in the tournament.

49 mins: The replacements are wheeled out. Stephen Jones replaces Ceri Sweeny at fly-half and Robert Sidoli for Gareth Llewellyn at lock for Wales. Matt Phillips is on for Italian lock Carlo Checchinato.

47 mins: Wales are forced to concede a penalty under severe pressure, Wakarua converts to bring Italy within a score.
Italy 15-20 Wales

46 mins: Festuccio replaces Ongaro at hooker.

45 mins: A sustained Welsh attack comes to nothing.

43 mins: Mauro Bergamasco on as blood bin replacement for Persico.

41 mins: Wakarua tries a straight penalty from 37m - and is successful.
Italy 12-20 Wales

40 mins: Wakarua gets the game restarted and Italy again win the kick-off. They gain a scrum, from which Wales give away a penalty.


Half-time: Italy 9-20 Wales


40 mins: Italy are back on the attack, but the half-time whistle blows.

38 mins: Ceri Sweeney superbly picks up a loose pass from Peel and makes a fine break. He finds the supporting Martyn Williams who links with Harris. Harris draws the defence before sending Sonny Parker in on a clear run to the line. Harris converts.
Italy 9-20 Wales

37 mins: News that Duncan Jones will go for x-rays for a suspected fractured tibula.

36 mins: Wales win an attacking scrum. Thomas and Charvis charge well, but Italy steal the ball and clear.

34 mins: Wales' threequarters get no change from the fierce Italian tacklers. Williams is forced to kick and gains good position in the Italian 22.

33 mins: Wales steal the ball and win a penalty, but Sweeney misses touch with the kick.

32 mins: Poor kicking from Rhys Williams gives Italy an attacking line-out.

30 mins: The attack goes through 17 phases before Wales concede a penalty under their posts for pulling down a maul. Wakarua makes no mistake with the kick.
Italy 9-13 Wales

28 mins: Italy win the restart and make inroads.

27 mins: A Welsh attack builds momentum with some fine interplay. Lo Cicero comes in at the side of a ruck under the shadow of his posts to concede a penalty and flirt with a trip to the sin bin. Harris goes for goal and makes no mistake.
Italy 6-13 Wales

24 mins: Italy attack through five phases from the kick off and finally win a kickable penalty. Duncan Jones is injured after getting trapped at the bottom of a ruck, and both sides are warned for scrapping off the ball. Gethin Jenkins comes on for Jones, who looks in some distress as he is stretchered off. Wakarua goes for goal - and succeeds.
Italy 6-10 Wales

23 mins: A Sweeney break leads to a deliberate Italian knock-on and an easy penalty shot for Harris.
Italy 3-10 Wales

22 mins: The unfortunate Kevin Morgan hobbles off, replaced by Rhys Williams, but it is believed that the injury is not to his knee.

21 mins: Wales lose their scrum ball and Italy are back on the charge. Garteh Thomas manages to kick Wales clear and puts in a great tackle on Parisse on the Italian 22.

19 mins: Wales fail to protect their ruck ball to allow the Italians back on the attack. Harris hacks loose Italy ball clear, though, and chases into the Italian half where Wales win a scrum.

18 mins: A clearance kick finally gets Wales into the Italian half, but they concede a free kick at the line out for having too many numbers.

17 mins: The waves of Italian attacks continue, but the Welsh tackling is solid.

16 mins: A high tackle from Sweeney gives Italy a penalty in front of the posts from 40m. Wakarua goes for goal - but hits the post.

14 mins: Wales lose their line out then Matt Cockbain concedes a penalty. Italy kick to the Wales 22.

13 mins: Italy drive from a scrum 5m from the Welsh line, but Stoica knocks on to relieve the pressure on Wales. Italy concede a free kick at the scrum and Sweeney clears to half way.

12 mins: Italy hammer at the Welsh line after a fine break from Parisse. Denis Dallan is denied inches short in the right corner before the Italians go close underneath the Welsh posts. Kevin Morgan goes down with a worrying looking injury to his troublesome right knee, but plays on.

11 mins: Wales concede an attacking scrum after indecision over claiming a loose Italian kick.

8 mins: Wales gain an attacking scrum from the restart, Charvis leads a good charge. The ball is recycled and spread wide by Duncan Jones and Martyn Williams with superb passes, Mark Jones goes over in the corner for the first try. Iestyn Harris converts superbly from the sideline.
Italy 3-7 Wales

7 mins: Rimi Wakarua goes for goal - and slots it easily.
Italy 3-0 Wales

5 mins: Masi makes good ground, Italy recycle and their back row batters at the Welsh line. Wales concede a penalty in front of the posts.

4 mins: Sonny Parker makes good ground from slow Welsh ball. The men in red kick poorly, though, and the Italians push them back to their 22 where Ceri Sweeney is caught in possession and forced to concede a line-out.

1 min: A powerful Welsh scrum from their burly, hairy props wins possession from the Italians.

Kick off 0940 BST: Australia continue their tradition of kicking games off five minutes after the expected start time, Ceri Sweeny getting proceedings underway. De Rossi carries back powerfully and Italy win the early kicking duel.


Italy: G Canale; N Mazzucato, C Stoica, A Masi, D Dallan; R Wakarua, A Troncon (capt); M Castrogiovanni, F Ongaro, A Lo Cicero, S Dellape, C Checchinato, S Parisse, A Persico, A de Rossi.
Replacements: C Festuccia, S Perugini, M Phillips, S Palmer, C Bezzi, F Mazzariol, M Bergamasco.

Wales: K Morgan; M Jones, S Parker, I Harris, G Thomas; C Sweeney, D Peel; D Jones, R McBride, A Jones, B Cockbain, G Llewellyn, D Jones, M Williams, C Charvis (capt).
Replacements: M Davies, G Jenkins, R Sidoli, J Thomas, G Cooper, S Jones, R Williams.

Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia).





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