Wales scraps to success over Italy

Jonny May was in excellent form for England against Ireland

Wales equalled their century-old national record for consecutive wins after overcoming a plucky Italy side 26-15 in the Six Nations on Sunday (NZT). We wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.

We've got a chance, we're at home, the stadium will be full and it'll be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium. "We'll probably speak about it before England".

"We got out of jail".

From that point, a lot of people will look to criticise us but you have to give Italy some credit for how they played. We weren't as accurate as we could (be).

"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.

"There's no regret. We're two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England". "There are lots of things we need to improve on for England".

Despite Wales dominating territory and possession for the first 30 minutes, it was Italy who scored the first try.

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.

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Just in case Wales struggle, the reserves feature regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones, No. 8 Ross Moriarty, scrumhalf Gareth Davies, and flyhalf Gareth Anscombe, who all started in the 24-19 win in Paris.

Italy's two tries came from Braam Steyn and Edoardo Padovani.

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.

Italy followed their 33-20 loss to Scotland in Murrayfield by extending their losing streak in the competition going back to February 2015.

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.

"It's bloody hard. We have the ability, but when you don't have the confidence it's difficult".

"So there will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record".

But, seven months out from the World Cup in Japan, Gatland was satisfied to be heading back to Cardiff - and a date with England in a fortnight - with two wins in the bag.

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