LIVE: Wales v Italy
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- Wales open up against an Italy side that they beat 26-9 in Rome on their way to the 2013 title.
- Warren Gatland is back at the helm after sitting out last year because of his British and Irish Lions commitments.
- Wales, who are skippered by Alun Wyn Jones, are overwhelming 1/25 favourites with the bookies to beat the Azzurri.
- But Italy are led by one of the best players in the world in number eight Sergio Parisse and beat France and Ireland in 2013.
RT @gareththomas14: Not as convincing as I Thouht.But one step closer to keeping this at home.. http://t.co/XLCNncDA1t— @suz_warren85 01 February 2014
Wales glass half full: rusty in 1st 6N game, won't be as poor again. Half empty: they won't win in Ireland never mind take title— @robindavey01 01 February 2014
FT: Wales 23 Italy 15
Wales get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start but it was pretty unconvincing stuff
Gatland's men will have to improve dramatically to get a result in Dublin next Saturday
Report to follow...
Italy's Michele Campagnaro gets the official man of the match award for his two tries. Well deserved
Just two minutes left now and Wales look like they will hang on for the victory
Late LH pen saves Wales blushes— @robindavey01 01 February 2014
Halfpenny puts Wales eight points clear with a simple penalty. 23-15 now
Allan kicked the conversion and it's tight now. Wales 20 Italy 15 with ten minutes left on the clock
TRY Campagnaro gets his second of the game after intercepting Halfpenny's pass and racing under the posts from 50 metres
Easy penalty in front of the posts for Halfpenny. Wales have a bit more breathing space at 20-8
RT @ajhmurray: Wales need to lock this one down and stop this Italian Renaissance blah blah— @AndrewPenman1 01 February 2014
Biggest cheer of the day for Sam Warburton replacing Dan Lydiate. The place goes wild!
Wales need a big final 20 minutes— @robindavey01 01 February 2014
Newport Gwent Dragons star Andrew Coombs replaces former Dragons favourite Luke Charteris
Attendance here at the Millennium Stadium is 66,974
CLOSE: Priestland makes a superb break for the line but just runs out of space as he's forced into touch and his pass inside fails to find a teammate
Italians putting Gatland's men under some pressure in the opening stages of the second half but Wales still lead 17-8
Allen misses penalty but Wales stuttering now— @robindavey01 01 February 2014
Allan hits the upright with a penalty. Nobody wants to trouble the scorers at present. Still 17-8
RT @WelshRugbyUnion: Centre @ScottWilliams_1 added Wales' second try on the verge of the half time whistle. #WALvITA http://t.co/xBn9wLTETO— @lardygirlxx 01 February 2014
A rare sight as Halfpenny misses with a penalty, still 17-8
Controversy over a potential forward pass for the Italian try but the video ref saw nothing wrong
Allan misses the conversion. Wales 17 Italy 8
TRY: Campagnaro beats Faletau in a race to the ball and just touches down in time for a shock Italy try. 17-8
Second half is under way at the Millennium Stadium. Wales lead 17-3
HT: Wales 17 Italy 3
Comfortable for Wales for the most part after a great start and end to the half
Italy had their moments but Wales are in charge
Halfpenny makes no mistake with the conversion. Wales 17 Italy 3
TRY Scott Williams crashes over the line after a great break from Jamie Roberts. Wales 15 Italy 3
Sergio Parisse wins mid-air battle with George North to cross the try line but it's ruled as a knock-on. No try. Wales still lead 10-3
That kick takes Leigh Halfpenny to 349 points and into 3rd in all-time Wales list, past James Hook. Only Jenks and S Jones ahead of him now
The kicking machine that is Halfpenny makes it 10-3— @robindavey01 01 February 2014
Halfpenny slots over his first penalty of the day. Wales 10 Italy 3
CLOSE: Nice move from Wales, spread wide from North to Alun Wyn Jones but the skipper is put into touch by Esposito, making up a little for his mistake for the first try
Tomasso Allan kicks Italy's first points from in front of the posts. Wales 7 Italy 3
RT @StevePhillips7: That would be a perfect start then! http://t.co/F5WcmvmtVA— @sport_swep 01 February 2014
CLOSE: Almost a second try for Wales as George North kicked through but Sarto won the chase and the Italians escape further punishment. For now
Halfpenny kicks the conversion. Wales lead 7-0 after five minutes. Great start for Warren Gatland's men
Priestland kick through, Esposito missed the ball and Cuthbert was on hand to go over in the corner
TRY: Cuthbert goes over 5-0 Wales
RT @simonrug: The great Barry John in the press box at the Millennium Stadium. http://t.co/TeiCinAafc— @ruckinred 01 February 2014
Tomasso Allan kicks-off
Two of the best anthems in the world belted out with gusto, now down to action
We've got flames and fireworks as the teams enter the pitch. Will there be fireworks when we kick-off? Just five minutes to go now
Thanks @HospInnovations for the great seats, come on Wales. http://t.co/2Llg87FLr2— @rhys400h 01 February 2014
In place at the Millennium Stadium for Wales v Italy. Bit different to Roots Hall! http://t.co/0XGmHRYMdn— @AndrewPenman1 01 February 2014
Wales: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), J Roberts (Racing Metro), G North (Northampton); R Priestland (Scarlets), M Phillips (Racing Metro); P James (Bath), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), L Charteris (Perpignan), AW Jones (Ospreys, captain), D Lydiate (Racing Metro), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Dragons). Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), R Bevington (Ospreys), R Jones (Scarlets), A Coombs (Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Webb (Ospreys), J Hook (Perpignan), L Williams (Scarlets).
Italy: L McLean (Treviso); A Esposito (Treviso), M Campagnaro (Treviso), A Sgarbi (Treviso), L Sarto (Zebre), T Allan (Perpignan), E Gori (Treviso); M Rizzo (Treviso) L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Toulon) Q Geldenhuys (Zebre), M Bortolami (Zebre), S Parisse (Stade Francais, captain). Replacements: D Giazzon (Zebre), A De Machi (Treviso), J Furno (Biarritz Olympique), F Minto (Treviso), T W Botes (Treviso) L Orquera (Zebre), T Iannone (Zebre).
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
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