Wales defeated Italy 26-9 in the last match of the Six Nations tournament to avoid finishing the tournament at the bottom of the table. Italy, however, showed some exciting play during the match, building from their first game against France, where they put up a good fight, and causing Ireland some problems in their last encounter. Wales, on the other hand, had a difficult tournament, losing to Ireland, England, and Scotland.
In the match, Wales dominated the first half, scoring two tries and a penalty try, while Italy’s lone points came from three penalties. Wales’ Taulupe Faletau scored his first try in almost five years, while George North scored his first international try since moving to outside centre.
Despite Italy’s loss, they managed to avoid the wooden spoon for the first time in eight years, while Wales finished in fifth place. In a tournament dominated by France and Ireland, who finished first and second respectively, Wales failed to shine, scoring only five tries in their five games. Italy, however, showed some signs of progress, with their attacking play improving throughout the tournament.
The Six Nations tournament is considered one of the most prestigious rugby events, and the 2023 tournament will be even more special as it coincides with the Rugby World Cup, which will take place in France. All Six Nations teams will be preparing for the World Cup, which will take place in September and October 2023.