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Wales v Italy

Gabby Logan presents live coverage of Wales v Italy. Expert analysis is provided by former Wales flanker Martyn Williams and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton.


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Weak four of the Six Nations and no

one could accuse Warren Gatland of

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being too conservative as he heads

into his 101st game in charge, ten

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changes from the team which lost in

Ireland. Bold or brash? One thing

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not in question today against Italy

is that Wales will have a lot of

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firsts.

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Phenomenal.

One handoff, two hands

off.

New hooker for Wales, Elliot

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Dee of the Dragons.

Owen Watkin.

Great potential.

The newcomer Gareth

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Anscombe sidesteps his way through

the danger.

No such strength in

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depth for Italy coach Conor O'Shea,

they make just one injury enforced

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change to the starting line-up

beaten by France two weeks ago. It

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is now 15 matches without a win, the

worst run of any side in the Six

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Nations. Can they rattle this much

changed Welsh team? It's a fairly

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mild and dry day, Cardiff Bay in the

distance. You can see the river is

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closed on Mothering Sunday which

adds a lot but sometimes to the

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atmosphere which is always fantastic

and a bit too temperature as well

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which we always appreciate. Martyn

Williams alongside me and resting

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Welsh captain Sam Warburton, just as

we have come on the noise levels

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have ratcheted up because the choir

is entering into the arena. You will

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hear the singing very shortly. Let's

talk about the changes today, ten

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changes, that has added some level

of excitement to this fixture

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because especially with Italy, it

could've been a bit of a dead

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rubber.

I was expecting three or

four changes, I did not see ten

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coming. It's a bold move, the last

time he did this against Italy I

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think it was 2009 and Wales

struggled to get over the line. As a

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Welsh band coming into this it's an

exciting looking team.

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Welsh band coming into this it's an

exciting looking team. Bold move.

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The changes he made previously maybe

in the autumn have not always come

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off. It would bike there was a lack

of strength in depth, but bringing

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back former British or

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of strength in depth, but bringing

back former British or flick and

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Irish Lions, we are not talking

about children.

I thought back to

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the Georgia game when Wales

struggled, but if the championship

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was still on there might not have

been as many changes but we have to

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remember it's only a six-day

turnaround until they play France

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next week and that is a must win

game at home. Wales will want to

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finish second which means winning

both games. I think it's quite a

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brave and bold call to make ten

changes but a lot of those players

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have a point to prove that makes

them dangerous.

We will talk about

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them in depth in a moment, all Ian

Williams at full-back position he

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enjoyed for the British and Irish

Lions but Warren Gatland has never

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been convinced about him for Wales

ironically in that position.

It is a

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selection a lot of fans have been

calling for, it will be interesting

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to see if he does relish playing 15,

I think Wales will want to attack.

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It's gone under the radiata, there

are so many other new names in

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there, it's a really attacking

looking team.

Yet some Italian

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voices have said hang on, this is a

bit disrespectful. Rob Howley was

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asked that question and said you are

dammed if you do and and if you

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don't, do the Italians find this a

bit of an insult?

I don't think

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personally would take it as an

insult, you would see it as an

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opportunity. It's not really worked,

or been so successful when he's

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decided to do this so it's an

opportunity. We mullions, George

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North, Toby -- Toby Faletau, making

three changes is easy but making

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ten? It'll be interesting see what

formation will spit out I think from

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an Italian perspective it's an

opportunity. There is only one game

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after this in the Six Nations so

it's really all are nothing now.

If

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I was an Italian the only concern

would be a lack of match readiness,

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if I was Italy, a pretty consistent

team over the past few weeks, they

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want to start this game really well

in the first 20 and put these guys

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you've not had Test match experience

for a month or so now, to try to put

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them under pressure.

We are just

going to go back to yesterday, two

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very exciting which took place and

Ireland ended up winning the day,

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this is how they did it.

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COMMENTATOR: Laidlaw feeds Russell.

Out wide, and there is the danger,

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there is the interception and there

is the try, he scores once more. The

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Scottish defence made to work hard

once again. I would wide it goes to

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Stockdale. Stockdale for his second.

Ireland have the score at the death

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in this first hand. Keen Healy at

the back. Murray looks bright. Conor

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Murray threw himself. Gets it down.

The try is given. Number three for

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Ireland. Ireland hunting, hunting

the fourth --.

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The crowd will only men in green.

Still they come.

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England knew going into the cheating

fixture against France they had to

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win with a bonus point and 9-9 at

half time it did not look like the

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bonus point was coming and then this

happened which slowly eradicated any

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chance of a win, the high tackle

from Anthony Watson penalised. He

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was sent to the sin-bin for his high

tackle which led to a penalty try,

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they kept the lead, only a Johnny

May try to cheer for the England

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fans because they held on, France,

despite a gallant England effort in

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the last few minutes. It was not

enough and they limped out of the

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championship. You can see Ireland

have won with 19 points and they

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have more to pick up if they want

them next week. England could drop

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to third this evening because Wales

could go up to second with a bonus

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point today against Italy. Suddenly

we have

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point today against Italy. Suddenly

we have a whole weekend to go, we

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know who the champions are but we

don't know if it's a Grand Slam are

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not yet. Great work from a team who

throughout this championship looked

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the most clinical and assured.

I

think when you ask a lot of people

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at the start to looks the strongest,

they have got a great coach and are

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tactically very astute but they got

a great group of players as well,

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really strong squad. Ireland looking

back deserved to win the

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championship, they've been extremely

effective and clinical and when I

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watched Wales play them a couple of

weeks ago I did think, even though

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Wales stayed in the game it was

quite a dominant display from

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Ireland. Next week it'll be a great

challenge, England will not throwing

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the towel but deserved winners.

In

Jacob Stockdale they found a player

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who has taken to life in the Six

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Jacob Stockdale they found a player

who has taken to life in the Six

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Nations, multiple try scorer in each

match so far and it was a key

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moment.

Scotland had their chances

but they were not clinical but

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Ireland have been throw the

championship. When they get the

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chance, the same thing as against

Wales to finish the game two weeks

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ago, he's been a real find. He

brings a bit of stardust to the

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backline.

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brings a bit of stardust to the

backline. They are a well oiled

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machine. So visioned in everything

they do.

Swings and roundabouts,

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Scotland have a couple of chances,

they could have gone through and

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scored tries which would be held on

and you go back to match day one and

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it ended up with a drop goal for

Ireland against France in the last

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minute.

It has been well documented

to win away from home, the Sexton

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drop goal has been the defining

moment, that summed it up, 40

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phases, no mistakes and then

executing the play is phenomenal.

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They deserve to have won. They hold

onto the ball so well. Phase after

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phase they back themselves, from the

first. They are not afraid to try

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anything, even yesterday, three

minutes left to go most teams would

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have kicked downfield and said let's

get to half-time with a slight

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advantage instead they play and they

get reward and score. Their credit

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to them they are the best team in

the Six Nations.

We will talk to

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Italy now, Conor O'Shea still

looking for his first win and the

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Six Nations in charge and it's the

first time he comes up against his

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former Ireland coach Warren Gatland.

He's been talking to Sagna.

Back in

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the dim and distant past when you

were playing Warren Gatland was your

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coach, what's it like come up

against and for the first time?

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Looking forward to hopefully having

a quiet drink with him afterwards

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and showing if we can make today,

which is our focus, making sure the

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big moments in the match go our way,

when we look back at the first three

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games, the first half was not good

enough against Ireland but against

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England and France there have been

moments that can change the energy

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of the game. It's about fitness,

it's the mental boost when we need

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it most. If we can hang in open

those moments go our way and you see

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a different mentality not just from

us but the pressure we can put on

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the opposition.

There was a moment

against France you lost your cool

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and calm demeanour, is frustration

the overriding emotion?

I think at

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14-7 and 14-10 between minute 46 and

56 we had four opportunities, made a

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line break and that's what I mean by

these pivotal moments. A couple of

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decisions which are massive, we

don't control them but we control

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the other stuff and that's what we

are focusing on, our execution. If

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you look back in that game, yes we

are away from home, as England

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showed yesterday, as Scotland showed

in Ireland you are under pressure

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but you have to write those moments.

We know we are going to need a bit

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of luck but if we execute the mental

energy within the game it changes

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and that's what we need to look for

today, keep looking forward but we

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do not want a repeat of the

first-half.

From your experience of

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Conor O'Shea is he the man you feel

can take Italy forward for a couple

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of generations, people look at it in

four year terms but he seems to be

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looking at this as a long-term job.

He was the first coach you sat down

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and from day one said I don't want

to be here four years I want to be

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here eight years at least. With that

in mind he slowly tried to change

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the rugby from the grassroots, he's

worked hard with the academies which

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are in place, it's going to be a

long-term project and I think they

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understand that better than anyone

else but he's there for the long

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haul and I think that the something

Italy really need.

Being a coach at

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international level, band expect

wins straightaway and if you coach a

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club team they are not judged after

five or six games because you know

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you're going to be there for so long

but internationally you need results

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straightaway and that is what is so

hard. You might only be in charge

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for a handful of games but people

expect you to win straightaway. It's

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a tough job but hopefully they stick

with him and he needs a bit of time.

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What he seems keen to do which

perhaps previous coaches have not is

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try out the young players, you only

get experience through experience.

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We sought Matteo Minozzi playing

well against

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We sought Matteo Minozzi playing

well against France, he had key

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moments for Italy, an exciting

prospect.

He has been a real find

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for Italy so far this Six Nations.

Italy have always lacked backline

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players with player that can beat

somebody one-on-one and he has shown

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it so far. Great support line, runs

all day. Get a bit of a lucky bounce

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at the end and take some five point.

One of the things everyone was

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concerned about before the Six

Nations was this, his defensive

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work. His positional play in the

backfield. I think so far, I have

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work. His positional play in the

backfield. I think so far, I have

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looked at him a lot and over the

past few weeks he's been spot on,

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not making any mistakes. Everyone is

looking forward to watching him

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play, he is an X factor player that

Italy needs.

He was asked about the

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frustration and

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Italy needs.

He was asked about the

frustration and I guess it's more

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than just this moment but this was a

key moment for Italy against France.

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Absolutely and it typifies Italy,

they do so much good but then at

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crucial moments in the game they

make a basic mistake. It's such a

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momentum swing. He's got to give it

out, this is meat and drink to the

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French, into the maul, winning the

turnover. Look at the emotions, he

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knows it's the wrong one, he knows

how key it is. Conor does not get

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animated often but you can see how

frustrated he is.

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animated often but you can see how

frustrated he is. In every game they

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have been in it and cost teams

problems and looked good attacking

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with the ball in hand which they've

not done for a while, I think it's

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the end of the tunnel for Italy.

Couple of domestic teams going

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really well, it's those crucial

moments.

That happens in

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international rugby a lot, there are

one or two key moment in the game

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and sometimes a team can break and

the floodgates open, it is can they

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stop that from happening as long as

possible to stay in the game.

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Especially when you are Italy and

you've not won in the Six Nations

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for 15 games are something like

that, those little opportunities

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become something bigger because the

confidence drops. The other team

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gets its tail up as well. More so

for Italy those occasions.

Warren

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Gatland must feel after what he has

seen of Italy in this championship

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you can experiment a little with his

side today, wholesale changes this

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afternoon as he enjoys life as a

centurion.

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What impact has that New Zealander

had on Welsh rugby?

You look back

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and think it's not bad achievement.

An amazing turnaround by the men in

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red. It's a draw in Dublin. Elliot

Dee LA scores for England

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Wales have won the Grand Slam.

I

said to the players I think we will

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batter them.

What a try to finish

with.

There is nothing wrong with a

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bit of banter before I game.

It will

be a fanfare in Dublin.

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As we heard, one of those ten

changes is the flanker James Davies

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of Scarlets, rather than injure

centre Jonathan, he won Olympic

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silver in Rio with the sevens, we

want you to meet him.

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The Olympics, representing Great

Britain was a massive. Second try

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for Great Britain.

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for Great Britain. Growing up in

Wales playing rugby you never saw

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yourself as an Olympian, you just

dreams of playing for your country.

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It just takes time to convince

people and maybe people thought with

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my size but I like to think I punch

above my weight. I am my own man and

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I think we are different as people.

Very different as players as well.

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He has been, it has been proudly

watching him and hopefully he can be

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as proud as I am of him on Sunday.

Quite cocky. I have probably got the

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most belief in my game over anyone

and that's a big part of who I am

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and my game. It's a new environment

for me. You come into a new group of

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players with British Lions except

you, you don't just come in all guns

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blazing, you've got to earn your

stripes. 15 turnovers, three job

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goals, something like that?

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There's a lot of excitement about

this Welsh back row today, a lot of

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There's a lot of excitement about

this Welsh back row today, a lot of

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people say Wales have so much

strength in depth when you compare

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them to England for example, he is

not the biggest, but you know all

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about that.

He's a character, bit of

a cult hero, people have been crying

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out for him to start and play for

Wales, finally he gets the

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opportunity. This is in the sevens,

he was superb for Great Britain in

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the Olympics. He reminds me of

Michael Hooper, the Australian

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captain. Not the biggest but so

explosive and exciting. Very good

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and the contact area as well.

Stealing the opposition ball. He's

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been superb for the last couple of

years.

Wales have so much strength

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in depth in the back role because we

all grew up wanting to be Martyn

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Williams! I will say some criticism

about the balance of the back row

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but I disagree,

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about the balance of the back row

but I disagree, James Davies is an

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explosive ball-carrier,

statistically one of the best guys

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at turning over ball in the league.

He averages 1.8 per game.

And

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turnovers are hard to come by with

the changes to laws. Justin Tipuric

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has defensively been brilliant and

upped his game. The top line-out

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last year and Toby Faletau does

everything. Really nice balance.

He

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does everything. Did he bring you

for some advice about his team talk?

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We are here to give insight but I

have no idea what he's going to say.

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He's been a leader in his own way

and if I was playing and he was

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capped and I would love that

selection. I would love him to leave

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me out.

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selection. I would love him to leave

me out.

He is world-class,

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technically, ball carrying, makes

everything so easy.

To pick the ball

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up from the front row, this is his

bread-and-butter. So comfortable at

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the base of the scrum and Wales have

scored a try they had no right to

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score. It was all down to Toby.

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scored a try they had no right to

score. It was all down to Toby.

I

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agree, he is world-class, he does

not have to say anything because you

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don't want to let him down, he will

lead from the front.

One of the big

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names back in the starting line-up,

George North with a troubled couple

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of weeks with his club Northampton,

you must have come up against him

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for Northampton, when you think he

is still only 25, this blip where

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it's not worked out how he wanted

playing for Northampton, he still

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has plenty of time to play great

rugby.

I think everyone forget how

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young he is and how much expediency

brings, I saw a stat before that he

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has beaten over 100 offenders in the

Six Nations tournament which is the

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most of anyone. I will take credit

that I will be on that list quite a

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lot so I glad I'm not coming up

against him today! He is so big and

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quick and he can move. He's a threat

and Italy will have to be on their

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toes.

