Six Nations: Italy beat Wales

Six Nations: Italy beat Wales rising to 8th in world rankings

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Italy celebrated their most triumphant Six Nations campaign yet with a stunning victory over Wales in Cardiff, simultaneously handing their hosts their first Wooden Spoon in 21 years.

A remarkable performance saw Italy take control early on, with Monty Ioane’s try and two penalties from Paulo Garbisi securing an 11-0 lead at halftime. Lorenzo Pani further bolstered Italy’s lead with a brilliant score, complemented by additional penalties from Garbisi and Martin Page-Relo.

Despite Wales’ attempts to mount a comeback with tries from Elliot Dee, Will Rowlands, and Mason Grady, the true dominance of Italy’s performance was evident, with the three-point margin of defeat hardly reflecting their superiority. This victory marked a triumphant repeat of their 2022 success in Cardiff.

Italy also got Play of the Round with this fantastic try

The match also served as a poignant moment for center George North’s Wales career, as he bid farewell to international rugby during his final Test.

Under the guidance of head coach Gonzalo Quesada, Italy’s resurgence has been nothing short of remarkable. Following initial setbacks, they secured an away draw against France and victories against Scotland and Wales, achieving their most successful tournament since joining the Six Nations in 2000.

In contrast to Wales’ struggles, Italy’s ascent to eighth in the world rankings underscores their remarkable transformation. With their impressive performance, Italy has not only showcased their own capabilities but has also highlighted the need for urgent reform in Welsh rugby.

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