Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) kicks and scores a penalty during their Six Nations rugby match against Italy.

Rome – Defending champions Wales overwhelmed Italy 26-9 in torrential rain in the third round of the Six Nations championship on Saturday with Man of the Match Leigh Halfpenny kicking 16 points.

Fullback Halfpenny missed only one kick in the difficult conditions while centre Jonathan Davies and right wing Alex Cuthbert scored second-half tries.

Italian captain Martin Castrogiovanni, taking over from the suspended Sergio Parisse, was sent to the sin bin in the second half after being shown a yellow card.

Wales now have two wins from three matches while Italy, who upset France in the first round, have lost twice. – Reuters