The thing with George because

he's such a high-profile player and

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he's a superstar in rugby because he

came on the scene and made such an

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impression that he will make

headlines in the papers because he

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is George North and everyone who is

a rugby fan wants to read stories

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about him. It comes with the

territory of being a player as high

0:21:260:21:29

profile as he is. As an athlete he

is one of the best when he's playing

0:21:290:21:36

well.

His best rugby is in front of

him as well. It's been a bold move

0:21:360:21:41

going to Northampton and it's not

quite worked but coming back to

0:21:410:21:45

Wales, he's only going to get

better.

In terms of what has gone on

0:21:450:21:50

underneath that story will he feel

let down?

I would if I was George

0:21:500:21:55

North. It should be kept behind

closed doors. It's not a nice way

0:21:550:22:02

for George to finish but it will be

interesting to see what happens in

0:22:020:22:06

the next few weeks.

Gareth Anscombe

starting, we have seen him come off

0:22:060:22:10

the bench with great impact but it's

another thing starting.

0:22:100:22:14

the bench with great impact but it's

another thing starting.

It is, the

0:22:140:22:16

third outside-half for Wales. When

he's stepped into the role in the

0:22:160:22:25

last 20 minutes he's caused

opposition defenders so many

0:22:250:22:28

problems but the question is can he

start and control the game from the

0:22:280:22:31

off?

He is brilliant taking the ball

to the line and attacking defensive

0:22:310:22:36

lines, you can see he's comfortable

doing it. Great sidestep. When he

0:22:360:22:41

plays number ten he is good at

communicating. He's good at

0:22:410:22:45

organising force to run off him.

He's a big game player. He came over

0:22:450:22:50

from New Zealand, he won a

0:22:500:22:54

He's a big game player. He came over

from New Zealand, he won a Super

0:22:540:22:54

He's a big game player. He came over

from New Zealand, he won a Super 15

0:22:540:22:54

final with the Chiefs, started for

Wales when we played Australia in

0:22:540:22:59

the World Cup, started in their

quarterfinal against South Africa so

0:22:590:23:02

he's played big games already. He

might seem like a new selection but

0:23:020:23:05

he's a big game player.

And he is a

Warren Gatland type player, he wants

0:23:050:23:10

to do well.

Absolutely, he's been

around the squad, a lot of injuries

0:23:100:23:15

which have stopped and started his

career but he's a quality player.

0:23:150:23:20

This is a big moment for Toby

Faletau. You know what it's like

0:23:200:23:24

reading your country out, both of

you. What's going through his head?

0:23:240:23:29

Normally I am ready to rip

somebody's head off and there's a

0:23:290:23:33

little mascot and I had to come

right back down and make him feel

0:23:330:23:35

confident. But this is the best

moment you can have as a captain,

0:23:350:23:41

when there are the three tiers

opening up and the Welsh fans are

0:23:410:23:45

all there it's a privilege.

A couple

of legends facing each other as

0:23:450:23:49

captain, Sergio

0:23:490:23:54

captain, Sergio Parisse, what an

icon of the game he is.

What was he

0:23:550:24:00

like to run out behind?

Massive

amounts of experience and he's been

0:24:000:24:05

Italy's best player every week for

the last ten years. Having the boys

0:24:050:24:11

out is a massive boost. Some of the

younger boys looked at them what

0:24:110:24:16

they were growing up.

0:24:160:24:18

Always a dramatic moment when the

teams come out into the stadium,

0:24:300:24:34

plenty of mothers being treated on

Mother's Day to a lovely day out as

0:24:340:24:37

always. The fireworks go off, you

will hear the choir in a moment,

0:24:370:24:44

time for a final thoughts, is it

going to be the attack minded

0:24:440:24:50

running rugby, that so many expect

this line-up could produce?

Wales

0:24:500:24:54

will have to go to both game plans,

they have to be physical but there

0:24:540:24:59

will definitely be tries. It will be

high-scoring.

Confident of a win, I

0:24:590:25:03

am a bit apprehensive because of the

changes but I think they will win.

0:25:030:25:10

There could be mistakes if they try

to throw the ball around as much as

0:25:100:25:14

we expect them to.

After the anthems

you will hear from our commentary

0:25:140:25:20

team, that's the Faletau family

looking on as their boy leads the

0:25:200:25:27

country out for the first time on

his 70th cap. Now a rousing moment

0:25:270:25:33

in this stadium, time for two

cracking anthems.

0:25:330:25:40

# Fratelli d'Italia

l'Italia s'e desta

0:25:570:26:04

# dell'elmo di Scipio

s'e cinta la testa

0:26:040:26:12

# Dov'e la Vittoria

le porga la chioma

0:26:130:26:21

# che schiava di Roma

Iddio la creo

0:26:210:26:29

# Fratelli d'Italia

l'Italia s'e desta

0:26:320:26:36

# dell'elmo di Scipio

s'e cinta la testa

0:26:360:26:39

# Dov'e la Vittoria

le porga la chioma

0:26:390:26:43

# che schiava di Roma

Iddio la creo

0:26:430:26:48

# Stringiamci a coorte

siam pronti alla morte

0:26:480:26:51

# Siam pronti alla morte

l'Italia chiamo

0:26:510:26:55

# Stringiamci a coorte

siam pronti alla morte

0:26:550:26:57

# Siam pronti alla morte

l'Italia chiamo #.

0:26:570:27:05

CHEERING

APPLAUSE

0:27:050:27:08

# Mae hen wlad fy nhadau

yn annwyl i mi

0:27:230:27:30

# Gwlad beirdd a chantorion,

enwogion o fri

0:27:320:27:40

# Ei gwrol ryfelwyr,

gwladgarwyr tra mad

0:27:420:27:50

# Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed

0:27:530:28:01

# Gwlad, gwlad

0:28:030:28:09

# Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad

0:28:090:28:16

# Tra mor yn fur i'r bur hoff bau

0:28:160:28:24

# O bydded i'r heniaith barhau. #

0:28:270:28:35

CHEERING

APPLAUSE

0:28:390:28:45

COMMENTATOR: Well whatever might or

might not be at stake the anthems

0:28:460:28:50

sound as loud as ever and mean as

much to those who line up for their

0:28:500:28:55

country and even more to those

singing in the Jersey for the first

0:28:550:28:59

time. Ten changes in total and the

one who gets his first cap is James

0:28:590:29:03

Davies of

0:29:030:29:03

one who gets his first cap is James

Davies of Scarlets. New front row,

0:29:030:29:09

income Nicky Smith more survival is

in need backline. Owen Watkin

0:29:090:29:18

getting a run at outside centre,

George North on the left, both

0:29:180:29:24

equally dangerous. Conor O'Shea

making just one change to the

0:29:240:29:28

Italian side which lost in Paris,

the pack remains the same and the

0:29:280:29:32

strength relies on the back row.

Might be the last time playing in

0:29:320:29:41

this stadium, captain Parisse.

Filling in at centre, 21-year-old

0:29:410:29:51

full-back Minozzi can trouble most

defensive, scored against Ireland

0:29:510:29:56

and France. Late change to the bench

for Wales, Samson Lee failed a

0:29:560:30:02

fitness test so Jones provides cover

at tight head prop. The newer

0:30:020:30:07

generation. Italy have one to watch

in Licata, 21-year-old flanker.

0:30:070:30:15

Faletau leading the side for the

first time and alongside him James

0:30:150:30:18

Davies playing for Wales for the

first time. The referee for this one

0:30:180:30:24

is Jerome Garces of France.

0:30:240:30:28

Sergio Parisse talked about this

stadium as one that he will miss the

0:30:310:30:35

most when he does finally hang up

the boots, saying it is the greatest

0:30:350:30:40

rugby stadium in the world, Warren

Gatland, Shaun Edwards and Rob

0:30:400:30:44

Howley watching on in spring, the

season of renewal and looking

0:30:440:30:49

forward and Wales have an eye on the

future but still a chance to finish

0:30:490:30:53

second in the championship as

Tommaso Allan gets Italy going in

0:30:530:30:56

the final game of the penultimate

weekend of the NatWest Six Nations

0:30:560:31:01

and taken in immediately by George

North. Already Nicky Smith trying to

0:31:010:31:07

get free.

0:31:070:31:14

Up it goes from Gareth Davies. Long

and taken by Parisse. Into the

0:31:140:31:24

challenge of Bradley Davies.

Marcello Violi find support and

0:31:240:31:30

carried in by Mbanda. Violi again,

firmly established as the first

0:31:300:31:37

choice scrum-half. Negri the

blindside flanker, you'll force for

0:31:370:31:42

Italy. It is Italy with the first

chance to carry. Dean Budd in the

0:31:420:31:50

second row and noise from the

Italian fans inside the stadium.

0:31:500:31:54

Allan thought he saw some space and

had to be controlled by Liam

0:31:590:32:03

Williams. He sends it high. And

slapped backwards by Williams,

0:32:030:32:11

trying to get it back to Welsh

support but it goes into touch.

They

0:32:110:32:17

will be happy with the defensive

effort, Wales. Today is all about

0:32:170:32:23

being clinical and patient for

Wales. A lot of changes and I think

0:32:230:32:28

the Italians will fancy a crack at

the Welsh pack. It will be an

0:32:280:32:32

interesting encounter this

afternoon.

Along with Parisse and

0:32:320:32:37

Zanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, the

hooker, on the experienced players

0:32:370:32:42

in the Italian team. Flinging it

around the and just a little stumble

0:32:420:32:51

from Bisegni.

First turnover, James

Davies right over it straightaway.

0:32:510:33:01

Can Wales take advantage with Cory

Hill? Faletau trying a little

0:33:010:33:08

grubber through but only to Parisse.

0:33:080:33:15

Back they come for the penalty

advantage that was being played by

0:33:150:33:19

Jerome Garces.

There was a trip

there by Minozzi but Davies was

0:33:190:33:27

straight over the ball.

There is no

way they can be isolated, if the

0:33:270:33:36

Italians are isolated there is a

very quick back row for Wales.

0:33:360:33:45

Interesting that Davies is playing

for the first, and yet you have

0:33:460:33:49

Navidi and Warburton is injured and

a lot of other quality opensides,

0:33:490:33:57

but some countries wouldn't give the

those options.

We know who you are

0:33:570:34:03

talking about!

A statement of intent

by Wales and they're here to try to

0:34:030:34:08

score tries today. Elliot Dee

finding Tipuric.

0:34:080:34:12

Wales through Davies now and North

with the power. Graceful feet as

0:34:200:34:25

well. Wales to within five metres.

They come through the forwards,

0:34:250:34:36

frantic defence from Italy, Zanni

trying to disrupt.

0:34:360:34:43

On by Elliot Dee again, the Dragons

hooker. It comes back and straight

0:34:430:34:49

through goes Hadleigh Parkes and it

was simple when it came. The first

0:34:490:34:55

try within four minutes and Wales

break through. And we wondered if

0:34:550:35:00

this Welsh team with all those

changes would find continuity and

0:35:000:35:04

link wealth and an answer within

four minutes.

Watch the tackle, he

0:35:040:35:09

gets his head in the wrong position,

I think it is Castello. He was left

0:35:090:35:13

on the floor and he will have the

HIA. They did not commit men to the

0:35:130:35:22

ruck but you can't miss the tackle

one on one. His body position was

0:35:220:35:26

dreadful. He paid the consequences.

Any of you are looking to teach

0:35:260:35:32

children, the head has to be outside

the outside of the waste, not

0:35:320:35:36

inside. And especially not near

Sergio Parisse who was going for the

0:35:360:35:43

same tackle as well.

The defence was

organised, they did not commit to

0:35:430:35:48

the ruck and yet the one on one

missed tackle and seven points.

And

0:35:480:35:55

of course the most simple of

conversions after the score from

0:35:550:35:59

Hadleigh Parkes and Wales are off to

a flyer. Hadleigh Parkes with his

0:35:590:36:03

third try for Wales.

And although

Italy only had the one change, I

0:36:030:36:13

think he is the one player they have

discovered this year who is real

0:36:130:36:17

quality and they will miss him a

inordinately.

Wales certainly

0:36:170:36:23

targeting second place in the table.

That is stolen by the rugby league

0:36:230:36:30

at the interception and an

opportunity now for Owen Watkin who

0:36:300:36:34

was away and free and looking for

support now and he steps around

0:36:340:36:38

Parisse and it is George North who

is in for the second try! One end of

0:36:380:36:45

the Principality Stadium to the

other and they celebrate again.

That

0:36:450:36:49

looks straightforward from an

interception. But it still needs

0:36:490:36:57

scoring. Plenty of times we have

seen clear breaks not converted.

0:36:570:37:05

There was still a lot to do.

You

cannot throw a blind pass. There

0:37:050:37:11

were two there, it was a brilliant

intercept by Watkin and fantastic

0:37:110:37:18

support play. He has awareness and

looks up and he steps Parisse and

0:37:180:37:22

there was the window where every

good window should be -- winger.

0:37:220:37:33

They got slightly overexcited,

Italy, and two blind passes and the

0:37:330:37:36

second was the interception.

0:37:360:37:40

With the space -- within the space

of a minute or so, Gareth Anscombe

0:37:430:37:50

to try to convert again.

0:37:500:37:55

It came back and it is 14 points.

And you fear a long afternoon for

0:37:560:38:05

Italy.

There was the first one and

the second. He has never seen the

0:38:050:38:13

outside man coming in and it is an

easy try but a great finish by

0:38:130:38:17

George North.

31 tries now for

North. Missing at the start of this

0:38:170:38:23

Six Nations but he has worked his

way back in through the replacement

0:38:230:38:26

and now starting and he will be a

hard man to dislodge.

0:38:260:38:31

Again, when a side like Italy, or

any side, comes to Cardiff, you want

0:38:350:38:39

to try to quieten the crowd in the

opening minutes but that plan has

0:38:390:38:43

very much failed. Parisse into

North, one small victory. That was

0:38:430:38:53

fine, says the referee, despite the

decoy run. Italy trying once again.

0:38:530:39:00

Carried in by Benvenuti.

0:39:000:39:06

Carried in by Benvenuti. And there

is the tight head, Ferrari and a

0:39:070:39:09

penalty to Italy. The culprit is

Tomas Francis.

Even this early in

0:39:090:39:18

the game come interesting to see

what they do but I would take the

0:39:180:39:20

points.

Incidentally, we should

confirm what Jonathan was suggesting

0:39:200:39:25

as they go out for the corner, that

the massacre still owe it off for an

0:39:250:39:32

HIA -- Tommaso Castello is off.

They

have obviously listened to you and

0:39:320:39:38

gone for the corner.

England last

night against France had two

0:39:380:39:45

opportunities, and Farrell's kick

was brilliant into the corner but

0:39:450:39:48

that is the difference he has not

found the five metres.

The different

0:39:480:39:53

if they might actually win the ball.

It is up to derive the knee to hit

0:39:530:39:59

his mark. Italy arriving late to the

line-out. It is a good take by Budd.

