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Six Nations: Rob Howley praised his team for adapting to tough conditions

Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:49pm

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Wales coach Rob Howley was impressed with his side's 26-9 win over Italy in difficult conditions at the Stadio Olimpico.

Torrential rain made for a treacherous encounter for the reigning Six Nations champions but they coped admirably and second-half tries from Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert saw Wales home.

"I am very pleased," Wales' interim head coach Howley said. "We adapted really well to the conditions and the deluge. We showed patience and composure and we took our opportunities.

"Our scrum was very impressive and gave us the platform. International rugby is about fine margins, and it was testament to the attitude of the players today and their application in difficult conditions.

"The adaptability of the team is very good, and they were once again very well led by Ryan (Jones)."

Skipper Jones said: "The first half was tough. The conditions had a huge impact on the way both teams played, but our game-management was excellent," skipper Jones said.

"All 23 players showed composure and maturity. It was a good day at the office in the scrum - there are six very happy front-row forwards in our changing room.

"The attitude was superb. You can never question that. We dug really deep today, and it showed in the way we played."

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