Jamie Roberts says Wales forwards were the heroes of victory over Italy in Rome

Last Updated: 25/02/13 12:16pm

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Wales forward Ryan Jones takes the fight to Italy

Wales forward Ryan Jones takes the fight to Italy

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Centre Jamie Roberts heaped praise on Wales' forwards for out-scrummaging Italy in Rome.

The 26-9 victory over the Azzurri keeps Wales in Six Nations title contention, and although backs Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert scored the tries, Roberts says the pack men were the real heroes.

"Our scrum was outstanding. Adam Jones was magnificent, as were Gethin Jenkins and 'Hibbs' (hooker Richard Hibbard). I take my hat off to the forwards - they worked so hard.

"Tight games are often decided by things like a bounce of the ball, but we got our just reward.

"Defensively we were strong as well. The communication was good. We've been doing a lot of hard work with (defence coach) Shaun Edwards, and not to concede a try away to Italy is an achievement."

Wales go to Murrayfield next on March 9 and victory there is likely to set up a title showdown with England, who host Italy next.

Jenkins a magnificent match in Rome, outscrummaging the great Martin Castrogiovanni, and a calf muscle injury could make him a doubt for Murrayfield.

Roberts added: "It was great to win and it sets us up to face a much-improved Scotland side at Murrayfield in a couple of weeks.

"We would like to have played an expansive game, but we couldn't in those conditions, and I thought we adapted our game well and fronted-up well.

"The game seemed to hinge on Jonathan Davies' try. It swung things in our favour and it really did prove to be pivotal."

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