0:39:590:40:09

And held at the back by Dirar beanie

with Parisse alongside him who

0:40:090:40:15

smuggled it away -- to

0:40:150:40:19

-- Leonardo Ghiraldini. Parisse pops

up everywhere. Now they move it

0:40:190:40:31

through Bisegni and advantage to

Italy. This is a free attack with a

0:40:310:40:39

penalty coming. Violi looking down

the blindside to Minozzi with a

0:40:390:40:44

quick feet and Leicester it! Minozzi

scores and what a finish -- and he

0:40:440:40:51

has done it.

That was superb

individual skill. He had the

0:40:510:40:56

knowledge he could come back but he

decided to keep it in hand and that

0:40:560:41:04

took some scoring.

It is interesting

here, it is a dummy kick. After this

0:41:040:41:13

ruck. He thinks the dummy kick, the

number nine and Liam Williams drops

0:41:130:41:17

back and it gives him an extra yard

to get on the outside of Williams.

0:41:170:41:24

He drops back and it gives him

enough space to run at him and he

0:41:240:41:29

skins him on the outside, brilliant

finish.

Wonderful finish from

0:41:290:41:31

Minozzi. Away from the attentions of

Liam Williams first of all and then

0:41:310:41:40

Davies and Steff Evans.

You can say

what you like about the fact that

0:41:400:41:43

two Welsh defenders should have made

those tackles but you cannot take

0:41:430:41:48

away from the fact that Minozzi

found a way to beat them.

Great

0:41:480:41:52

finish.

A man down injured all the

while that Minozzi has now scored

0:41:520:42:00

against Ireland, France and Wales.

It is a Maxime Mbanda who is being

0:42:000:42:07

healed. The conversion will just

about sale over his head.

Quiet

0:42:070:42:13

start to the game!

Cagey affair!

0:42:130:42:21

And the contribution of Parisse

again, taking the ball forward. He

0:42:210:42:27

had been involved in the line-up

earlier on in the move and got out

0:42:270:42:32

there to be a carrier.

Tommaso Allan

to try to convert.

0:42:320:42:41

Decent nudge and straight through it

goes. Minozzi's try is a 7-point and

0:42:410:42:50

a bright start to the match. I think

we will have a few more tries today.

0:42:500:42:56

Just watch again, Williams drops

back and it allows him to have a bit

0:43:000:43:04

of a run at him. Great finish.

0:43:040:43:13

He is not the biggest man, Minozzi,

but so quick off the mark and his

0:43:130:43:19

acceleration and his step really

does frighten defenders. Mbanda has

0:43:190:43:26

been strapped up. A little dink

restart and it comes back to

0:43:260:43:35

Parisse.

0:43:350:43:41

Ghiraldini plays scrum-half. Set by

Negri. All sorts of complaints from

0:43:450:43:54

various players as that goes up I

come a few yards forward. Answering

0:43:540:43:59

around and fair game for anyone and

eventually it is the scrum-half

0:43:590:44:04

Marcello Violi.

0:44:040:44:11

I think the scrum-half cleaned up

his own mess.

0:44:110:44:21

Violi sets his guards to protect the

kick and sends it the way of Liam

0:44:220:44:29

Williams who goes over the top of

Benvenuti.

Good counter ruck, Budd

0:44:290:44:36

was in there and came through the

middle.

Ghiraldini onto Allan and

0:44:360:44:42

there is Hayward who is on

permanently now for Castello and

0:44:420:44:45

this is Minozzi again come almost

away. Italy playing with a bit of

0:44:450:44:53

fluency now. The ball goes loose but

backwards. There is Dean Budd, good

0:44:530:45:00

off-load onto Ferrari.

No hands,

red.

Allen out wide to Benvenuti

0:45:000:45:10

again who slaps aside his own man.

Dean Budd again.

No.

The little chip

0:45:100:45:20

over the top into touch but they

were moving forward quite nicely.

0:45:200:45:25

For me that is a giveaway. It will

be a Welsh line-out and they should

0:45:250:45:29

get it. They were making yardage and

winning the gain line battle. Look

0:45:290:45:35

at the patience.

A quick line-out by

Wales taken down by Tipuric and the

0:45:350:45:42

long kick to Benvenuti.

0:45:420:45:48

long kick to Benvenuti. Up it goes

from Minozzi. Here is an some and

0:45:480:45:52

Williams. Williams able to off-load

and Parkes finds George North. It is

0:45:520:46:04

a bit hushed inside the stadium now

after the flurry of tries. Wales

0:46:040:46:13

with an opportunity, space

appearing, an some take it in.

0:46:130:46:16

Francis with Parkes who scored the

first try and he directs that kick

0:46:160:46:22

very well indeed.

It needs the Wells

forward now to put pressure on the

0:46:220:46:30

Italian throw but Italy have to be

careful because when they are

0:46:300:46:33

kicking the ball from the back three

air chase and defence is very

0:46:330:46:37

haphazard. One or two players but no

coherent first and second lines and

0:46:370:46:44

if Wales recognise that they could

cause carnage.

Maxime Mbanda has had

0:46:440:46:49

to go off he has been replaced by

Giovanni Licata in the back row.

0:46:490:46:55

Italy with the lion's share of

possession. Again, I think

0:46:550:47:03

possession particularly can

sometimes...

They will be happy with

0:47:030:47:07

the start but one missed tackle and

one intercept and they are 14 points

0:47:070:47:11

behind so they have to eradicate

their mistakes and keep their

0:47:110:47:15

discipline.

Eclipse of Licata who is

on as Negri took it in. -- a glimpse

0:47:150:47:20

of Licata. That is not a bad

clearing kick.

When you see Minozzi

0:47:200:47:28

and the contribution he makes, you

have mentioned a couple of times he

0:47:280:47:33

is relatively small, but isn't it

nice to see players at pace being

0:47:330:47:40

able to make things rather than just

bludgeon?

There is no substitute for

0:47:400:47:45

pace.

A few players have players who

are speedier rather than larger now.

0:47:450:47:58

Elliot Dee is there. Anscombe

thought he saw a gap opening up.

0:47:580:48:06

North having a wrestle with

Ghiraldini.

0:48:060:48:16

Try to go through the middle with

Cory Hill and Nicky Smith and the

0:48:160:48:21

ball goes loose and Italy will have

the scrum.

It is brilliant from

0:48:210:48:26

Wales, quick passing, short passes

and James Davies will be

0:48:260:48:30

disappointed, there was an

opportunity on the right-hand side.

0:48:300:48:33

Wales will have watched Italy, they

spread a lot and don't commit. The

0:48:330:48:36

off-load and the turned pass, one

more and George North against

0:48:360:48:45

Minozzi five yards out. Wales have

been clever because they have varied

0:48:450:48:49

their attack, where they are

attacking, they go wide but when

0:48:490:48:53

they spread the defence they will

pick and drive. They bring the

0:48:530:48:57

defenders in and then go wide again.

Good variety.

0:48:570:49:03

This is the first scrum after 16 and

a half minutes.

0:49:030:49:14

Wales just beginning to squeeze but

it comes back for Italy and Hayward.

0:49:190:49:27

Play on.

Violi was trying to dig it

free. Minozzi has got a useful boot

0:49:270:49:38

as well.

That is a lot better from

the Italians, the exit strategy, you

0:49:380:49:43

have a left foot and right foot, not

a bad clearing kick.

It was a

0:49:430:49:49

capable exit but he would have

wanted another ten or 15 metres.

0:49:490:49:53

Wales playing with pace and restart

is taken, Williams out wide to Steff

0:49:530:49:57

Evans. A little chip and the

touchdown for Gareth Davies. The try

0:49:570:50:06

they will check if he was in front

of the kicker but he and Wales

0:50:060:50:10

celebrate and it might be try number

three.

That is only possible

0:50:100:50:15

downside. I must admit, in the

excitement of watching...

He is a

0:50:150:50:24

brilliant track and support player.

I want to check if number 15 red is

0:50:240:50:32

onside.

We are kicking for a player

in front of the ball as it was

0:50:320:50:38

kicked?

Yes.

I will get back to you.

Gareth Davies is very good at this.

0:50:380:50:44

He is offside, no try. He would have

been disappointed because he could

0:50:440:50:50

have held his run a bit more. They

played together for the Scarlet and

0:50:500:50:54

they always do it. But he was

offside, no try.

You know if it

0:50:540:51:00

looks suspect in real time that it

probably is on the replay and you

0:51:000:51:04

could see he was some distance

offside. The decision from Marius

0:51:040:51:09

Jonker.

I have a decision for you.

On the big screen, the red player is

0:51:090:51:19

clearly offside so no try and

penalty for offside.

That is the

0:51:190:51:25

correct decision.

0:51:250:51:26

Jerome Garces had seen it on the big

screen in any case so penalty to

0:51:290:51:32

Italy.

But very well explained.

Marius is a man of clarity! Relief

0:51:320:51:44

for Conor O'Shea. It is a strange

atmosphere around the stadium, sort

0:51:440:51:52

of a murmuring because they expect

and demand tries today and they had

0:51:520:51:56

those two early on but Italy have

settled into the Matt Skura 12.

You

0:51:560:52:00

have to consider that Ireland have

already taken the title -- Italy

0:52:000:52:06

have settled into the match quite

well. While there is a lot riding on

0:52:060:52:11

this for individual players at the

thought of playing in a fixture

0:52:110:52:14

which is not going to effect the

outcome of the championship one way

0:52:140:52:17

or another must have some effect.

Silver medal? Do they do those? They

0:52:170:52:22

should do. Italy coming once more

and a rare chance for Bellini, not

0:52:220:52:29

sure he has had his hands on the

ball yet, the winger.

It was

0:52:290:52:35

interesting, the proponents of the

bonus point system, of which I was

0:52:350:52:39

one, never thought it would end the

tournament early.

I think there is a

0:52:390:52:46

lot to play for, a lot of young

players for Wales, the World Cup is

0:52:460:52:50

coming up and they have a great

opportunity to stake a claim and the

0:52:500:52:53

Italians had to develop their game

and give the youngsters the

0:52:530:52:57

platform. I think they have done

very well so far, dominating

0:52:570:53:01

possession and territory but

unfortunately made two mistakes that

0:53:010:53:04

cost them but they have responded

well.

Steepling kick from Violi but

0:53:040:53:10

they go back for a penalty and it

was James Davies with a late tackle.

0:53:100:53:15

That was a long way back. I think he

just bumped into him, I don't think

0:53:150:53:20

there was anything in that. The

outside-half was aware that James

0:53:200:53:25

Davies was around and he just bumped

his shoulder.

Interesting with

0:53:250:53:31

Davies coming in committee is

pulling up trees for the Scarlet and

0:53:310:53:34

earning plaudits and he will be so

keen to make an impact.

What a kick

0:53:340:53:39

that is.

That is tremendous.

He goes

across, this was in slow motion. It

0:53:390:53:47

is a penalty.

Apart from not having

to do it and it being unnecessary!

0:53:470:53:53

And it has cost him, what a

magnificent kick.

The serious point

0:53:530:54:01

is that if Italy, as they are

capable of doing, were to score,

0:54:010:54:05

that sort of thing is a crucial

lesson on why you cannot simply just

0:54:050:54:12

step over a mark.

They strolled to

the line-out and Budd takes it from

0:54:120:54:19

Dirar beanie. The maul goes down. --

Ghiraldini.

A bit unfortunate

0:54:190:54:27

because Parisse lost his footing.

0:54:270:54:32

Elliot Dee getting the talking to.

It comes round and Parisse has gone

0:54:350:54:42

down and that means the players who

want to keep it up have not been

0:54:420:54:48

able to.

0:54:480:54:49

The only legal way to stop the

driving maul is to get enough

0:54:530:54:57

weight. The illegal they can

possibly cost you a penalty try so

0:54:570:55:02

in the end a good result for Wales

irrespective of the fact that Italy

0:55:020:55:07

have the put-in.

Instead of the

line-out attack it is a scrum attack

0:55:070:55:10

for Italy at the five metre line.

This is another area for Wales, you

0:55:100:55:16

look at the front row and the

players on the bench and how well

0:55:160:55:20

people are coping, looking at the

depth must be pleasing for Warren

0:55:200:55:26

Gatland and his coaching and

management staff, to see the number

0:55:260:55:32

of players stepping forward who he

can trust at this level.

0:55:320:55:36

Great opportunity for Italy here.

0:55:390:55:45

There is a ten metre blindside, just

enough to work in.

0:55:480:56:00

In it goes from Violi and Wales

moving it around and the ball is out

0:56:020:56:06

and Italy trying to secure it and

they have it now with Bellini who

0:56:060:56:09

makes good ground, the winger

working hard to save the situation.

0:56:090:56:20

It slows for a moment. Dean Budd

alongside Leonardo Ghiraldini. Set

0:56:200:56:26

back but not a huge amount of

support. Violi to Parisse now and

0:56:260:56:32

that is to nobody and Liam Williams

with a chance to crack and chase

0:56:320:56:35

with Steff Evans and is there as

well. Williams secured it. It comes

0:56:350:56:43

back on the Italian side eventually.

And the tackle coming in from

0:56:430:56:47

Faletau! And Tommaso Allan is in a

world of pain. That was a huge hit.

0:56:470:56:57

It is a brilliant tackle but it was

surprising because the Italians gone

0:56:570:57:01

was under pressure, Ferrari was in

reverse in the front row. That is a

0:57:010:57:08

massive tackle.

The first thing we

say, it is a good tackle and fair.

0:57:080:57:13

He has tried to wrap around with his

arms but right in the midriff.

0:57:130:57:17

Nothing wrong with the tackle.

The

best thing about it is the decision,

0:57:170:57:24

they had an overlap on the outside,

the Italians had created the

0:57:240:57:28

turnover, the overlap was on and he

made the decision and he nailed this

0:57:280:57:33

man.

Let's give some credit to

Matteo Minozzi.

0:57:330:57:45

They are chatting scrums at the

moment.

The steel from Minozzi off

0:57:450:57:52

Liam Williams, it shows how quick he

must be because he was not favourite

0:57:520:57:59

to start with. He had to turn and

Williams was running onto the ball.

0:57:590:58:05

He has the tenacity to fight the

ball on the ground and come up with

0:58:050:58:08

it. Liam Williams favourite but

Minozzi obviously was tenacious.

0:58:080:58:15

There was the overlap and what a

spot tackle that is.

Tommaso Allan

0:58:150:58:19

is still down. It was almost the

whiplash effect of this. They were

0:58:190:58:26

taking all sorts of care over his

neck, that was a thumping tackle.

0:58:260:58:31

He'll be all right, slightly winded

but ill get up now.

APPLAUSE

0:58:310:58:38

A little nod at Taulupe to say great

hit, mate.

His parents watching,

0:58:380:58:51

good work, Junior, they say. That is

great to see. He has got two fewer

0:58:510:58:57

ribs but he is still with us!

Watch

him have a little look up the next

0:58:570:59:04

time he gets the ball. Again, it is

that one handling error. They could

0:59:040:59:11

have scored.

I think you should put

that down to be coming from the

0:59:110:59:19

tackle rather than a handling error.

The one previously from Parisse.

0:59:190:59:26

Another pass to nothing.

