Wales scraped to a 20-15 win over Italy this afternoon at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome thanks to a late try from Tom Shanklin. Warren Gatland's team were trailing going into the last ten minutes after a spirited performance from the home side.
There had been much written during the week about Italy's lack of progress in the Six Nations, but today's performance should go a long way to silence the doubters with Gatland's decision to field a weakened side, especially in the pack, almost backfiring.
Shane Williams dotted down for Wales in the first half after a lovely break from James Hook, but Wales struggled to play with any fluidity. Italian captain Sergio Parisse was the best player on the park by a country mile again proving that he is one of the best players in the Six Nations.