Oct 26, 2013 at 4.30pm UK at ​Millennium Stadium
Wales
16-32
Italy

Result: Italy stun Wales in World Cup opener

Wales lose their opening game at the Rugby League World Cup 32-16 to Italy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Italy produced a strong second half to secure a 32-16 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in their opening game of the Rugby League World Cup this evening.

Italy's Aidan Guerra celebrates with his team after scoring the opening try against Wales during their World Cup match on October 26, 2013© Getty Images

Italy made a bright start to the match, as some fast-paced play resulted in two tries for Aiden Guerra in the opening period, but replies from Ben Evans and Rhodri Lloyd left the host nation just two points down at the break.

Elliot Kear gave Wales the lead for the first time at the start of the second half, hauling in a cross-field kick to ground the ball in the corner.

However, the lead was short-lived, as Josh Mantellato picks up an offload from James Tedesco, breaking off two tackles to reach the try line.

Italy were able to up their game late in the match as they tried to seal the win, resulting in tried for Tedesco and Chris Centrone, leaving Wales needing two tries inside the last nine minutes.

Wales had to defend hard in the final minutes as the Azzuri looked to increase their score, and they found a gap in the dying seconds, allowing Mark Minichiello to make it six tries for the Italians.

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