Scrum

eventually ready to go again. Just

0:59:260:59:33

starting to move but Italy get it

going and Jayden Hayward, the New

0:59:330:59:37

Zealander. An opportunity again for

Italy. No look past from Allan to

0:59:370:59:45

Benvenuti. And penalty to Italy.

Jerome Garces was saying offside.

0:59:450:59:53

Interesting ploy, rarely do you see

an update using the ball like that

0:59:530:59:59

and it caught Wales. -- to see a

number eight.

It is the fourth

0:59:591:00:03

penalty now against Wales. I have to

say, it's the best I've seen Italy

1:00:031:00:08

play for a long time. They looked

comfortable on the ball, organised.

1:00:081:00:14

Like with a lot of the games, it is

just getting all of the components

1:00:141:00:20

to fit for a sufficient length in a

single game. Many games they do it

1:00:201:00:26

very well, and occasionally they

bring it together.

1:00:261:00:35

This is the way Italy have played so

far with Linux, just taking the time

1:00:351:00:39

to get their and as soon as they

are, goes to his man, Negri. Long

1:00:391:00:48

time in the air. Parisse holding the

bag, at the front, just a touch,

1:00:481:00:57

penalty advantage to Italy, once

again an attack to nothing. They can

1:00:571:01:02

be ambitious, crossfield kick from

Allan, just a bit too long, a lot

1:01:021:01:06

too long for Bellini on the wing.

This will be an interesting

1:01:061:01:12

decision.

Put it in the corner

again. Depends whether they want on

1:01:121:01:23

the scoreboard to try to keep in

touch. Three points.

Confident, good

1:01:231:01:30

catch and drive on the last

line-out.

If you do this you have to

1:01:301:01:35

recover some points. Doesn't matter

if it's only three but you really

1:01:351:01:39

have two get a score.

As we watch

the replay of the line-out, player

1:01:391:01:45

being told just to hurry up on the

line-out and Ghiraldini looking for

1:01:451:01:51

the ball once more in this position.

On the five metre line. Conor O'Shea

1:01:511:01:57

and my cat. Safely gathered, what

can they do with it?

1:01:571:02:09

can they do with it? Spinning

around, Ghiraldini has it.

1:02:091:02:16

around, Ghiraldini has it.

That was

poorly organised by Italy. Isolated.

1:02:161:02:21

Negri takes it in. Parisse, Reichert

swarming around him. Scrabbling up

1:02:211:02:31

towards the five metre line. The

off-load to Zanni, he crawls

1:02:311:02:39

forward. Penalty to Wales.

Over the

top, you can hear on the referee

1:02:391:02:46

might shouting holding. Again just

slightly isolated. They need to just

1:02:461:02:55

increased their tempo. When they get

into the red zone they need to go

1:02:551:02:59

through the gears a couple of times.

Italy slightly one pace.

Anscombe

1:02:591:03:07

clears. Coming into this game,

talking about Italy, they have

1:03:071:03:13

scored as many tries coming into

this game as Wales and France and

1:03:131:03:16

Scotland, they have shown an ability

to score tries. But not on this

1:03:161:03:20

occasion.

From the forwards

perspective when you are looking at

1:03:201:03:24

driving the line-out there are ways

of doing it which are cogent and

1:03:241:03:27

that was not one of them.

The

opportunity for Wales this time,

1:03:271:03:32

captain Faletau, and Anscombe gives

it on, wide it comes to Evans,

1:03:321:03:38

Williams fighting it down.

1:03:381:03:46

Does well to set it back and

Ghiraldini playing scrum-half,

1:03:461:03:53

Parisse, little juggle with the

fingertips. Ghiraldini again. The

1:03:531:04:00

New Zealanders combining, off-load

finds its way to Licata, the

1:04:001:04:08

replacement flanker. Ghiraldini.

Charge into James Davies.

1:04:081:04:17

Charge into James Davies. Centred

the way of Liam Williams. Skips it

1:04:171:04:24

high, it's almost gone back on

himself. Tries to gather and does.

1:04:241:04:28

Liam Williams gets another chance.

Anscombe, space in behind Allan but

1:04:281:04:36

it sets up nicely for the fly-half.

He is hit hard and Italy have to get

1:04:361:04:42

back in numbers.

1:04:421:04:45

Taken in by Negri again.

1:04:481:04:57

The scrum-half Violi puts good

distance on it, Faletau waiting.

Too

1:04:571:05:03

far.

Anscombe wandering into

trouble.

Penalty. Isolated.

Attack

1:05:031:05:12

again with the advantage. They can

be ambitious. No way through

1:05:121:05:16

immediately. They will come back for

the penalty, new penalty and white.

1:05:161:05:21

I think the kick this one.

Have to

take the points. Not the greatest

1:05:211:05:30

decision by Anscombe. On his own.

You only need to get one player in

1:05:301:05:39

what they call

INAUDIBLE

Position.

It's difficult. You get

1:05:391:05:49

one opportunity, if you can, the

best way, if you cannot do that, get

1:05:491:05:55

two players to try to take him off.

Two fluent French speakers as you

1:05:551:06:06

might expect from Jerome Garces,

being French, but having a

1:06:061:06:10

conversation in English for our

benefit.

Normally you might get in

1:06:101:06:15

trouble for laying your hands on but

eventually he got hold of the ball

1:06:151:06:18

and it affected the turnover. You

have to say the last ten minutes

1:06:181:06:21

Italy have played well without

managing to get the score that

1:06:211:06:29

perhaps that they certainly wanted

and maybe deserved that he will be

1:06:291:06:32

very happy that they have played in

a coherent way.

This is what they

1:06:321:06:39

have to do. The last ten minutes,

blow up a little, focus on the last

1:06:391:06:44

ten minutes. They played

exceptionally well in this first

1:06:441:06:46

half and as I said apart from the

interception and they missed

1:06:461:06:51

one-on-one tackle I think they've

had more and more of the play. Need

1:06:511:06:54

to turn pressure into points.

Sensible decision now. Tomaso Alan

1:06:541:07:02

gathers himself.

1:07:021:07:09

Just drifted to the left-hand side.

You will be disappointed with that.

1:07:191:07:33

Parisse waiting for his 22. Takes it

high above his head.

1:07:331:07:42

high above his head. Ghiraldini with

the swift pass to Licata. Benvenuti

1:07:421:07:50

straight into Francis.

1:07:501:08:03

Ghiraldini once again. We'll strive

to keep him elevated and they have

1:08:051:08:09

stripped him. Gareth Davies. Little

kick from hardly Parkes and it's a

1:08:091:08:15

foot race again.

1:08:151:08:18

Long way clear of the onrushing

Welsh, were drowned his shoulder and

1:08:211:08:25

saw a couple heading down on him,

had to quicken up.

Surprised that

1:08:251:08:34

Parkes kicked turnover ball away.

1:08:341:08:39

Parkes kicked turnover ball away.

I

think Wales have not gone through

1:08:401:08:44

the phases as much as they would

have liked.

1:08:441:08:51

A rather hushed atmosphere continues

after that very bright start for

1:08:511:08:54

Wales. I think everyone thought it

would be a torrent of Welsh tries

1:08:541:08:58

but it's not unfolded yet. But all

to play with, Cory Hill gives it

1:08:581:09:03

onto Elliot Dee. Hadleigh Parkes

thinks about the off-load to James

1:09:031:09:13

Davies but thinks better of it.

Still Welsh ball. On it comes to

1:09:131:09:19

Elliot Dee once more. Anscombe, his

chip and his chase, Anscombe looking

1:09:191:09:28

for support and finds it from

Davies. Cannot quite find Owen

1:09:281:09:32

Watkin and Italy have it.

Open play.

William is the only man back but

1:09:321:09:40

able to cover and set Sale. Does

well.

1:09:401:09:47

Looking for the off-load, Parkes.

1:09:541:10:01

Incomes Violi again, gives it to

Allan, Ghiraldini with red shirts

1:10:011:10:06

rushing up on him.

He has played

well again, Ghiraldini.

Man of such

1:10:061:10:13

experience, big clubs in Leicester

and Toulouse.

This is a free play

1:10:131:10:20

now for the Italians because of the

knock-on by Hadleigh Parkes.

Little

1:10:201:10:26

knock-on from Wales so Italy have

the scrum, Wales looking for the

1:10:261:10:30

fluency they had in the opening

minutes. Yet been able to find it.

1:10:301:10:37

For us it's a knock-on.

It would be

interesting how long Warren Gatland

1:10:371:10:45

would stay with the original

selection were Italy to score

1:10:451:10:47

because above all he will want to

make sure the recording win. Italy

1:10:471:10:53

at the moment not able to put

scoreboard pressure on Wales so that

1:10:531:10:59

one necessarily transpire but at

some point I am sure...

Lovely chip

1:10:591:11:05

and chase. The Italian defence has

been good. Tries to get the

1:11:051:11:10

off-load, their years, try something

different. Bounce favours him.

1:11:101:11:16

Things to talk about as we have this

breakdown for

1:11:191:11:22

Things to talk about as we have this

breakdown for injuries, looking at

1:11:221:11:25

the action areas, that was pretty

even. Welsh women lost to Italy

1:11:251:11:28

before this match on this pitch,

just a couple of hours ago. Good win

1:11:281:11:33

before this match on this pitch,

just a couple of hours ago. Good win

1:11:331:11:34

for the Italy under 20s against the

Welsh under 20s. A lot of people

1:11:341:11:39

talk about Italy and do they deserve

their place but the Italians will

1:11:391:11:42

point to the structure we have in

place and some talent coming

1:11:421:11:44

through.

That is the big thing

because that's what been able to do

1:11:441:11:51

for the numbers they want but that

is the secret to it, because they

1:11:511:11:59

need to get them through the

schools.

The scrum is creaking and

1:11:591:12:06

down but back for Italy. The spell

was

that visit.

1:12:061:12:17

The last tenants of the game, the

handling has been OK and then there

1:12:171:12:21

is a mistake. You take this

straightaway now, take the points on

1:12:211:12:26

offer. Take them to two scores away

just before half-time. Take the

1:12:261:12:29

points.

Had a little think about it,

Faletau came forward and said go for

1:12:291:12:37

the posts.

Showed a little bit of

respect to the Italians and how will

1:12:371:12:41

they have played.

1:12:411:12:47

they have played.

On comes Jenkins

with water bottle and kicking tee.

1:12:471:12:52

Four minutes to go in the

first-half. The machine, Neil

1:12:521:12:55

Jenkins. Over 900 he scored.

I think

it was over 1000.

I was rounding

1:12:551:13:06

down... Who's counting? Anscombe

then.

1:13:061:13:18

Three points for Wales. It's been a

while since they bothered the

1:13:301:13:34

scoreboard and the take that penalty

and stretch out ten points clear.

1:13:341:13:39

Just shows they are in an arm

wrestle and they know that. Two

1:13:391:13:45

quick tries. The Italians showing a

positive response. One mistake

1:13:451:13:51

again, three points.

1:13:511:13:56

again, three points.

Allan gets us

underway once more. Three minutes

1:13:561:13:59

remaining in this first half. Onto

George North.

1:13:591:14:11

Wales get going again to Elliot Dee.

One-man tackle, if they cannot win

1:14:121:14:17

the ball they all stay and form a

defensive line.

Gareth Davies said

1:14:171:14:22

that perhaps a trifle long, Mbanda

with time. Some sit over the head,

1:14:221:14:31

bounces up nicely for the fly-half.

The kicking contest, Parisse let it

1:14:311:14:39

take.

1:14:391:14:44

take. Gareth Davies waiting. Until

Ian Williams.

1:14:441:14:48

Just watches it.

Was not sure

whether to take it. That sure his

1:14:521:14:59

feet were going to be. Italian

line-out.

1:14:591:15:07

line-out.

This has a far more cagey

look and feel to it, this game.

It

1:15:081:15:12

does, and when you look, just a few

minutes before half-time, Wales have

1:15:121:15:17

made Italy pay for the mistakes they

made early on but apart from the

1:15:171:15:21

first ten minutes they've done very

little.

I think they have not

1:15:211:15:26

created the two tries, they both

came from Italian mistakes. They

1:15:261:15:30

will want to keep possession, go to

the phases and try to create

1:15:301:15:33

something. I'm sure that'll be the

half-time talk from Warren Gatland.

1:15:331:15:38

For the Italians it's a case of keep

doing what you're doing. Still in

1:15:381:15:42

the game.

Charged down, was Elliot

Dee held back?

That's going to be a

1:15:421:15:48

yellow card.

It's a penalty and they

will have a chat and have a look

1:15:481:15:53

perhaps. Signalled that he was held

back, is he going to give more than

1:15:531:15:58

a penalty?

If he has held them back

its cynical. It should be a yellow

1:15:581:16:06

card.

1:16:061:16:11

card. Being a bit lenient there.

That the charge down and that is a

1:16:111:16:17

professional foul.

The line-out

quickly taken and Wales searching

1:16:171:16:24

for this try at the end of the first

half.

1:16:241:16:30

half. Don't it goes but it is John

deer for Gareth Davies. Crossfield

1:16:321:16:36

kick, advantage, Steff Evans tries

to clutch at it but they come back

1:16:361:16:41

with a penalty. And some asters. --

afters.

There will be some angry

1:16:411:16:53

faces but no punches thrown.

1:16:531:16:59

faces but no punches thrown.

Not

like any good old days of wanton

1:17:001:17:02

violence! But there an injury, a

little kick on the floor perhaps

1:17:021:17:08

being the reason.

1:17:081:17:13

being the reason.

Goes to try the

cap in. It is head-to-head but I

1:17:171:17:21

don't think there is anything

malicious in it.

It is another good

1:17:211:17:28

tackle.

Trying to dislodge the ball

as well with the arm coming in.

1:17:281:17:33

Minozzi complains but there's

nothing wrong with it. Then the

1:17:331:17:36

Italian support comes in.

Nothing in

that for me.

Normally.

Push there.

1:17:361:17:49

No, no, no. Let's just wander off.

Here we go.

He's going to look at it

1:17:491:17:57

here and its outcome based, it's

nothing to do with intent.

You want

1:17:571:18:03

to look at the tackle? I will have a

look.

I think it's similar to the

1:18:031:18:12

Watson tackle. When Watson goes for

the try...

You mean he should be

1:18:121:18:19

sent off for ten minutes? Is that

what you mean?

On the first angle it

1:18:191:18:24

looked fine but on the other angle

you see the shoulder going into the

1:18:241:18:27

side of the head and if the referee

and TMO see that they may make a

1:18:271:18:33

decision.

The shoulder has contact

with the job.

Calm down! He put his

1:18:331:18:39

arm.

I don't think there's anything

with that.

1:18:391:18:52

with that.

These are different times

in different laws.

1:18:521:18:58

in different laws.

The contact is

above the neck therefore it's a

1:18:581:19:01

yellow card. In normal circumstances

with normal circumstances it should

1:19:011:19:05

be.

Is at the shoulder on the head?

It could be red.

I have contact with

1:19:051:19:12

the shoulder on the neck area.

OK.

