20th Feb 2019

u/20 Six Nations – Wales Dominate Against Italy

 

Dragons No 8 Taine Basham scored a hat-trick of tries to steer Wales U20 to a comprehensive 42-12 win over Italy.

Italy came into the game on the back of a rousing win in Scotland in Round 1 and having beaten Wales in Colwyn Bay in last year's fixture. Wales had been beaten in France in their opening match.

Italy was dominated in the first half to such extent that they had to defend for most of the first half with Wales u/20 the aggressor in contact dominating a very competitive Italian side. Wales were never threatened in a game that was dominated by Basham with his bullocking runs and brilliant performance in the back row of the Welsh scrum.
Wales ensured they made the most of their complete dominance to lead 21-0 at the break.

The Italians had come off their defensive line very quickly in the opening half and used the power of their pack to good effect in the second. But the Welsh defenders, particularly Jac Morgan with his foraging on the floor, restricted them to two tries when they threatened many more.

Although Italy recovered sort of from their shock in the first half Wales continued their dominance running out winners with 42-12 at the end of the play.

Head coach of the Azzurrini Fabio Roselli said they knew that this was another kind of match compared to their win in Scotland. He also said that Wales is a very physical side using their size to intimidate. Their defensive system according to him was also very different than that of Scotland the week before.

He further said that Italy must improve their play in the contact area as Wales won more than 20 turnovers on the day.

Scorers:

Wales: Tries: Basham (3), Scragg, Buckland, Davies Conversions: Evans (4), Costelow (2)

Italy: Tries: Mba, Trulla Conversion: Trulla

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