There was a beautiful moment involving Wales wing Josh Adams and Italy’s Ange Capuozzo in the aftermath of Saturday’s Six nations clash.
Wales were left stunned by the Italians, who sealed their first Six Nations victory since 2015 with a last-gasp 22-21 win at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Italy, who had lost their previous 36 Six Nations fixtures, won the match at the death thanks to Paolo Garbisi’s conversion with the final kick of the game after Edoardo Padovani has scored a dramatic late try.
Adams had already been named Man of the Match before Italy’s stunning late comeback but the 26-year-old showed incredible sportsmanship by offering his medal to Capuozzo, whose sprint led to Italy’s decisive try.
“We heard Jonathan Davies got Josh Adams Man of the Match, just moments before Capuozzo’s incredible break, and look at this beautiful moment where Adams gives it to Capuozzo,” BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan said. “He receives that looking very emotional at the presentation of that to him.
“I’m sure Jonathan Davies would endorse that as well if he could change his decision.”
Watch the footage here:
What a lovely gesture.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 19, 2022
Welsh try-scorer Josh Adams was given the man of the match award just before Italy's incredible comeback.
He handed the honour over to Ange Capuozzo at the final whistle 👏#WALITA reaction: https://t.co/CZ7xLhevwP#BBCRugby #SixNations pic.twitter.com/sXjha5HWfw
That’s one of the finest moments of sportsmanship that we’ll see in any sport in 2022. Brilliant stuff.
Let’s check out some of the reaction from social media:
Josh Adams on Wales losing to Italy
Reflecting on Wales’ defeat, Adams told S4C’s Clwb Rygbi after the match: “I’m gutted.
“I don’t know what to say, we weren’t good enough.
“I’m just really disappointed we couldn’t get the win for Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar.
“Discipline was one of our big problems, we gave away a lot of penalties in the first and second half.
“We talked a lot before the game about starting quickly, and we didn’t start quickly.
“We have to respect Italy, they’re a really good team and they deserved to win today.
“I’m really gutted, really gutted.”
But Adams still managed to end the day as a hero in the eyes of many thanks to his wholesome gesture to Capuozzo.