Did he use his arm or just his

1:19:121:19:21

shoulder?

What I see is contact made

by the shoulder to the neck and then

1:19:211:19:30

a late arm in the tackle coming

through. So it was a timing issue

1:19:301:19:34

with the arm.

1:19:341:19:40

with the arm.

So he touched the

neck, he put his arm, so it will be

1:19:401:19:44

a yellow card.

That is great,

contact the head with medium force

1:19:441:19:51

to the red.

The yellow card comes

out, Williams will be offered ten

1:19:511:19:58

minutes, huge decision in this match

because it was a penalty to Wales,

1:19:581:20:02

it is turned over and Italy will

have a man advantage.

If you see

1:20:021:20:08

your player do it it's never as bad

as when you see someone else do it.

1:20:081:20:16

Warren Gatland has made his way off

and Liam Williams has as well

1:20:191:20:24

because he will be off for ten

minutes at the start of the second

1:20:241:20:27

half because that little dramatic

passage was the last passage of play

1:20:271:20:32

in this first half. The Welsh

leaders body slender going into the

1:20:321:20:37

second-half bearing in mind they

will be a man but at half-time the

1:20:371:20:43

score is 17-7.

1:20:431:20:44

STUDIO: What a thing to happen right

at the death of the first half,

1:20:501:20:55

perhaps that was the moment that we

initially thought this was a moment

1:20:551:20:58

worth reliving, not for the tackle

but the reaction between Allan and

1:20:581:21:05

Faletau. It was a cruncher, he was

1:21:051:21:07

but the reaction between Allan and

Faletau. It was a cruncher, he was

1:21:071:21:07

down for a while but he's played a

big part in the game as have so many

1:21:071:21:11

Italian backs making this

1:21:111:21:12

big part in the game as have so many

Italian backs making this a very

1:21:121:21:14

entertaining spectacle. Some

interesting stats at penalties, six

1:21:141:21:20

for Wales, five for Italy. At one

point it was exciting to and tackles

1:21:201:21:24

made. It seems the Italians are

making the Welsh work very hard.

1:21:241:21:28

Perhaps they thought it would be the

other way round? They have held

1:21:281:21:32

possession, held their own, Italy

after what was quite a devastating

1:21:321:21:37

possession, held their own, Italy

after what was quite a devastating

1:21:371:21:37

start from Wales. After four minutes

14-0 up and fluid and flowing.

1:21:371:21:42

Actually after that seemed to become

a lot more disjointed.

Italy did

1:21:421:21:47

really well not to cave after going

14-0 down, I thought it would be

1:21:471:21:52

like the super Saturday on 2015 when

the floodgates opened and it was

1:21:521:21:55

game over. But Wales scored points

of the Italian mistakes but Italy

1:21:551:21:59

have kept themselves in the game.

The half-backs done well and Italy

1:21:591:22:05

have looked pretty good.

It's an

unusual start for Wales making twice

1:22:051:22:09

as many tackles as Italy. That would

be the game plan but have to give

1:22:091:22:14

the Italians credit. The last 30

minutes they played really well.

1:22:141:22:18

Wales are not playing like they did

with Gareth Anscombe when he came on

1:22:181:22:22

against England when they had lots

of forward runners. We have not

1:22:221:22:27

really created so I think the coach

will definitely say we need to

1:22:271:22:29

challenge more.

After the first ten

minutes which Wales dominated its

1:22:291:22:34

pretty much been Italy just chipping

away. They have kicked very well,

1:22:341:22:40

most of the game played in Welsh

territory. But they just need to

1:22:401:22:45

limit the mistakes. Two intercepts

and pretty much twice Wales look

1:22:451:22:48

like scoring.

Let's have a look back

1:22:481:22:54

and pretty much twice Wales look

like scoring.

Let's have a look back

1:22:541:22:54

to the first try, Hadleigh Parkes

after just a few minutes, James

1:22:541:22:58

Davis involved.

Highlight number

seven.

Straight over the ball, first

1:22:581:23:05

couple of minutes, great confidence

booster, wins the penalty,

1:23:051:23:09

eventually comes, over the ball.

He's an expert about, low centre of

1:23:091:23:14

gravity. I just want to see the

Italian defenders, not once did he

1:23:141:23:18

look at Hadleigh Parkes, they are

ball watching and looking at the

1:23:181:23:21

ruck. Get his head on the wrong

side, Castello, and knocked himself

1:23:211:23:28

out. Just a really good line but

they will be disappointed because

1:23:281:23:31

they got numbers.

1:23:311:23:33

they will be disappointed because

they got numbers. They're just not

1:23:331:23:34

aware of the threat.

Then James

Davies, he had a mixed game in many

1:23:341:23:40

way, next half, he has tried to

impress and create the turnovers but

1:23:401:23:48

occasionally been a bit reckless?

You cannot judge a player of one

1:23:481:23:52

performance anyway. Anyone given a

crack at international level needs a

1:23:521:23:54

few games before you can judge them

and make comment. But he's had a

1:23:541:23:59

bright first half. The first

turnover, we'll see another one of

1:23:591:24:05

those in the second half. Wales did

not get one against Ireland and

1:24:051:24:10

himself, James Davies and Justin

Tipuric, Nicky Smith strong over the

1:24:101:24:14

ball.

George North back in the

starting line-up

1:24:141:24:21

ball.

George North back in the

starting line-up for Wales making

1:24:211:24:22

his presence felt but again it was

always pass which caused

1:24:221:24:25

interception.

George North has been

pretty much perfect so far. Every

1:24:251:24:31

time he's got the ball he's looked

like he's got to make or break or

1:24:311:24:34

score a try. It's kind of come I

pretty much sums up Italian rugby so

1:24:341:24:43

far in the Six Nations, some periods

in which Italy have looked amazing

1:24:431:24:47

and then one little mistake and

Wales pounds and they just kind of

1:24:471:24:51

take their foot off the accelerator.

It's something they are going to to

1:24:511:24:56

fix in the next 40 minutes if they

are to come away with the victory.

1:24:561:25:00

17-7 so pretty lucky towards

1:25:001:25:01

are to come away with the victory.

17-7 so pretty lucky towards the end

1:25:011:25:02

not end up conceding more points but

it's definitely an open game.

You

1:25:021:25:06

feared for Italy at that point. You

said yourself that could be a long

1:25:061:25:11

afternoon but you have to give them

credit because that's a killer blow,

1:25:111:25:14

and interception against you is a

killer but they have regathered

1:25:141:25:18

themselves well.

I think Italy

realised that as well.

14-0 down

1:25:181:25:23

after seven minutes, is the point is

going to help? They went to the

1:25:231:25:27

corner and got some reward and stuck

with it. Missed one kick but he's

1:25:271:25:31

played very well so far and that

could have brought it to 14-10.

As

1:25:311:25:37

has Minozzi who we talked about and

ended up coming with the try for

1:25:371:25:40

Italy.

He was someone we highlighted

before the game and he's done pretty

1:25:401:25:44

much every thing we said so far. He

is that X

1:25:441:25:47

much every thing we said so far. He

is that X factor, great work, faking

1:25:471:25:50

the kick.

It's the dummy kick, if

Williams stays where he is they

1:25:501:25:55

don't score but it's a great dummy

from the half-back. Liam Lloyd 's

1:25:551:26:00

overreach the play but you have to

give Minozzi credit, great finish in

1:26:001:26:04

a tight area.

You stay high and he

put a little grubber through

1:26:041:26:09

everyone is going where is the

full-back Saudi backed himself to

1:26:091:26:14

make the one-on-one tackle and

Minozzi has just got that little

1:26:141:26:17

X-Pac many of the Italian backs

don't have

1:26:171:26:19

X-Pac many of the Italian backs

don't have in that situation getting

1:26:191:26:20

the points.

I think in that

situation the winner has to stay up

1:26:201:26:25

and Steff Evans, he's swapped into

that sweeper 's role and he was

1:26:251:26:31

there to sweep as a 15 sol Ian

Williams needs to stay flat if it

1:26:311:26:35

happens again. -- Ian Williams.

1:26:351:26:39

This angle doesn't look that bad,

it's the other

1:26:551:26:58

This angle doesn't look that bad,

it's the other angle we see later

1:26:581:26:59

on. The shoulder catches his head

first.

I don't think Liam Williams

1:26:591:27:03

has intentionally gone per his head.

He's just gone you could say that is

1:27:031:27:08

red.

You could say that is red and

you could not complain.

You could

1:27:081:27:13

not complain. He should count

himself lucky it is just a yellow.

1:27:131:27:18

not complain. He should count

himself lucky it is just a yellow.

1:27:181:27:18

You would like to have for Wales

would come away with three points in

1:27:181:27:23

that situation, driving line-out

again perhaps, could have been 24-7

1:27:231:27:27

or 20-7, now it's 17-7 with the

sin-bin, Italy will go in with a bit

1:27:271:27:32

of momentum change.

I think

definitely, if it goes 24-7 in the

1:27:321:27:39

game is finished. You have just

conceded on the last play of the

1:27:391:27:42

game so I think as you say Italy

will go in at half-time thinking you

1:27:421:27:46

know what, take the first seven

minutes out we are winning the game

1:27:461:27:50

and have played better than wales so

far. Definitely in with a shot.

That

1:27:501:27:55

was an illegal

1:27:551:27:58

far. Definitely in with a shot.

That

was an illegal tackle and cost

1:27:581:28:00

Wales, this wasn't, but it may have

cost Allan a few minutes of his

1:28:001:28:04

life. It shows the power.

It's a

great read, the boys in commentary

1:28:041:28:10

mentioned it. When you go down the

short side normally the defence

1:28:101:28:13

might push the team to the touchline

but Toby Reddit and backed himself.

1:28:131:28:20

He absolutely creamed him but he's a

top sport.

1:28:201:28:22

He absolutely creamed him but he's a

top sport.

He had a look like he

1:28:221:28:27

might be telling his grandchildren

about that when the great Toby

1:28:271:28:30

Faletau winded him in Cardiff.

If he

sees him in front of him next time

1:28:301:28:36

he might pass the ball a bit

quicker.

Talking about these changes

1:28:361:28:39

and what it's done to Wales, the

fuel for the attacking flair we are

1:28:391:28:43

seeing, we are seeing moments.

Yes,

I think they are trying a bit too

1:28:431:28:48

hard at times, forcing the pass.

Keep the ball and go through the

1:28:481:28:52

phases but it's been a mixed half.

It's been quite scrappy, but I think

1:28:521:28:57

they will be unhappy, the Welsh

coaching staff, with the discipline.

1:28:571:29:01

They have taken all the momentum out

the game.

One thing you cannot do is

1:29:011:29:06

panic. Playing Italy last year we

were losing at half-time and

1:29:061:29:10

everyone was panicking, the players

were not but it sounds from

1:29:101:29:13

hindsight like externally people

wear. We are in the lead and still

1:29:131:29:17

in control. You're in a good place,

Wales are still in a decent place.

1:29:171:29:25

Probably not where they wanted to be

but a decent place.

It's a

1:29:251:29:29

fascinating encounter and

1:29:291:29:30

but a decent place.

It's a

fascinating encounter and it started

1:29:301:29:31

early at the Principality Stadium

because the women's match between

1:29:311:29:34

Wales and Italy took place, Wales

getting there are Six Nations

1:29:341:29:38

campaign back on track was the plan

but it was dashed, a surprise home

1:29:381:29:42

defeat to the bottom side Italy, the

first win of the championship sealed

1:29:421:29:47

in the final minutes. Wales had

closed within two points with ten

1:29:471:29:51

minutes left but there was a yellow

card and that killed off the fight

1:29:511:29:54

back for them.

1:29:541:29:55

very well, and occasionally they

bring it together.

1:30:161:30:19

Is a fascinating documentary tonight

on players who have virtually sought

1:30:191:30:23

from rugby union to rugby league. I

think we can get views on Cubby and

1:30:231:30:33

no doubt

1:30:331:30:33

Jonathan Davies has confessed he is

in the Royal box today because Alun

1:30:371:30:41

Wyn Jones got him a ticket! A proud

moment for your family in general,

1:30:411:30:49

you have been on this pitch and sang

the national anthem loud and proud

1:30:491:30:52

so what was it like to watch your

little brother do it?

Obviously

1:30:521:30:57

quite emotional, huge pride for him.

I saw my mother just before kick-off

1:30:571:31:04

and she was a bit teary but he has

been through a lot and worked

1:31:041:31:07

extremely hard and he deserves his

chance to show what he can do.

1:31:071:31:11

You're not playing because of a foot

injury but you confessed to me that

1:31:111:31:16

you wished you were today of all

days.

I just think, playing with my

1:31:161:31:22

brother at the Scarlets is so much

fun and I love it to play for your

1:31:221:31:26

country with your brother would top

pretty much anything I've done in

1:31:261:31:29

rugby. Hopefully I can get back fit

and he can hang around in the Welsh

1:31:291:31:33

squad for a bit longer!

A lot in

rugby so that says a lot about you

1:31:331:31:38

and your brother. Did that it is

Mother's Day as well, what were you

1:31:381:31:44

doing first thing this morning?

We

had all the family around, I made

1:31:441:31:50

breakfast, a man of many talents!

Cracked open a few bottles of

1:31:501:31:54

champagne to celebrate as well. It

was a good day so far and hopefully

1:31:541:31:58

the boys can get the result now.

What are you like spectating from

1:31:581:32:04

the Royal box?

It's very comfy! But

I just want him to do well and

1:32:041:32:10

hopefully he can find his feet a bit

more and get his hands on the ball.

1:32:101:32:13

You have been keeping busy in your

injury lay-off. Tell us what you do

1:32:131:32:18

up to in the recent heavy snow

because you made the papers for

1:32:181:32:22

being a good Samaritan.

Look, I had

a four by four pick-up and I was

1:32:221:32:30

able to transport doctors and nurses

in the snow to and from the

1:32:301:32:33

hospital. There were 30 odd

volunteers it, you feel bad single

1:32:331:32:41

pick up on the side of the road to

anything when you could help out but

1:32:411:32:44

the doctors and nurses were doing

the hard work, I was just shipping

1:32:441:32:48

them around.

Did you get views are

prized faces?

I didn't have my scrum

1:32:481:32:54

cap on so I was under the radar! A

few people try to

1:32:541:32:59

!

Well done and a speedy recovery --

tried to pay me.

1:33:001:33:11

Straight through goes Hadleigh

Parkes, the first try within four

1:33:151:33:18

minutes. The interception and Watkin

away and George North is in! Minozzi

1:33:181:33:27

with the quick feet and he has done

it. What a finish.

1:33:271:33:30

How the other half live! There is

Alun Wyn Jones enjoying his day off

1:33:361:33:40

in the Royal box. Sorry you have to

slum it with us.

I have another been

1:33:401:33:46

in the Royal box!

Martyn has been to

a royal wedding, never mind the

1:33:461:33:52

Royal box! But it was lovely hearing

Jonathan, so proud of his brother. I

1:33:521:33:57

spoke to him a few weeks ago and he

said he was hoping to get a start on

1:33:571:34:01

the 6-nation and he clearly loves

playing with him for the Scarlets.

