Edoardo Padovani’s late attempt stuns Wales as Italy win in Cardiff for the primary time
Wales 21 Italy 22
Wing Edoardo Padovani scored a late attempt as Italy shocked their hosts Wales 22-21 to safe a primary ever win in Cardiff and finish their 36-game dropping streak within the Six Nations on Saturday.
An excellent break from rookie fullback Ange Capuozzo arrange the rating for Padovani, and when outhalf Paolo Garbisi kicked the conversion from in entrance of the posts on the ultimate whistle, Italy had secured their magic second that left some gamers in tears.
It was totally deserved, too. They bullied the defending Six Nations champions on the breakdown and put in a stout defensive show, one thing that had been a weak point in recent times, to safe one of many extra well-known wins of their rugby historical past and present their continued enchancment beneath coach Kieran Crowley.
Centre Owen Watkin, wing Josh Adams and hooker Dewi Lake scored tries for Waless, who put in a principally flat efficiency and missed the prospect to have fun 100 caps for outhalf Dan Biggar and 150 for lock Alun Wyn Jones within the fashion they’d have wished for.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac made seven modifications following a slender defeat towards France final outing, together with a primary Test begin for hooker Lake, whereas full-back Johnny McNicholl, centre Uilisi Halaholo and prop Dillon Lewis had been additionally amongst these known as up.
Italy made a vibrant begin, with wing Monty Ioane placing early defensive strain on McNicholl, and it took Wales 10 minutes earlier than they may set up any form of threatening place contained in the Azzurri’s 22.
But that chance was wasted after Lake overthrew an attacking lineout and Italy launched possession again downfield earlier than Garbisi booted a 48-metre penalty to open the scoring.
Padovani then doubled Italy’s benefit, matching Garbisi’s long-range strike, and there was a glance of lethargy about Wales, underlined when wing Louis Rees-Zammit spilled a scoring move from McNicholl.
Halaholo then adopted swimsuit by dropping the ball following a powerful Rees-Zammit break, which ended a dismal opening quarter for final season’s Six Nations champions.
Wales lastly stirred 12 minutes earlier than half-time, with Watkin making use of a high-class end following spectacular method work by Rees-Zammit and his fellow wing Adams, earlier than Biggar’s conversion made it 7-6.
But the lead was shortlived, as Wales’ poor self-discipline allowed Italy probabilities from distance, and Garbisi and Padovani every kicked penalties from distance throughout a three-minute spell, giving Italy a five-point benefit.
Wales proved to be their very own worst enemies, coughing up possession by poor dealing with and positioning, with Italy not requiring a second invitation to capitalise on such elementary errors.
Ioane put them again on the entrance foot as half-time approached, breaking clear from simply inside his personal half, and Italy completed strongly, securing a 12-7 interval lead.
Pivac made a half-time change, sending on prop Leon Brown for Lewis, whereas Nick Tompkins changed Halaholo inside 5 minutes of the restart, as Ioane was then solely denied a attempt by Adams’s good cover-tackle.
Wales went forward after 52 minutes, although, once they drove a close-range lineout and Lake touched down for a attempt that Biggar transformed.
But the excellent Ioane responded by launching an exciting counterattack, then Wales infringed inside their very own 22 and Garbisi accomplished his penalty hat-trick to make it 15-14.
Jones performed for an hour on his first look greater than 4 months after struggling a shoulder harm, being changed by Will Rowlands, and Callum Sheedy took up outhalf duties as Biggar moved to fullback as an alternative of McNicholl.
Adams sprinkled a little bit of magic on proceedings together with his clinching rating, however it was a forgettable efficiency by Wales that supplied little trigger for optimism forward of a three-Test South Africa tour in July, with Padovani and Garbisi combining to finish their distress.