Warren Gatland focusing on Wales' bigger picture

Jonathan Davies

Italy extended its own record streak with a 19th straight defeat in the Six Nations since 2015.

"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. What are the betting odds looking like for Italy Vs Wales, Six Nations 2019? This is the big game: Italy vs Wales.

Coach Warren Gatland made 11 changes after the fortuitous win over France in Paris last weekend, trying to build experience in a Rugby World Cup year.

And it was Italy who scored the first points of the second 40, with kicker Tommaso Allan boosting Italy's tally to 10 from the tee.

"We got out of jail". I don't think it ever looked like we were going to lose the game, but we weren't as accurate as we could have been.

We're two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England and this sets us up nicely for that match.

That Wales finished with its least points and tries in Rome in six years didn't worry Gatland, who was far more satisfied with starting the championship with two wins away from home before returning to Cardiff to face title rival England in two weeks.

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.

Stand-in captain Jonathan Davies was frustrated. 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. "Hopefully we'll go under the radar".

In the day's other match, in Edinburgh, Ireland got its campaign back on track with a pulsating 22-13 victory over Scotland.

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.

But it didn't all fall in favour of the Welsh side, as Italy powered to the try line just before the break to score the game's first five-pointer as Braam Steyn touched down following an Italian line out.

Right at the end, Wales flanker Thomas Young was denied a try on debut when a forward pass was caught in the buildup.

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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