1:34:011:34:04

You can see that at the Scarlets bid

is an amazing story, four brothers

1:34:041:34:09

to play for Wales, it is so rare. I

am sure John will get the

1:34:091:34:14

opportunity when he can play with

James -- for brothers.

And who else

1:34:141:34:22

have you been impressed by it for

Wales in the changes?

It has been a

1:34:221:34:28

mixed half, and some has done the

most judges but they have not had

1:34:281:34:32

much ball. It was a nice touch from

Owen Watkin with the interception.

1:34:321:34:37

This is always the difficulty,

trying to jail on the international

1:34:371:34:42

stage. All in all a belly positive

first half.

Thank you for your

1:34:421:34:48

thoughts. As the players come out,

can Italy capitalise in these

1:34:481:34:52

opening ten minutes or so with Wales

down to 14 men with Liam Williams in

1:34:521:34:57

the sin-bin? Not in our sin-bin but

in our commentary box today of

1:34:571:35:03

course, Andrew Cotter, Brian Moore

and Jiffy.

1:35:031:35:09

COMMENTATOR: Hello once more, we are

looking for changes but no panic

1:35:091:35:14

measures yet for Wales. They are

leading by ten points. It is worth

1:35:141:35:23

stating. Conor O'Shea hoping his

team can take advantage of the man

1:35:231:35:27

advantage. And watching that replay

of Liam Williams at half-time, there

1:35:271:35:31

had been red cards given to those

kinds of challenges.

To the letter

1:35:311:35:35

of the law, shoulder to the head, it

could have been red. But it was

1:35:351:35:43

yellow and I think looking at

tackles near the try line, you look

1:35:431:35:47

at what's on yesterday, if he does

not make the tackle France score.

1:35:471:35:53

Sometimes maybe you have to look at

the law near the try line. If

1:35:531:35:59

players go low it is difficult to

get a low tackle on them.

Anscombe

1:35:591:36:03

tries to gather. That must have come

off an Italian body. Wales still

1:36:031:36:09

have it and north with the chip

through and chasing is Hadleigh

1:36:091:36:15

Parkes but watched into touch by

Marcello Violi.

I would like to see

1:36:151:36:22

that knock-on, if it was off the

Italian or off Anscombe.

When you

1:36:221:36:30

are in the bin you don't want to

look up at the big screen.

Keep your

1:36:301:36:33

head down!

1:36:331:36:43

The decision favoured Wales there.

Defensive line-out for Italy is a

1:36:451:36:49

bit loose and an opportunity for

Bradley Davies to come through. If

1:36:491:36:56

Wales could get a score against the

head in effect with a man down...

1:36:561:37:01

That is charged dead. They will come

back.

That is a great chase. And it

1:37:011:37:11

is a scrum for Wales so I don't know

what they're angry about. They took

1:37:111:37:15

the ball back into the in-goal area.

A chance now for Wales to make a big

1:37:151:37:24

statement at the beginning of this

half and effectively put the game to

1:37:241:37:31

bed on the scoreboard and then they

can play with a bit more freedom.

1:37:311:37:36

They should add that the stand-off

on the other side there to give an

1:37:361:37:40

option. But it was a great chase by

Gareth Davies and now they are under

1:37:401:37:46

severe pressure.

What a moment, two

minutes gone in this second half,

1:37:461:37:52

Wales one man down but full

government in the back and being

1:37:521:37:55

told to use it as the Italian scrum

stands firm and the crash from

1:37:551:38:00

George North. And there it is! Try

signalled, Jerome Garces walking

1:38:001:38:09

back and the celebrations go on and

a try with a man down and the

1:38:091:38:14

stadium

1:38:141:38:14

a try with a man down and the

stadium comes to life again. Perhaps

1:38:141:38:17

Wales are moving out of sight

because that is

1:38:171:38:18

Wales are moving out of sight

because that is a huge blow to

1:38:181:38:21

Italy.

1:38:211:38:23

It is a statement from Wales. You

would not ordinarily expect a simple

1:38:231:38:30

one out run to work. Italy only had

Sergio Parisse there and he was

1:38:301:38:38

looking inwards and by that time it

was passed him.

It is very good from

1:38:381:38:45

Wales, the Italians were a bit slow

wrapping round. A quick play and

1:38:451:38:51

Cory Hill was over.

Anscombe for the

conversion. Through it goes and a

1:38:511:38:59

moment to savour for Cory Hill, his

first try for his country and it

1:38:591:39:04

came fairly simply as you said.

They

wrapped round but Parisse runs up

1:39:041:39:11

and unfortunately Licata goes wide

so a natural gap opened up but good

1:39:111:39:17

running by Cory Hill.

1:39:171:39:20

so a natural gap opened up but good

running by Cory Hill.

It looks very

1:39:201:39:21

good indeed

1:39:211:39:22

running by Cory Hill.

It looks very

good indeed from a Welsh point of

1:39:221:39:25

view now, 24/7. Losing a man has

hurt them not a bit.

1:39:251:39:32

hurt them not a bit. -- 24-7.

1:39:321:39:39

If Italy are to have a chance they

must surely score next. Davies puts

1:39:391:39:44

distance on it and it is a good

kick, very good. Parisse can do

1:39:441:39:50

nothing.

He thought about it but he

saw it was two on two, good cover

1:39:501:39:58

work by the Welsh back row, Faletau

making ground.

1:39:581:40:09

Wales chasing the win and the bonus

point, looking to move second in the

1:40:131:40:16

table.

I don't think he realised

that was coming but he did well.

So

1:40:161:40:22

Italy have it. They will be stung by

the try from Cory Hill. Bradley

1:40:221:40:34

Davies clinging onto Dirar Deeney.

Back to the Masson -- Dirrell

1:40:341:40:40

they are winning the kicking battle

at the moment.

1:40:491:40:58

He will be very disappointed. The

focus for the first ten, 15 minutes

1:41:021:41:08

of the second half am one man up.

Poor lapse in defence.

Licata gives

1:41:081:41:20

it on, what can Italy fashion here?

No way through this time as Hadleigh

1:41:201:41:26

Parkes did well. There is the

strength of Negri. And turned over

1:41:261:41:36

by Wales. George North was in there.

An opportunity once more with

1:41:361:41:42

Bradley Davies. He trundles on.

Tipuric is the link once more and it

1:41:421:41:49

goes out wide to Taulupe Faletau.

1:41:491:41:54

Francis with quick cans to find

Tipuric. And Steff Evans in that

1:41:571:42:03

looking for work with the short pass

from Davies and the penalty is going

1:42:031:42:08

to Italy. Good defensive work from

the Italians but they need more than

1:42:081:42:12

that. The clock has been eaten down

of the sin-binning of Liam Williams.

1:42:121:42:20

When you are a man short, Wales are

trying to keep the ball in hand so

1:42:201:42:26

they are in control of the game. A

good turnover by the Italians.

This

1:42:261:42:34

was the work by George North,

staying powerful.

1:42:341:42:41

staying powerful.

Incidentally,

Wales don't need the bonus point to

1:42:411:42:44

go second in the table, on points

difference at the moment they would

1:42:441:42:47

go about England with a 9-point

margin of victory. Next up for Wales

1:42:471:42:55

is France here on the final weekend

and Italy are in Rome to play

1:42:551:42:59

Scotland. There is this any, the

outside centre making a yard or two.

1:42:591:43:11

-- there is Bisegni.

1:43:111:43:14

A huge amount of work from Negri.

Opportunities out wide with Jayden

1:43:211:43:27

Hayward. And skipping in is Bisegni

once more. Italy complain about a

1:43:271:43:38

deliberate knock down, the arm is

out from the referee, penalty coming

1:43:381:43:44

and we hear a yellow card as well. I

think it is Gareth Davies. Jayden

1:43:441:43:52

Hayward and Negri, still advantage

Italy and they will have a two man

1:43:521:43:56

advantage in a moment. Jerome Garces

will call them back and Gareth

1:43:561:44:01

Davies is summoned. Yellow card

number to and no complaints from

1:44:011:44:07

Gareth Davies. The crowd are

1:44:071:44:17

Gareth Davies. The crowd are.

If you

do that you know you will get a

1:44:171:44:21

yellow card, simple as that. You

either go for the intercept or you

1:44:211:44:26

make a tackle. It was half and half

and if you keep your hand out you

1:44:261:44:30

know what is coming.

Italy for the

next minute have a two man advantage

1:44:301:44:39

because Liam Williams is off for

just over another minute now.

It is

1:44:391:44:44

this sort of situation where good

teams make sure... You simply cannot

1:44:441:44:51

afford to do that.

And Wales in no

hurry, just carrying it in. They

1:44:511:45:01

will wait for Liam Williams to

return. The crowd trying to lift the

1:45:011:45:05

13 men at the moment. Italy want to

get this going quickly because

1:45:051:45:10

Williams will be getting ready to

come back on. I don't know why he is

1:45:101:45:15

not out of his tracksuit.

I think

Leigh Halfpenny might be coming on.

1:45:151:45:20

He is hitting the tackle bag and I

think Liam Williams's day is over.

I

1:45:201:45:26

can see Leigh Halfpenny warming up,

he will be on at the next breakdown.

1:45:261:45:35

Italy had to get something going

now, they still briefly have the two

1:45:361:45:40

man advantage. Dean Budd is there.

That is floated back to Jayden

1:45:401:45:46

Hayward with a knock-on and Italy

are their own undoing of the moment.

1:45:461:45:51

But still with Wales as Hadleigh

Parkes hacks it downfield as Minozzi

1:45:511:45:57

what is it sail into touch and Italy

cannot take advantage at the moment.

1:45:571:46:04

That is a 90 metre net gain for

Wales. Two pieces of set possession

1:46:041:46:10

squandered by Italy. Conor O'Shea

will be very disappointed. He knows

1:46:101:46:20

that his side is better than that.

The noise for Leigh Halfpenny who is

1:46:201:46:27

on. Happy daffodils. He is on for

Liam Williams.

That is what the

1:46:271:46:35

Italians have to eraser from the

game. It was a poor line-up. --

1:46:351:46:40

line-out.

Wales not challenging this

Italian line-out. Negri has tried to

1:46:401:46:49

dig them away from their own try

line and the ball is struggling to

1:46:491:46:53

come back for Violi but it is there

now. Allan. He gives it a good dig

1:46:531:47:03

to touch on the far side.

And from

the position he was in that is a

1:47:031:47:09

very good touch find.

1:47:091:47:11

Liam Williams, frustrating as he

wanted to show something at

1:47:131:47:22

full-back which is his favoured

position but Halfpenny is on now and

1:47:221:47:26

Wales have the ball. Still one man

down with Gareth Davies off so Steff

1:47:261:47:32

Evans effectively at scrum-half at

the moment. The forwards making a

1:47:321:47:38

little bit of ground. Evans gives it

onto Hadleigh Parkes. Plenty of

1:47:381:47:47

muscle up to the edge of the 22 as

Faletau gives it onto Elliot Dee.

1:47:471:47:54

Davies and Francis. Faletau with a

little show and go. And almost

1:47:541:48:04

through the middle was Steff Evans

but Negri clinging on for dear life.

1:48:041:48:11

It is an exercise for Wales now,

going through the phases and cutting

1:48:111:48:16

out the mistakes, knowing they are

one man down.

And an important man

1:48:161:48:20

as well, number nine who would be at

the base of those rocks. --

1:48:201:48:29

the base of those rocks. -- rucks.

It is the" that stuff, given onto

1:48:301:48:33

Faletau.

1:48:331:48:35

So frustrating to Italy watching the

clock disappear. Effectively for 20

1:48:421:48:48

minutes they will have had a man

advantage but they do have the

1:48:481:48:51

penalty here.

He started on his

feet.

Wales will be reasonably

1:48:511:48:58

content. They have gone through a

good few phases.

And they have been

1:48:581:49:07

in the right area of the field as

well.

That is a very good kick.

Huge

1:49:071:49:14

hoof from Allan.

I know from

speaking to Mike Catt and Conor

1:49:141:49:21

O'Shea that they are very frustrated

by the fact that at times their team

1:49:211:49:25

and players do some things really

well and at other times in a similar

1:49:251:49:30

circumstances they don't quite

managed to replicate it and it

1:49:301:49:33

constantly holds them back, trying

to get consistency of performance

1:49:331:49:38

and understanding and execution.

Clearly pace of play is not

1:49:381:49:45

uppermost in their minds, not quick

to the line-outs. Here is Jayden

1:49:451:49:50

Hayward. It is there for Violi onto

Negri and Ghiraldini into Anscombe.

1:49:501:50:02

Elliot Dee trying to turn it over

but they come back.

The Italians

1:50:021:50:05

thinking as to be, where would

Gareth Davies be defending? From

1:50:051:50:13

this scrum, where it should he be

and will they cover it? If they

1:50:131:50:18

don't there is an opportunity for

the Italians. They have to work out

1:50:181:50:23

where he would be.

Quite often he

would be sweeping.

They have to be

1:50:231:50:27

aware of it now.

James Davies well

ahead in the tackle count, five

1:50:271:50:32

clear of the best of the rest of his

team. Sometimes we look for the

1:50:321:50:39

spectacular stuff in attacking play

but the tackle the has made, right

1:50:391:50:41

at the top.

1:50:411:50:47

The biggest some of the game, said

somebody in the Welsh pack. --

1:50:561:51:02

biggest scrum. Jerome Garces says to

use it. Parisse feeding Violi.

1:51:021:51:11

Nearly sneaking through but Davies

got to him. Ghiraldini, men over out

1:51:111:51:18

wide. Carried on by Benvenuti.

Slowed down for a moment for Italy.

1:51:181:51:26

Ghiraldini with the more direct

approach again. Farrakhan that says

1:51:261:51:31

the reverie and stripped by Wales

and a turnover. Faletau looking one

1:51:311:51:37

way and the other. Tipuric was

there.

1:51:371:51:48

there. Welsh penalty.

Very good by

the Italians using the short side,

1:51:481:51:54

creating the overlap but a good

defence by Elliot Dee and Steff

1:51:541:51:57

Evans. Good from both of them.

Dean

Budd was not happy at all, having a

1:51:571:52:04

chat with the referee. Thomas Rogne

says emerging with it. -- Tomas

1:52:041:52:16

Francis emerging.

It is quite

simple, if the referee does not say

1:52:161:52:19

anything you carry on.

Opportunity

for Anscombe. Much as it was with

1:52:191:52:26

the last sin-bin, I think Wales are

going to take the opportunity to

1:52:261:52:33

switch scrum-halves so it will be

Aled Davies coming on for Gareth

1:52:331:52:37

Davies at the end of his

sin-binning.

1:52:371:52:43

sin-binning. Again, Wales seven

points up in this sin-bin time. A

1:52:431:52:48

little chip through and plenty of

space for Wales and an opportunity

1:52:481:52:53

for James Davies and Faletau and

he's making his way around and

1:52:531:52:57

support arriving and Tipuric flying

to the line is Steff Evans and he

1:52:571:53:02

can't quite get there. The chance

disappears.

