Dragons RFC wing Rio Dyer and Cardiff Rugby duo Liam Williams and Taulupe Faletau, who are all set to play in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16, scored tries for Wales as they secured their first win of the 2023 Six Nations Championship with a 29-17 victory over Italy in Rome on Saturday.
After Wales fly-half Owen Williams opened the scoring with a penalty in the fifth minute, wing Dyer notched Wales’ first try three minutes later when he latched on a kick behind Italy’s defence. Williams converted.
Cardiff full-back Liam Williams followed Dyer over in the 17th minute, weaving his way through a number of missed tackles before stretching over the line for an unconverted try. A penalty try for the visitors before the break earned Wales a 22-3 halftime lead.
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Benetton Rugby flanker Sebastian Negri got Italy off to a flying start in the second 40 with a converted try, but the comeback was short-lived when Cardiff No.8 Faletau scored to secure Wales’ bonus point in the 49th minute.
Although Benetton centre Juan Ignaxio Brex notched a converted try in the 67th minute, it was only a consolation effort.
Dragons, Cardiff and Benetton all feature in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 on April 1, with Dragons travelling to Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff hosting Sale Sharks and Benetton welcoming Connacht Rugby.