Six Nations: Italy v Wales
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick off: 16:45 GMT

Wales made a”statement” with success in their Six Nations opener against France, says dual try-scorer George North.

’s side were trailing .

But two North tries helped Wales turn the game on its mind while in the second half to secure a 24-19 success.

“To come outside to Paris on a Friday night at those conditions with a win is really just a great announcement and puts us at a good position,” Scarlets wing North stated.

No team at ten or five Nations history had erased such a things allowance to triumph and Wales’ success extended their unbeaten run.

Saturday the men of gatland next face Italy at Rome and North said they have been awarded a platform to build on by success over France.

“We’ve begun here and we would have wanted a better operation, but we got the win and now we go to Rome having to work on a lot of standards within our camp,” North added.

“We could only take 1 step at the same time, however if we could acquire both our two opening matches afterward it will put us at a wonderful position going into the first fallow week of this Six Nations”

Wales trailed 16-0 at the interval after an error-strewn first 40 moments in they were blown off by an impressive side.

The visitors were accountable for making a raft of missed tackles and errors and a lapse from North saw France’s next try is claimed by Yoann Huget.

Before amassing a life-size interception into touch down once more However, a turn around saw capitalise on a howler from Huget to score.

“I think we all know that at the first half we were well off the pace to get numerous reasons,” North said.

“We knew they’d come out with a lot of passion and plenty of pride, especially staying in the home in the first game.

“But our errors probably allowed them into the game a little bit too much and 16-0 was pretty tough to come in at half-time to.

“I think some times you need to go through that rough spot to really understand what you are about.

“We came in at half time, had any clear messages and we knew we had to get straight back on our gameplan and we all arrived and demonstrated that.

“From the second half we arrived and revealed what we’re about. I believe we’ve still got another couple gears on the planet. We’ve got yet another three or two gears there for sure.”


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