That was very nearly a

1:53:021:53:07

brilliant try. In concept and

execution but just the final pass.

1:53:071:53:15

All of the back row involved.

Brilliant chip and the pace of James

1:53:151:53:20

Davies, the off-load, a la carte has

a go, try to take them on the

1:53:201:53:25

outside. A good line from Tipuric

and the one off-load De Gendt and

1:53:251:53:29

there was the knock-on looking for

the last off-load. Brilliant from

1:53:291:53:35

Wales -- the off-load again.

The

effective turnover with the

1:53:351:53:44

knock-on.

1:53:441:53:49

Italian ball but only five metres

from their own line.

1:53:491:54:02

It is a bit of a mess. That is 18

minutes gone now where Wales have

1:54:031:54:10

been down to 14 men, briefly they

were down to 13 and all that time

1:54:101:54:15

Italy have made no inroads and in

fact Wales have extended their lead.

1:54:151:54:26

Ready to go once more.

1:54:361:54:40

Not ready to go once more. Let's

have some rhetoric chat. -- referee

1:54:441:54:53

chat. It's not you, it's me.

If you

can find more space it's better.

1:54:531:55:03

Aled Davies ready to come on, Rhys

Patchell as well, I suspect to

1:55:031:55:12

replace Anscombe at fly-half.

1:55:121:55:15

Gareth Davies sitting behind,

sin-binning almost over and Aled

1:55:171:55:22

Davies waiting to come on. Down goes

the scrum again. Awake Italy and a

1:55:221:55:29

to Italy.

1:55:291:55:34

to Italy. Tomas Francis is being

singled out here.

1:55:351:55:42

singled out here.

Three red, in the

side, collapse.

France is offering

1:55:441:55:49

mitigating circumstances but he has

given away the penalty. -- Francis.

1:55:491:55:57

Tommaso Allan with a chance to clear

for Italy. And just about ready for

1:55:571:56:04

the replacements to come on. This is

where the penalty was given away.

He

1:56:041:56:09

was getting caught round the corner.

I don't know what happened after

1:56:091:56:13

that, obviously something.

There was

something mentioned about an elbow

1:56:131:56:17

in the face.

1:56:171:56:24

Here we are, the changes, Aled

Davies, the Scarlets at scrum-half,

1:56:241:56:29

coming on, and Rhys Patchell. Also

of the Scarlets parish. Their

1:56:291:56:36

half-back combination. Anscombe is

off.

1:56:361:56:48

And another change being made as

welcome Elliot Dee is going off and

1:56:511:56:55

Ken Owens comes on.

1:56:551:56:59

A load of Scarlets on the field now,

Rob Evans is on as well. He has come

1:57:031:57:13

on for Nicky Smith. As we enter the

final quarter, Wales still looking

1:57:131:57:20

for the fourth try and you would not

bet against them back to 15 players

1:57:201:57:24

now. Penalty to Wales. Italy

beginning to look rather lost.

He

1:57:241:57:30

has been consistent, Jerome Garces.

Anybody sealing off the ruck, he has

1:57:301:57:36

pinged them straightaway.

1:57:361:57:42

pinged them straightaway.

Patchell,

first touch to send it to the corner

1:57:421:57:45

and he has gone ambitious,

overambitious, a waste.

1:57:451:57:54

You cannot fault the intention but

as a forward, your heart sinks. You

1:57:541:58:02

expect to be trotting up to a

potential drive opportunity to

1:58:021:58:05

score.

He will be disappointed as

well, his first impression on the

1:58:051:58:12

pitch and he misses his kick. He

will be disappointed with that as

1:58:121:58:15

well.

The hanging restart but George

North takes it and he freed himself,

1:58:151:58:20

still going, not held. What a

monstrous runner he is, so difficult

1:58:201:58:28

to stop. The first carry from Ken

Owens.

1:58:281:58:31

Parkes onto Halfpenny. Aled Davies

give it out wide to Steff Evans with

1:58:361:58:43

an opportunity, cutting back infield

over the top of Tommaso Allan and

1:58:431:58:46

still going. Jayden Hayward tries to

hold him up. Wales going again

1:58:461:58:52

through the hands of Halfpenny and

Faletau who had Tipuric outside.

1:58:521:59:01

Aled Davies again. Well scooped up

by Bradley Davies. Aled Davies

1:59:021:59:07

looking for north on the inside. --

looking for George North.

1:59:071:59:14

It was a lovely pick-up by Davies.

That was very well read by Parisse.

1:59:191:59:28

I think George North was also aware

that Parisse was there. His eyes not

1:59:281:59:34

totally focused on the ball.

1:59:341:59:38

Negri is down receiving treatment.

Can you think of a better player to

1:59:401:59:46

have lost nearly 100 Test matches

than Parisse? It is a strange record

1:59:461:59:53

for him to come up on. In many ways,

his ability to continue playing at

1:59:532:00:02

this level, knowing that time in and

time out he will be on the losing

2:00:022:00:07

side, Teixeira Marcal -- takes a

remarkable mental fortitude.

And

2:00:072:00:15

closing in on 3000 metres of running

in the Six Nations as well.

Could

2:00:152:00:19

you do that, playing every week in a

team you know is likely to come

2:00:192:00:23

second best? You are likely to be

the best player and do the best you

2:00:232:00:27

can but you're going to get

hammered?

It must be very difficult.

2:00:272:00:30

He is the man, isn't he? The captain

and inspiration and the figurehead

2:00:302:00:35

of Italian rugby. Irrespective, you

know, and you said it, a great

2:00:352:00:42

player and when he retires he will

be regarded as one of the greatest

2:00:422:00:46

number eight to play the game.

Unfortunately as being on the back

2:00:462:00:50

of so many losses but great mental

strength.

2:00:502:00:57

Gives it deep to Allan, decent touch

finder.

Decent scrum.

You think

2:00:572:01:11

right, give it to the centre, take

it down the middle and give it

2:01:112:01:15

another 20 yards.

2:01:152:01:23

another 20 yards.

Parisse says he

admires Conor O'Shea so much as a

2:01:252:01:28

coach, that is why he wants to carry

on but it so often a thankless task

2:01:282:01:31

as Italy make a couple of changes.

Pasquali coming on in the front row.

2:01:312:01:43

It's important for Wales to finish

with a flourish, finish on a good

2:01:432:01:46

note.

2:01:462:01:51

note.

Italy offside, advantage

Wales, Rhys Patchell can chip it

2:01:512:01:54

forward and as it's taken on the

penalty.

2:01:542:02:03

penalty. They have changed the

props. Palazzani has come on.

2:02:032:02:08

Pasquali went to school in

Edinburgh, News in the Leicester

2:02:082:02:13

Tigers Academy. -- he is in the

Leicester Tigers Academy. The light

2:02:132:02:22

has disappeared a bit from the game.

The crowd baying for a fourth try.

2:02:222:02:36

It was always likely to be a strange

game today after the championship

2:02:362:02:40

winning performance from Ireland

yesterday but Italy at one point

2:02:402:02:43

when they were close in the

first-half, there was a bit more the

2:02:432:02:47

game by the Wales chasing this try

now, number four. Taulupe Faletau.

2:02:472:02:56

Can Dave is perhaps score his first

for Wales? Still they come. Rob

2:02:562:03:01

Evans at the heart of the drive.

Great defensive work by Italy but

2:03:012:03:09

still Hadleigh Parkes for his

second. The referee taking a close

2:03:092:03:13

look.

2:03:132:03:21

look.

They are shouting its the

line.

I have no idea.

2:03:212:03:30

line.

I have no idea.

He has to go

to the TMO.

We bring back in Marius

2:03:302:03:35

Jonker.

I have no idea about the

groundings of the first question is

2:03:352:03:42

tried, yes or no?

2:03:422:03:46

On the balance of probability he's

got to find something which makes it

2:03:512:03:54

a try.

2:03:542:03:59

a try. You see, very difficult.

Looks like his own hand underneath

2:03:592:04:12

it.

2:04:122:04:19

Haven't seen anything which is

absolutely conclusive. Maybe that

2:04:192:04:25

one? That one is closer.

Eventually

the tip of the ball is down and you

2:04:252:04:33

are allowed...

You are allowed to

manoeuvre provided you do it

2:04:332:04:38

immediately. I think that when is

the best one. That angle. On the

2:04:382:04:44

balance of probability the angle

before I think would suggest...

If

2:04:442:04:49

he has not seen the grounding he

cannot give it.

The TMO can give it

2:04:492:04:54

from what he sees. That is the

grounding and that is the try.

2:04:542:04:59

Fairly conclusive, that last angle.

This one is pretty useful as well.

2:04:592:05:06

Not down, not down, not down, down.

From the position where he had been

2:05:062:05:13

halted he can manoeuvre.

From the

evidence we have we cannot see a

2:05:132:05:19

clear grounding.

Marius says

otherwise.

It is exactly what I

2:05:192:05:27

thought on the field. I cannot be

100% sure the player crossed the

2:05:272:05:31

line and scored the try.

I agree, no

evidence to show clear grounding.

2:05:312:05:37

Thank you.

2:05:372:05:42

Thank you.

Wales do not get their

fourth try. A groan from the crowd.

2:05:442:05:53

I strongly disagree with your

decision, she says.

If he had said

2:05:532:05:58

is there any reason I cannot award

the try it would've been different.

2:05:582:06:05

It would have been different, I

still think on the last couple of

2:06:052:06:09

angles there was enough evidence to

suggest there was a grounding.

I

2:06:092:06:16

think it might only delay the

inevitable. Wales making changes

2:06:162:06:19

again. James Davies going off to be

replaced by Ellis Jenkins. The

2:06:192:06:29

Cardiff Blues back row.

2:06:292:06:38

The young lock forward is on. James

Davies has been through power of

2:06:382:06:45

work today.

2:06:452:06:51

work today. No try buddy five metre

for Wales. Davies leads Hadleigh

2:06:512:06:59

Parkes. Says has another shot.

Advantage Wales, Patchell tries,

2:06:592:07:10

George North gets down. There is the

for Wales. Jonathan Davies among

2:07:102:07:16

those leading the applause. George

North with his second of the day.

2:07:162:07:23

The win beyond doubt, Wales moving

comfortably into second.

Lovely

2:07:232:07:28

off-load, just keep on wrapping

round. He gets out, gets his arms

2:07:282:07:33

through, simple finish, good work by

the forwards. Patchell with enough

2:07:332:07:39

strength to off-load. Lovely drive.

2:07:392:07:50

Here we are again. If you are going

to double tackle a man you have got

2:08:282:08:36

to wrap him up.

2:08:362:08:45

At his very best George North is as

good as it gets. He looks to be

2:08:462:08:50

close to his best again. Another

change for Wales, Tomas Francis is

2:08:502:09:00

off, Rhodri Jones coming on.

2:09:002:09:12

Italy will keep on trying but Wales

may not have finished yet. Don't put

2:09:122:09:20

your hand on the ground!

2:09:202:09:25

Hadleigh Parkes.

2:09:252:09:31

Ken Owens. " Is to Rob Evans.

2:09:312:09:42

Minozzi, leaves it for Allan, the

try for Minozzi seems a long time

2:09:422:09:51

ago now for Italy.

A lot of Italian

forwards are walking now. They have

2:09:512:09:58

given everything but a look at the

scoreboard...

Italy closing in on

2:09:582:10:07

the 16th successive Six Nations

defeat. Again Wales have

2:10:072:10:15

defeat. Again Wales have France...

In possession and territory, the

2:10:152:10:24

creativity to put sides away when

teams are in the ascendancy.

Another

2:10:242:10:29

change for Italy, Fabiani are coming

on for Ghiraldini. And Eddie

2:10:292:10:38

Guererro coming on at fly-half.

In

those days people were just playing

2:10:382:10:45

for fun, now every team is trying to

improve.

2:10:452:10:51

improve. Linking well with

Halfpenny. Immediately threatening

2:10:522:10:58

the Italian 22 once again. Ken

Owens, is it about the Welsh attack

2:10:582:11:05

island-wide. Still going himself,

looking for support Justin Tucker

2:11:052:11:11

chew.

2:11:112:11:17

chew.

They have increased the pace

again.

2:11:172:11:23

again.

Just the slight delay creates

the gap outside. Becoming one

2:11:272:11:31

earlier.

2:11:312:11:38

The replacement hooker for Italy,

Fabiani. Shorter line-out.

2:11:382:11:48

Fabiani. Shorter line-out. Budd

there, gives it on, Licata.

2:11:492:11:57

there, gives it on, Licata. Italy

clear once again but cannot really

2:11:582:12:02

find a way out of their own half

they are just hanging on at the

2:12:022:12:08

moment.

2:12:082:12:10

Good stats for Hadleigh Parkes, what

a good find he has been for Wales

2:12:182:12:23

since the residence qualification.

He is the link here to Patchell but

2:12:232:12:27

the ball goes loose, Steff Evans

gathers in one hand. Evans getting

2:12:272:12:35

back his feet, Leigh Halfpenny

through still going. The ball is

2:12:352:12:42

there for Wales, Steff Evans. Into a

cluster of blue jerseys. I did comes

2:12:422:12:50

to Rob Evans, straight into Parisse.

And Wales closing in again. Into the

2:12:502:13:00

final ten minutes. Rhys Patchell

looking for support island-wide,

2:13:002:13:05

Justin Tipuric, there it is, try

number five and Wales running away.

2:13:052:13:15

There was an overlap through a good

few phases. Eventually it was

2:13:152:13:21

spotted. That man looking lively in

terms of performance, his hands

2:13:212:13:32

certainly good enough to take the

long, floated pass. Well finished

2:13:322:13:34

off.

2:13:342:13:39

off.

Had no chance of stopping

Tipuric there. Patchell has added

2:13:402:13:48

something since coming on, taking

the ball to the line. The

2:13:482:13:51

distribution has been good.

One of

the things for Wales today, looking

2:13:512:13:55

at the options at fly-half.

Dan

Biggar arrested today. Rhys

2:13:552:14:02

Priestland injured, Anscombe

started, Rhys Patchell. Decision to

2:14:022:14:06

be made.

Very interesting decision

for next week against France.

2:14:062:14:16

As he did with his last years on

target once again. Another seven

2:14:212:14:27

points for Wales. And along way

clear.

I said I thought it was

2:14:272:14:35

important, I know Warren Gatland and

his coaching team will have wanted

2:14:352:14:40

Wales to finish on a better note for

most of the first half, they have

2:14:402:14:43

indeed done that and they will be

feeling a lot better about this

2:14:432:14:46

performance.

Hadleigh Parkes fields

the restart, finds Justin Tipuric

2:14:462:14:53

once more. Aled Davies with the

spill. George North takes the ball.

2:14:532:15:01

Come back from a knock-on.

2:15:012:15:07

Come back from a knock-on. Italy

will have the scrum. He has had a

2:15:072:15:10

big game, Hadleigh Parkes.

2:15:102:15:17

Don't know what to do about Italy.

It's been another match where they

2:15:222:15:31

have given their all but they're all

has been far from enough. I am sure

2:15:312:15:36

many will ask questions again. Very

much in this championship and will

2:15:362:15:43

stay here, I'm sure.

