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Last updated: 23rd February 2013  

80 And that is that from the Stadio Olimpico. Full credit to Wales who make it two wins from three in the Six Nations following their disappointing start at home to Ireland. Italy need to regroup and quickly.

79 Halfpenny is named man-of-the-match in Rome but we also feel a mention for the Welsh pack is needed.

78 This will be Wales' seventeenth win in twenty games against Italy. Next up is Le Crunch of course.

76 That's all of the Welsh bench on the field now for the closing minutes while poor Orquera is the lone figure on the Italian pine. What a boost for Wales this is, having won back-to-back wins on the road.

73 It just hasn't happened for the Azzurri today as the usually reliable Zanni spills one on halfway.

72 Italy know this game is beyond them and thus ring the changes as all but two of their bench is now on. It's the same story for Wales too, who are defending stoutly on halfway, forcing Botes to kick high.

69 Speaking of Jones, he is now being replaced by Warburton after a job well done. Welsh throw 20 out.

69 Credit must go to Ryan Jones once again for his leadership as his pack go through the phases up to the Italian 22. Can they get up to the 30-point mark here? It looks promising as Castro waits to return.

66 Italy are on the Welsh 22 but their frustrating afternoon continues as an error leads to replacement Lloyd Williams putting in. Wales will look to clear from here, which they do through centre Roberts.

64 So are we looking at a potential Championship decider between Wales and England on the final day? We shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves but it could happen. What a match that would be in Cardiff.

Conversion62 HALFPENNY CONVERSION! 9-26! Neil Jenkins pats his kicker on the back and deservedly so. A fine kick.

TRY61 CUTHBERT TRY! 9-24! That should be that then. A fantastic line from the Cardiff Blues wing, who came off his wing behind Davies and then set off for the left corner. Great try as Castrogiovanni looks on.

Yellow Card59 CASTROGIOVANNI YELLOW! Phillips will put in just outside his own 22 as the two sodden packs get ready to go at each other. Well, it is a yellow card for Castrogiovanni as Poite blows for an indiscretion.

56 Paul James, Ken Owens and Alun-Wyn Jones are all on for Wales here before Italy send on Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi and Quintin Geldenhuys. Fresh legs then for the final hour or so here.

Penalty54 HALFPENNY PENALTY! 9-19! That didn't last long. A scrum penalty hands Wales three points.

52 The margins between success and failure and all that. Italy have just looked for position but the ball bobbles painfully the wrong side of the corner flag so instead of a line-out 5 out, it's a scrum back.

Penalty50 BURTON PENALTY! 9-16! Lovely strike again and they have some reward for that spell.

49 Next job, check. They have pressured Wales enough at that line-out to force the turnover five out.

48 Italy need to score next you feel as a margin of this size in these conditions is fairly strong. They do the first thing well as territory is in the bag .. now, to apply some pressure on Hibbard's throw.

Conversion46 HALFPENNY CONVERSION! 6-16! That puts the lead out to ten points.

TRY45 DAVIES TRY! 6-14! A chip over the top leads to the Scarlets centre gathering for a critical score.

43 Italy almost get off to the best possible start when a mishap in the Welsh back-three almost sees the hosts pounce. A fumble scuppers that chance though so Wales clear .. they aren't out of the woods yet.

Second-half Welcome back to the action and yes, the rain continues to fall. Burton will get us going with this one very much in the balance. So, will it be Wales or the Azzurri smiling following the next 40 minutes?

Half Time Italy 6-9 Wales.

40 They get their wish as the first 40 minutes ends with Italy scrum-half Edoardo Gori hoofing the ball into touch. Well, it wasn't pretty but the Welsh hold a slender half-time advantage in Rome. A huge second-half is coming up as Wales look to make it two wins from three ahead of a trip to Murrayfield.

38 Wales drop-out from their 22 before Halfpenny clears his lines from a mark soon after. I can't help but feel both sides are eager for the half-time whistle right now. New shirts will also be a must.

35 Halfpenny misses off the tee for the first time today.

33 Italy looked to break from a Jamie Roberts spillage on halfway just then but unfortunately for the hosts their attack petered out at an early stage. This could lead to Wales now getting on the board.

Penalty30 BURTON PENALTY! 6-9! We are back to a three-point ball game.

29 Joy for the Italian pack as they win their first scrum penalty of the day. That will warm them up.

28 The rain continues to bucket down here at the Stadio Olimpico. These truly are shocking conditions.

26 Huge mistake from Cuthbert - he has touched it now - as he fumbles a kick in his own 22. Can the Italians make the most of the gift with possession in midfield just 20 metres from the Welsh line.

24 Well that kick has led to plenty more boot which concludes with Biggar being penalised for holding on.

22 We have yet to see George North or Alex Cuthbert get their hands on the ball which gives you an idea of how the conditions are impacting things in Rome. Wales have it though and kick long to Italy' 22.

Penalty20 HALFPENNY PENALTY! 3-9! He's on form today.

18 Wales are in possession via a scrum so it's a chance of redemption for Lo Cicero. Solid from Wales once again though and it ultimately earns them a second scrum penalty. Great stuff from the forwards.

Penalty16 HALFPENNY PENALTY! 3-6! Great strike from wide out!

15 Excellent scrummage from Wales and boy do Italy's front-row not like that. It leads to Justin Tipuric and Andrea Lo Cicero squaring up to one another. The prop's pride wounded one suspects after that one.

13 So we are all square in Rome as first Masi and then Giovambattista Venditti make some ground for their side. The crowd rises from under their umbrellas but a fumble then sees Wales put in on their own 22.

Penalty11 BURTON PENALTY! 3-3! Chance for the Azzurri to draw level here as the Welsh front-row is penalised at scrum time. The penalty kick is bang in front and about 30 metres out. It's meat and drink for Burton.

Penalty8 HALFPENNY PENALTY! 0-3! Wales are just ten metres out now before Poite sounds his whistle for another Italian offence. This could be a simple three points for Halfpenny, which the full-back gobbles up.

5 Italian ball on the Welsh ten-metre and they are patient with it. Here is Castro taking it up but he is penalised for holding on so back come the Welsh with some territory to launch a decent attack.

3 Wales have themselves a scrum now bang on the Italian 22 so here comes Toby Faletau off the base. An eventual knock-on in an ensuing phase foils that one though, which could be a theme in this weather.

2 Sloppy first line-out from Richard Hibbard gifts possession to Italy but Burton clears directly into touch after taking the ball back into his 22. They're coach killers as Ghiraldini receives treatment.

Kick-off Stirring anthems from both sides are done and dusted so here we go. Romain Poite is in the middle today and he blows the whistle which allows Dan Biggar to get things going at the Stadio Olimpico.

Rain, rain and more rain unfortunately. Hopefully this won't impact too much on the match.

Team news Italy are missing talismanic captain Sergio Parisse due to suspension so Martin Castrogiovanni leads the side. Kris Burton is preferred over Luciano Orquera at fly-half. Wales, as confirmed a week ago, name exactly the same line-up that recorded victory over the French, with Sam Warburton on the bench.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Round 2 of the Six Nations. We're in Rome today for Italy versus Wales as the Azzurri look to make it back-to-back home wins following that week-opening victory over France. The Welsh enter confident however after an impressive 16-6 success over Les Bleus in Paris so good luck picking a winner in this one. Stay right there for team news and a weather report...it ain't pretty.

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