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Wayne Pivac under pressure as Wales lose against Italy for the first time at home

19 Mar 2022 3 minutes Read
Wales coach Wayne Pivac. WRU handout

Wales have lost against Italy for the first time ever at home, in Italy’s first win in the Six Nations since 2015.

The result will put coach Wayne Pivac under huge pressure as Wales followed up a Six Nations Championship last year with a run of matches where a wooden spoon was only narrowly avoided by bonus points.

Edoardo Padovani touched down in the last minute of the game after a break by Ange Capuozzo to snatch an unexpected win after Wales had struggled all match to make headway.

Wales looked to be clear after a try by Josh Adams on 69 minutes but despite Wyn Jones later crossing the whitewash, his attempt was deemed to have been held up.

It was Italy that had been under pressure going into the match with some suggestion that they should make way for another European team such as Georgia. But Wales struggled to make headway in attack through the game, giving away a string on penalties under pressure.

Man of the Match Josh Adams gave Ange Capuozzo his medal following the defeat.

It was a 150th cap and a 100th cap to forget for Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar respectively.

Italy had taken an early lead with two penalties before Wales went in front through Owen Watkin try.

But the visitors again nudged back in front with another brace of penalties by Paolo Garbisi and Eduardo Padovani.

Dewi Lake crosses after a driving maul to edge Wales in front again before a fifth Italian penalty gives Italy a 15-14 lead.

Wales seemed to be in the clear after a Josh Adams try, and with two minutes left on the clock had Italy pinned in their own half before a stunning Ange Capuozzo breakaway lead to the final try.

Welsh fans took to social media after the game to demand that Wayne Pivac walk after Wales won only one of their five games in the championship.

More to follow…


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Arwyn
Arwyn
2 months ago

As poor as that was, and as bad as the coaches have been this year, Welsh rugby’s problems are far deeper than that performance. Still though, I think it is time for Pivac to go now.

Pevans1977
Pevans1977
2 months ago

A proper discussion is needed now the WRU are unable to use international success as a mask to what lies beneath. For those who paid a fair sum today to watch, the WRU owe you an apology (and £100).

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 months ago

Gatland managed to paper over the cracks for years. Noone else will be able to!!

Harry Williamson
Harry Williamson
2 months ago

Pivac has been exposed in the last few months. He should leave by mutual consent.

Gareth
Gareth
2 months ago

As long as the WRU continue to pay lip service to the english royalty I do not give a toss, let them struggle, while our national football team prosper and promote Cymru and our culture to a world wide audience .

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 months ago

Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Willis Halaholo, Jonny McNichol, a gaping hole right down the middle of the team. It was always likely to end like this.

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
2 months ago

Anyone who saw Friday night’s BBC Wales Six Nations Sin Bin (a bizarre concoction of nonsense), would have witnessed two current Welsh team members predicting a victory over the Italian team of thirty points. To hold and publicly express such a view is clearly naive. I am amazed that such comments were made public on the eve of an international rugby match.

If these sentiments were widely shared across the Welsh team it is little wonder that we came second best.

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