Wales 21-22 Italy: Italians break seven-year Six Nations losing streak in Cardiff

Wales have suffered their first ever home Six Nations defeat to Italy

Wales produced a shocking display as they became the first team to suffer a Six Nations defeat to Italy in seven years.

Winger Edoardo Padovani crossed in the final play after a superb break from full-back Ange Capuozzo, with Paolo Garbisi landing the match-winning conversion as the Azzurri ended a 36-game losing streak in the Championship.

It looked as though Josh Adams had got Wales out of jail when he delivered a class finish 12 minutes from time having earlier pulled off a crucial try-saving tackle on opposite number Monty Ioane. But Italy had the final word at the Principality Stadium to claim a deserved victory.

For Wales, it’s a woeful end to a poor defence of their title, with the campaign having produced just a solitary win over Scotland.

They had claimed the only touchdown of the opening period through centre Owen Watkin, who delivered a sharp, side-stepping finish following a quality counter from deep. It was a fine try, but other gilt-edged chances were spurned, enabling the visitors to lead 12-7 at the break via the boots of fly-half Garbisi and Edoardo Padovani.

Hooker Dewi Lake broke away from a lineout drive to put Wales in front on 51 minutes, only for Garbisi to reclaim the lead near the hour mark. Then came the dramatic finale.

Stay tuned for live reaction from both post-match press conferences:

Wales: 15. Johnny McNicholl, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Owen Watkin, 12. Uilisi Halaholo, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar (capt), 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Gareth Thomas, 2. Dewi Lake, 3. Dillon Lewis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Seb Davies, 7. Josh Navidi, 8. Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16. Bradley Roberts, 17. Wyn Jones, 18. Leon Brown, 19. Will Rowlands, 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Kieran Hardy, 22. Callum Sheedy, 23. Nick Tompkins.

Italy: 15. Ange Capuozzo, 14. Edoardo Padovani, 13. Juan Ignacio Brex, 12. Leonardo Marin, 11. Monty Ioane, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Callum Braley, 1. Danilo Fischetti, 2. Giacomo Nicotera, 3. Pietro Ceccarelli, 4. Marco Fuser, 5. Federico Ruzza, 6. Giovanni Pettinelli, 7. Michele Lamaro (capt), 8. Toa Halafihi.

Replacements: 16. Luca Bigi, 17. Cherif Traore, 18. Tiziano Pasquali, 19. David Sisi, 20. Nicolo Cannone, 21. Braam Steyn, 22. Alessandro Fusco, 23. Marco Zanon.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

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