Wales off to winning start
|Six Nations 2017|
|Italy (7) 7|
|Try: Gori Con: Canna|
|Wales (3) 33|
|Tries: J Davies, L Williams, North Cons: Halfpenny 3 Pens: Halfpenny 4|
Wales scored three tries in the last 20 minutes as their Six Nations bid began with a hard-fought win in Rome.
Edoardo Gori’s first-half try and Carlo Canna’s conversion against Leigh Halfpenny’s penalty gave the hosts a deserved 7-3 lead at the break.
But Welsh pressure gave Halfpenny the chance to kick Wales ahead before the tries came.
Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North crossed as Rob Howley’s side built their lead.
Halfpenny finished with an 18-point haul from four penalties and successful conversions of all three tries.
More to follow.
Italy: 15-Edoardo Padovani; 14-Giulio Bisegni, 13-Tommaso Benvenuti, 12-Luke McLean 11-Giovanbattista Venditti; 10-Carlo Canna, 9-Edoardo Gori; 1-Andrea Lovotti, 2-Ornel Gega, 3-Lorenzo Cittadini, 4-Marco Fuser, 5-George Biagi, 6-Abraham Steyn, 7-Maxime Mata M’Banda, 8-Sergio Parisse (captain)
Replacements: 16-Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17-Sami Panico, 18-Pietro Ceccarelli, 19-Joshua Furno, 20-Francesco Minto, 21-Giorgio Bronzini, 22-Tommaso Allan, 23-Michele Campagnaro
Wales: 15-Leigh Halfpenny; 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Scott Williams, 11-Liam Williams; 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Rhys Webb; 1-Nicky Smith, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Samson Lee, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain); 6-Sam Warburton, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8-Ross Moriarty
Replacements: 16-Scott Baldwin, 17-Rob Evans, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-James King, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Sam Davies, 23-Jamie Roberts
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Touch judges: Johnny Lacey (Ireland) & Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
Source: BBC – UK News