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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇮🇹 Match Thread

New coaches on both sides, Faletau's back, Parisse's gone, and George North at centre. The post-Gatland era begins today as Johnny McNicholl gets his first cap, and you can expect to see a Welsh team looking more to attack than the defesive posture that won them last year's Grand Slam as Pivac exerts his risk-taking offensive strategies. will be ready to pounce on those gaps, with plenty of speed and skill in the back.

A rousing Calon Lan followed by Hymns and Arias from the crowd. Some cool looking new banners on the pitch, and the teams are lining up for the 2020 - bring on the fire!

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Anthems are done, fire has flamed, goats have left the pitch and we are ready for kick-off! Come on Wales!

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#WALvITA 4m 

WAL 3-0 ITA Biggar slots an easy three and Tom Jones sings out "It's not unusual".

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Wales under a bit of Italian pressure. A one-handed off-load by Canna to Bellini sends the winger storming down the left wing but Halfpenny brings him down.

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McNicchol scoops up a box kick leading to a frantic attack f=down the left wing, Williams touches it down from a grubber but a knock-on brings us back for a blue scrum on the Italian 5.

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Solid Italian scrum physically, technically not so much. Italy penalised at the breakdown gives Wales another per=nalty, but McNicholl takes a knock to the noggin and is being assessed.

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#WALvITA 11m 

WAL 6-0 ITA Biggar again, trickier angle than last time but three more on the board.

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Wow. Well we are definitely seeing an attacking Wales, eager to run at space given even a fraction of a chance. Halfpenny chips and chases but takes what looks like a reasonable knock but ref says it's intentional trip, penalty Wales. Biggar lines up for third time.

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#WALvITA 16m 

WAL 9-0 ITA And this is why some say we need penalty caps in the new rules. 15 minutes, three penalties, Wales with an easy lead.

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#WALvITA 18m 

WAL 14-0 ITA Textbook schoolboy play puts Josh Adams over the line in the left corner. Great use of width by Wales. Biggar finally misses one from far left.

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Tomkins showing off some prize-winning jackalling, McNicchol passed his assessment though so they'll be swapping back shortly. Halfpenny with another great chase and reminds us why he's so great in the air contests.

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The game has settled down a bit and Italy are now showing some solid almost Wales-like defense, but a little flat and a little slow. Channels are tightening up though as Italy adapts to this attacking Welsh play.

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#WALvITA 30m 

WAL 21-0 ITA Entertaining pass between the legs from Halfpenny to Adams gives Wales and Adams their second try. Biggar kicks from the same spot as last time, this time successfully.

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Pivac should be happy with the attacking this half, but Ken Owens / Welsh scrum not so much. Italy clearly messing with everyone's heads in the pack down.

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Gorgeous chargedown from Tomos Williams of all people, nearly a try but can't quite keep his hands on the regather. Italy's Sarto cleans up. So close.

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