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Howley hails Wales' adaptability

23rd February 2013 19:27


SKY_MOBILE Robert Howley - Wales

Rob Howley: Praised his troops

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley paid tribute to his charges after their 26-9 win over Italy in difficult conditions in Rome on Saturday.

Despite torrential rain, the Six Nations champions coped well and sealed the win with second half tries from Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert.

"I am very pleased," 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)."

Captain Jones said his side made the most of the weather which had a major effect on their style of play.

"The first half was tough," he explained.

"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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