Six Nations, Italy makes history and wins 22-21 in Wales

CARDIFF – After seven years, Italy returns to winning the Six Nations. He does it at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for 22-21 with a try in the 78th minute by Padovani transformed by Garbisi. On the last day of the tournament comes a success that was missing even from 2015 (22-19 at home to Scotland). For Italy it is the 3rd success in the Six Nations against the Dragons, the first obtained away from home. With the new-found victory, the infamous “wooden spoon” is also avoided.

Crowley’s XV played a tactically perfect match, without defect flaws, capitalizing to the maximum from the pitch and closing the first 40 minutes ahead. The excellent start of Italy is realized with a free-kick won at the end of a good offensive action. Garbisi kicks just before the halfway point and puts the oval in the middle of the goalposts. Italy took the lead in Cardiff 3-0 after 12 ‘. Padovani hits the posts for 6-0. Then comes the Welsh goal of Watkin (7-6). Garbisi and Padovani extend (12-7 for Italy). There is also a try canceled by the Tmo before the end of the first half.

In the second half a try by Lake brings the Welsh back in front (14-12) but Garbisi scores 15-14 from the posts. Adams marks the goal that seems to crush Italy’s ambitions (21-15). Then a try is canceled for Wales before the apotheosis. At 80 ‘Azzurri pushing, but Wales steals the oval after the touchdown on their own 22 meters. The blues do not give up: Capuozzo flies to the right, then unloads for Padovani who goes to crush in the middle of the goalposts. Garbisi transforms and Italy comes back on expiry! Red time, game over! Winning is back after 7 years, the first success in history in Wales.

Crowley: “Victory, daughter of the great work done”

«We are very happy, and I am very happy for these guys, who really deserved it. However, this victory should not be so surprising, although obviously very important: this group worked a lot and with absolute dedication throughout the tournament, and it must not be this result alone that determines the overall judgment ». So Kieran Crowley, coach of the Italian rugby team, after the splendid victory in Cardiff.

“Regarding the choices made by Wales when he had his penalties in favor – he adds – the teams decide on the pitch according to how they feel at the moment, and the game plan. Wales has read those moments in a certain way, we in another, simply this, we never had the impression of their arrogance towards us ».

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