Wales ‘get out of jail’ to beat Italy for 11th straight win

Wales ‘get out of jail’ to beat Italy for 11th straight win

Coach Warren Gatland made 10 changes after the fortuitous win over France in Paris last weekend, and a comfortable win at Stadio Olimpico was on the cards as Dan Biggar kicked them to a 12-point lead in the first half hour.

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

After back-to-back games on the road to start this year's Six Nations, Wales returns home to face England on 24 February (AEDT) while Italy hosts defending Grand Slam champion Ireland the next day.

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But Gatland warned: "Italy will be hurting after last weekend, but they are a different proposition in Rome".

Italy coach Conor O'Shea rued what he believed to be a missed opportunity. We didn't play that well but, as I said to the boys in the changing room, we'll take the win, move on and start thinking about England. It sets us up nicely for the England match.

Scotland was disappointed not to have capitalized on a promising first half, with only a Greig Laidlaw penalty to show for its efforts after the break as handling errors constantly undermined some typically exuberant attacking play. Hopefully, we'll go under the radar, have two good weeks of training and get ourselves mentally and physically right.

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The first half was a battle of attrition with both sides struggling to make any serious ground with the ball in hand.

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.

Centre Jonathan Davies will captain Wales for the first time in a much changed line-up against Italy in Saturday's Six Nations clash in Rome. This is the big game: Italy vs Wales.

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

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

Italy's Angelo Esposito, left, challenges for the ball Wales' Owen Watkin during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

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