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Wales defeated in opening RLWC2013 game

26th October 2013, 19:54

Wales defeated in opening RLWC2013 game

Wales began RLWC2013 with a 32-16 loss to an Italian side packed with stars from the NRL at the Opening Ceremony in Cardiff.

Ryan Gould at The Millenium Stadium


Wales began RLWC2013 with a 32-16 loss to an Italian side packed with stars from the NRL at the Opening Ceremony in Cardiff.


After a great start to the tournament with Australia edging out England in an end-to-end tie, this second installment followed suit for the first hour.


But Italy’s kicking game, which was far superior to Wales’ and put the Dragons under severe pressure in the second half, cracked their hosts as they ran away with the game in the final quarter.


Wales went close early on when, after Matt Seamark had chipped over the Italy line, Ian Webster had a further hack at the ball but couldn't collect.


And The Azzurri made their hosts pay for the lost opportunity; Aidan Guerra showed great strength to cross down the left after Paul Vaughan had set up field position with a break.


It didn't take long for Wales to get back into the tie, however, as a neat kick from Lloyd White, which skimmed along The Millennium turf, confused the Italian defence and Ben Evans pounced on the ball for a four-pointer.


The hosts thought they were in again just minutes later as Elliott Kear broke clear to score, but the video referee ruled the score out for a ball steal on Cameron Ciraldo in the build-up.


Italy then had an effort of their own referred to the video referee when Aidan Guerra squeezed over in similar fashion to his first score – but that was given the green light by Shayne Hayne.


Joshua Mantellato then notched on an extra two points after a penalty for obstruction to give his side a slender lead heading into the break.


The Dragons came out for the second half full of fire and, after Elliot Kear leaped high to collect White’s kick and touched down in the corner, it looked as though the Italians were really going to have to fight to keep their lead.


However, those were Wales’ final points of the game and Italy replied almost immediately through a Josh Mantellato effort in the right corner.


Official man-of-the match Mantellato was also involved in Italy’s fourth try, which began a ten-minute period where they really turned on the pace, as he collected Falcone’s high bomb to the corner and offloaded out to Tedesco to slide over.


Just two minutes later and Aidan Guerra was in on the act again; he hit the line and spun an out-the-door pass to Chirs Centrone, who was in acres of space out wide and cut inside to ground next to the posts.


And Mark Minichiello capped off an impressive victory, which was also a slightly harsh reflection of Wales’ performance, for The Azzurri’s in their first ever World Cup clash on the hooter.


1 Rhys Evans
2 Elliot Kear
3 Rhodri Lloyd
4 Ian Webster
5 Rhys Williams
6 Lloyd White
7 Matt Seamark
8 Craig Kopczak
9 Neil Budworth
10 Ben Flower
11 Ben Evans
12 Tyson Frizell
13 Larne Patrick
14 Gil Dudson
15 Peter Lupton
16 Jordan James
17 Jacob Emmitt


1 Anthony Minichiello
2 Joshua Mantellato
3 James Tedesco
4 Aidan Guerra
5 Chris Centrone
6 Ben Falcone
7 Ryan Ghietti
8 Anthony Laffranchi
9 Dean Parata
10 Paul Vaughan
11 Mark Minichiello
12 Cameron Ciraldo
13 Joel Rieithmuller
14 Roy Nasso
15 Sam Gardel
16 Ryan Tramonte
17 Brendan Santi


Referee: Ashley Klein
HT: 12-14
Attendance: 45,052
Wales MOTM: Tyson Frizell - the second rower put in another impressive performance in a Wales shirt with his big hits and runs.