Wales picks up 11th straight win

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 12, 2019

Wales have won their last 11 meetings with Italy in the Six Nations, scoring an average of 36 points per game.

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

But a comfortable win at Stadio Olimpico was on the cards as Dan Biggar kicked Wales to a 12-point lead in the first half hour.

"It is a great opportunity for Jon as captain".

Italy though strengthened their defence and managed to reduce the arrears to five points before the break with Braam Steyn racing over as he dived from close range for the opening try of the game and Tommaso Allan slotted the conversion as teams ended the first half with a 7-12 scoreline.

Wales' 26-15 victory equalled the longest unbeaten run in their 138-year Test match history, making it 11 successive victories and matching the sequence set between 1907 and 1910.

"I think there was a lot of frustration", Davies said, remarking that Wales had failed to generate enough points despite dominating territory and Italy giving up 11 penalties, nearly twice the number handed to the visitors.

Among those who started the win over France, only Davies, Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Josh Navidi and Adam Beard are in the XV to play Italy in Rome.

Gatland said Italy, who lost away to Scotland in their first match, would be a different proposition on home soil.

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Then Italy struck from an attacking lineout as Dean Budd and captain Sergio Parisse surged.

"I was looking at the bigger picture", said Gatland, as he prepares for the World Cup in Japan.

Davies saw a try ruled out for a knock-on but the game was effectively put to bed 10 minutes from time as Watkin gathered Gareth Anscombe's dink over the top to dot down, rendering Padovani's fine late score academic.

The son of Wasps rugby director and former Wales prop Dai Young, Thomas Young has impressed in the English Premiership this season.

Italy's Sergio Parisse, right, wins a lineout over Wales' Aaron Wainwright during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

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Such is the confidence running through the veins of the Welsh camp, their head coach proudly proclaimed his players had "forgotten how to lose" after their dramatic second-half revival against France last Friday.

Today, that is Saturday, 9 February.

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