Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Record beckons against England

Record beckons against England

For the same match previous year, Wales made 10 changes and gave the captaincy for the first time to Taulupe Faletau and they won at home by a convincing 38-14.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: "We have made a number of changes, but picked what we think is a very exciting team that still has huge experience throughout it".

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has announced his side to travel to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the second round of Six Nations fixtures.

Italy scored the only try of the first half to trail 12-7 at halftime and Wales didn't score a try until the 53rd minute and finished with only two, but it was enough to notch an 11th successive victory, tying the Welsh record set 109 years ago.

"Italy will be hurting after last weekend", he said.

Italy responded with an Allan break teeing up Padovani's touchdown. Their late comeback against Scotland at Murrayfield last Saturday could not mask another below-par Six Nations display under Conor O'Shea, who has yet to register a win in the tournament since taking over in 2016.

Wales' Liam Williams, top, is tackled by Italy's Luca Morisi during the Six Nations rugby union global between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.


WALES - L Williams; J Holmes, J Davies (capt), O Watkin, J Adams; D Biggar, A Davies; N Smith, E Dee, S Lee; J Ball, A Beard; A Wainwright, T Young, J Navidi.

"We got out of jail. But it was great to show the depth of the squad and we are looking forward to a big match in two weeks' time". We weren't as accurate as we could (be).

"It wasn't a great performance today but sometimes you have to win ugly", said Gatland. Probably part of that is that we didn't have the continuity that we would have if we hadn't made so many changes.

That won't matter to them, though, after starting the championship with two wins away from home before returning to Cardiff to face title rivals England in two weeks.

Gatland added: "It is a great opportunity for Jon (Davies) as captain".

Wales, who beat France in their opening match, dominated possession but scored only two tries in a performance unlikely cause many concerns for their next opponents, England.

Italy players celebrate after Italy's Abraham Steyn scores a try during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

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