Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

  • Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

Wasps flanker Thomas Young will make his Wales Six Nations debut against Italy on Saturday as one of 10 changes to the side that won in Paris, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. Wales didn't score a try until the 53rd minute and finished with only two.

Italy have beaten Wales at home on two occasions in the Six Nations. We said at half time that we expected Italy would be as tough as they always are in that first half.

Wales coach Warren Gatland conceded his experimental side "got out of jail" against Italy.

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

Italy: 15-Hayward; 14-Padovani, 13-Campagnaro, 12-Morisi, 11-Esposito; 10-Allan, 9-Palazzani; 1-Quaglio, 2-Ghiraldini, 3-Ferrari, 4-Sisi, 5-Budd, 6-Negri, 7-Steyn, 8-Parisse.

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 didn't really get out of jail. We weren't as accurate as we could.

"We were looking at the bigger picture, we wanted to everyone an opportunity to be involved in the first two games", the New Zealander said.

We didn't play as well as we would have liked and part of that was probably due to us not having the continuity that we would have had if we hadn't made so many changes.

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

"I thought the back row were excellent", said Gatland. But we came to a hard place to play rugby and got the result. It sets us up nicely for the England match. "Hopefully we'll go under the radar".

Of the two wins Italy have recorded over Wales, both have come in Rome, in 2003 and 2007.

Josh Adams and Owen Watkin scored a pair of tries after the break but there were too many errors to push for a bonus-point win.

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. It wasn't a great performance, but sometimes you have to win ugly.

Allan struck the post with a chance to reduce the deficit to two at the break but he made no mistake from right in front shortly after the interval.

Laidlaw, Scotland's captain, expressed frustration with referee Romain Poite in a interview after the final whistle.