You do have two

at some point give a cut-off point

2:15:432:15:50

because there are nations who are in

the second tier who are making huge

2:15:502:15:57

strides in

2:15:572:16:02

strides in their rugby, probably

capable of doing as well as not

2:16:022:16:04

better in the long term. I should

give the second-tier nations the

2:16:042:16:11

automatic right to come to the top

table what do you do, whether it is

2:16:112:16:18

a play-off, home and away, it should

not be every year up and down but

2:16:182:16:21

unless you give them the opportunity

to come to the top table as a right

2:16:212:16:26

they will never be sufficient and

world rugby will always be giving

2:16:262:16:30

hand-outs.

2:16:302:16:35

hand-outs.

Free kick of the scrum,

opportunity here for Italy. Jayden

2:16:362:16:42

Hayward makes good ground. Six

minutes remaining. Canna feeds on.

2:16:422:16:50

Here is Canna. Off the wing.

2:16:502:16:59

Here is Canna. Off the wing. Gives

it

2:17:012:17:06

it short once more, finds he word --

Jeremy Hayward. Go forward now into

2:17:062:17:15

the 22.

2:17:152:17:21

the 22. Nice play to Jayden Hayward.

Breaking Ground. The replacement

2:17:212:17:32

hooker set it up for Roman

2:17:322:17:35

Italy turn it over. Budd now. Italy

looking for something in the final

2:17:412:17:49

five minutes. Wide it comes,

opportunity. It is a try. Bellini

2:17:492:17:57

get it down.

2:17:572:18:03

get it down. Italy have second.

Turnover is once again. They

2:18:032:18:07

finished the move this time. Scores

on the corner, Bellini.

What they

2:18:072:18:16

would have given for that in the

first-half when they in contention.

2:18:162:18:22

One or two either way there.

2:18:222:18:24

Recognise the Speyside wide.

Lovely

pass.

Recognise this space

2:18:292:18:35

island-wide.

2:18:352:18:36

In goes Bellini after the pop pass

from Ruzza. Italy have second try.

2:18:432:18:55

And the conversion is good from

Canna. Another look, the floated

2:18:552:19:01

pass over the top, Ruzza with

Bellini on hand for his second try

2:19:012:19:08

for Italy. They are second try today

something for the wandering fans to

2:19:082:19:13

celebrate. But Wales will look to

finish strongly. Ellis Jenkins goes

2:19:132:19:22

to ground. Rob Evans gives it to

Rhys Patchell, to Leigh Halfpenny.

2:19:222:19:30

Straight into Quaglio, the prop

forward. Rob Evans quickly

2:19:302:19:38

surrounded.

2:19:382:19:43

Looked to be a forward pass but it's

finds as the referee. Turns a blind

2:19:432:19:51

eye. Wales still than opportunity.

Patchell racing through the gap but

2:19:512:19:56

comes back.

That is a yellow as well

isn't it? It's not going to affect

2:19:562:20:02

the match.

I just want to know if

it's deliberate or not. Give me one

2:20:022:20:09

picture.

2:20:092:20:14

picture.

Marius Jonker an overtime

today. Let's have a look.

That's a

2:20:142:20:22

yellow card.

Benvenuti the man.

Line

break red and yellow card here.

So,

2:20:222:20:38

Benvenuti is off, the final two

minutes, doesn't matter. It's time

2:20:382:20:44

for as Wales the corner we will tell

you man of the match.

A few standout

2:20:442:20:50

players today, George North has been

exceptional. Cory Hill was very

2:20:502:20:56

good. But for me some one who has

been involved in everything, man of

2:20:562:21:03

the match is Hadleigh Parkes.

And

Tipuric secures the line-out for

2:21:032:21:09

Wales. As Hadleigh Parkes is

announced to the crowd and Wales go

2:21:092:21:15

hunting for another try. Advantage

Wales. The penalty is coming. They

2:21:152:21:22

are a man to the good year. They

will have the penalty. Davies is

2:21:222:21:30

brought back.

2:21:302:21:36

brought back. Patchell will put it

in the corner and the last passage

2:21:362:21:38

of play in the game will be Wales

laying siege to the Italian line

2:21:382:21:42

from a line-out.

2:21:422:21:48

from a line-out.

You, you see my

face?

2:21:482:21:55

face?

Italy gavel sells for one

final defensive effort. Wales in no

2:21:552:21:58

hurry.

2:21:582:22:05

Smile from the man of the match.

Last minute. Wales have the ball,

2:22:052:22:12

taken down by Seb Davies, did the

ball go forward? It did. Little

2:22:122:22:20

knock-on. The crowd are cheering.

Give him his moment but then take it

2:22:202:22:27

away from them because the whistle

and gone.

Quite a lot of the crowd

2:22:272:22:36

still haven't realised. George North

has now.

Hat-trick try taken away

2:22:362:22:44

from him.

2:22:442:22:50

from him.

If he had scored that

would you have given him man of the

2:22:502:22:53

match?

CHUCKLES

They would have announced it was

2:22:532:22:58

being taken away from Hadleigh

Parkes and given to George North.

2:22:582:23:02

It's going to be the last scrum of

the game. Jerome Garces just asking

2:23:022:23:09

how long but we know the clock is

red. The last few cries of Wales,

2:23:092:23:19

Wales around the Principality

Stadium. The scrum Sabena bit messy

2:23:192:23:23

today. But again a reminder, Wales

go second in the table. They play

2:23:232:23:30

France here in a week. Italy looking

to avoid a 17th successive defeat

2:23:302:23:36

against Scotland in Rome. 17th

successive Six Nations defeat.

2:23:362:23:51

Here they go through Canna. Goes in

again. Pair have the advantage

2:23:592:24:09

Italy. Penalties these days you kick

it out you get the line-out.

2:24:092:24:20

it out you get the line-out. Canna

does just

2:24:232:24:30

does just that. You wonder, Conor

O'Shea, they will say the right

2:24:302:24:38

after the game again but it's

Groundhog Day.

Whether they take

2:24:382:24:54

penalty kicks or not.

Wales with a

chance to counter, Steff Evans in a

2:24:542:25:02

race for the line but cannot quite

make contact with the ball, the

2:25:022:25:08

match ends in handsome victory for

Wales. They go second in the table

2:25:082:25:12

and just too good for Italy.

Comfortable win, they created a lot

2:25:122:25:18

more in the second half, Italy gave

a valiant effort, a lot of

2:25:182:25:21

possession and territory but could

not turn pressure into points. Italy

2:25:212:25:28

will look to try to turn over

Scotland and Wales will try to

2:25:282:25:34

finish second. Ireland thoroughly

deserved Six Nations champions.

2:25:342:25:43

Definitely the form and best team in

the championship. For Wales today

2:25:432:25:47

bearing in mind the number of

substitutions, number of players

2:25:472:25:50

making their first appearances

either in the championship for at

2:25:502:25:56

this stadium. I think they will be

satisfied with the margin of

2:25:562:25:59

victory. Not exactly the way it was

achieved which was a bit sporadic

2:25:592:26:04

but I am sure the players,

especially liked George North, back

2:26:042:26:10

on form, welcome return for him.

Hadleigh Parkes today, superb.

2:26:102:26:19

Hadleigh Parkes today, superb.

We

saw the captain 's parents, Toby

2:26:192:26:22

Faletau leading his team to a

handsome victory. The move second in

2:26:222:26:26

the table. Sergio Parisse is still

going. Still rolling that boulder up

2:26:262:26:34

the hill but the captain of the ship

goes down once again. Big victory

2:26:342:26:41

for Wales.

2:26:412:26:50

goes down once again. Big victory

for Wales.

2:26:502:26:50

STUDIO:

2:26:502:26:53

STUDIO: Italy ruck bottom, no points

from this championship but Wales

2:26:532:26:57

move up to second. With that bonus

point known on 11 Italy extend their

2:26:572:27:05

own Six Nations record defeats to 16

matches. Let's talk to man of the

2:27:052:27:11

match Hadleigh Parkes.

2:27:112:27:12

matches. Let's talk to man of the

match Hadleigh Parkes.

You set Wales

2:27:122:27:16

well on the way to combines of win,

did you get the ball down for a

2:27:162:27:20

possible second try?

I thought so

but the referee saw it differently.

2:27:202:27:26

And we still got the bonus point try

in the end so it's good enough to be

2:27:262:27:29

there.

How important was it to get

the continuity?

It's a huge

2:27:292:27:36

opportunity for a lot of the boys,

boys on debut. It's about building

2:27:362:27:41

depth than I think Wales going

forward it's quite exciting.

The

2:27:412:27:46

championship is gone but you are up

to second place, are you amazed how

2:27:462:27:50

open it is in the arm wrestle to be

runners-up?

It's exciting, it makes

2:27:502:27:54

next weekend very exciting, it will

be another big game. Warren wanted

2:27:542:27:59

two wins and we are halfway there

are so hopefully we get another

2:27:592:28:02

performance and get another W.

Congratulations to you, man of the

2:28:022:28:08

match and in the neck of time here

is your captain for the day coming

2:28:082:28:12

alongside you. Thank you very much.

Congratulations, victory for Wales,

2:28:122:28:17

bonus point, how does that sound?

It's good, we wanted to win today

2:28:172:28:24

and that points also. We played well

in phases but overall pleased with

2:28:242:28:30

the result.

Huge day for you to

captain Wales for the first time,

2:28:302:28:35

what were the emotions as you came

out of the tunnel onto the pitch and

2:28:352:28:39

sang the anthem?

Cannot really

explain, it's a great honour to lead

2:28:392:28:43

the boys out through the tunnel.

Just concentrating on what was ahead

2:28:432:28:49

of us.

Where are you aware your

parents are here and occasionally on

2:28:492:28:54

the big screen?

I knew they were

here, they came in numbers to

2:28:542:29:00

support today but it's good to have

them here.

Congratulations.

2:29:002:29:04

Have you ever heard him say so much?

I'm so pleased for him.

2:29:092:29:12

Have you ever heard him say so much?

I'm so pleased for him. He

2:29:122:29:14

definitely deserved to finish his

career as some point do a bad tag as

2:29:142:29:19

somebody captaining Wales because he

has been such an influential player

2:29:192:29:22

since coming onto the scene in 2011

-- to have that tag. He was great

2:29:222:29:30

and deserved it.

Starting at the

beginning of that second half, Italy

2:29:302:29:34

would have thought they had the man

advantage that they did not make it

2:29:342:29:37

pay. Cory Hill has been praised for

his tackling.

You look at the

2:29:372:29:43

awareness and understanding and his

position, he is around the corner

2:29:432:29:47

and out of the scrum on the front

foot. Be different in the second

2:29:472:29:51

half, they were so flat and down and

slow, Italy, but Wales went up a

2:29:512:29:57

gear even when they were men down.

They did slow it down, Italy, just

2:29:572:30:05

like to bash it forward but in the

moment they looked the most

2:30:052:30:07

dangerous was playing of number ten

and moving the ball and get ink two

2:30:072:30:12

or three passes.

-- getting. When

Gareth Davies went off, for a brief

2:30:122:30:17

moment they had the two-man

advantage, they seem to go

2:30:172:30:21

backwards.

You are thinking they are

down to 13 men, and they have

2:30:212:30:25

opportunities. That was a poor kick,

it should be five metres further,

2:30:252:30:30

they lose the line-out, get it back

and this is from the ensuing

2:30:302:30:35

line-out. Down to 13 men, Wales and

look at that, the poor pass and the

2:30:352:30:42

knock-on. It takes all the pressure

off. We spoke at the top of the

2:30:422:30:47

show, the clinical moment and they

lose their shape and composter. --

2:30:472:30:52

and composure.

Getting territory is

very hard, and when we play New

2:30:522:30:58

Zealand or Australia, you have to

take something from the opposition

2:30:582:31:03

22. Italy were getting field

position that there were errors

2:31:032:31:06

costing them. It is a work on for

them to be more clinical.

It took

2:31:062:31:11

them almost ten minutes to get back

that field position as well which

2:31:112:31:14

takes a lot out of you.

Absolutely

and Wales are not forced those

2:31:142:31:19

mistakes, they are basic errors. We

are like a broken record because we

2:31:192:31:24

say the same thing all the time but

it is obvious and frustrating. I'm

2:31:242:31:29

happy Wales have won but service

credit for Italy because it's the

2:31:292:31:31

same thing every week!

You've pretty

much summed it up!

The Liam Williams

2:31:312:31:38

incident at the end of the first

half you would have thought would

2:31:382:31:41

shape the beginning of the second.

This tackle was adjudged to be, and

2:31:412:31:47

on social media there is some

disagreement with this, asking what

2:31:472:31:50

is happening to the game, and some

people think it is a red card.

That

2:31:502:31:57

shot to me, evidently it is a yellow

and I can't see the argument is not.

2:31:572:32:02

The last few years with the way the

laws have gone, it is definitely a

2:32:022:32:06

yellow card. I don't think it was

red.

He did not make it back on, and

2:32:062:32:11

in a game of Gambles and changes for

Warren Gatland, does it signify that

2:32:112:32:15

perhaps that did not go so well?

I

don't know, it is difficult to judge

2:32:152:32:20

in one game and he only played 40

minutes. Wales had to come out in

2:32:202:32:26

the second half and play a bit more

conservative and just get the

2:32:262:32:29

forward in the game off ninth and

tenth and that is how Cory Hill got

2:32:292:32:33

his try and Justin Tipuric. Just to

get those boys in the game and make

2:32:332:32:38

Italy tackle and they ended up

missing 25 tackles. You looked at

2:32:382:32:44

90% tackle completion in

international rugby and that is

2:32:442:32:47

poor.

What has he learned from

today? Would you say that today was

2:32:472:32:51

more positive than the experiment in

the autumn?

Absolutely, we have

2:32:512:32:54

struggled having made changes before

but they hit their straps and I

2:32:542:32:58

think they have more strength in

depth than we have ever had. It is a

2:32:582:33:01

positive day for Wales.

And very

briefly, we talk about a team that

2:33:012:33:07

can finish second with a victory

over France. It seems like they have

2:33:072:33:12

exceeded expectations.

I thought

they would win their home games and

2:33:122:33:16

would struggle away and that is how

it looks like it will go but a

2:33:162:33:19

second is still great.

Thank you

very much, great to have you here.

2:33:192:33:24

We will see you next week at 4:30pm

on BBC One.

2:33:242:33:30

Straight through goes Hadleigh

Parkes, the first try within four

2:33:352:33:40

minutes. The interception and George

North is in for try number two!

2:33:402:33:44

Minozzi has done it! The booing

starts for the yellow card. Try with

2:33:442:33:53

a man down. Yellow card number two.

George North will get it down.

2:33:532:34:01

Gabby Logan presents live coverage as Wales seek to preserve their unbeaten home record against Italy in the Six Nations.

Wales have won the last ten meetings overall, but Italy did manage to draw in Cardiff in 2006.

Expert analysis is provided by former Wales flanker Martyn Williams and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton.