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Wales Women come up short against Italy

Wales try-scorers Alisha Butchers and Sioned Harries were sin-binned in the contest.

Italy Women claimed their first victory of this season’s Six Nations Championship after subduing Wales 22-15 at the Principality Stadium.

Both of Wales’ try-scorers – flanker Alisha Butchers and number eight Sioned Harries – were sin-binned during the second half as Italy triumphed.

Italy stunned Wales through a try from flanker Isabella Locatelli after just 10 minutes, with centre Michela Sillari’s conversion opening up a seven-point lead.

Wales, though, responded impressively, initially cutting the gap through a Robyn Wilkins penalty and then going ahead when Scarlets flanker Butchers claimed a try from close range.

But they could not break clear in the contest, and Italy regained the initiative on the stroke of half-time through wing Maria Magatti’s touchdown that secured a 12-8 interval advantage.

It gave Italy momentum, and they built on that within 10 minutes of the restart when Padova’s Beatrice Rigoni crossed for a try that opened up a nine-point lead and left Wales with growing problems, especially in terms of conceding territory and possession.

Harries powered in for a try that Wilkins converted to set up a tense finale, but Italy secured the win when Sillari crossed during the dying seconds.

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