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Wales were humiliated in Cardiff as they crashed to a shock Six Nations defeat against perennial basement battlers Italy.
It was the Azzurri’s first win in 37 matches in the competition. Wales were dismal, attempting to open up before they had subdued the visitors up front and failing to set in piece a decent platform.
They also blew a number of chances. But fair play to the opposition, who deserved their success. Italian joy was unconfined as they finished 22-21 winners.
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MARK ORDERS hands out the Wales player ratings:
Johnny McNicholl 4
Back to see if he could set off a few fireworks in Wales’ attacking game, but it was his aerial skills which stood out early on, with the Scarlet catching a series of high kicks. It went downhill from there. Blew an opportunity with pass that died on Rees-Zammit and took a heavy bang before break. There were other mistakes.
Louis Rees-Zammit 4
A buzz of anticipation every time he had the ball, but Rees-Zammit wouldn’t have thanked McNicholl for tlow, fading pass with the line beckoning. He did have a couple of dangerous runs but needs to improve his defence and game-awareness. It hasn’t been his tournament.
Owen Watkin 7
Had received praise from attack coach Stephen Jones beforehand, and did his best to merit it with a well-taken try finished with a sharp step. Also, some good defensive interventions, notably when sweeping up to clear danger before half-time. Far from the worst.
Willis Halaholo 4
Wales were looking to the Cardiff player to create from 12, but Italy policed him well in the first 40, restricting his time and space. Couldn’t hold onto Dan Biggar pass with the Italy defence hopelessly stretched. No impact and subbed on 47 minutes.
Josh Adams 6
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