‘This was for our fans’ – Lydiate

Date published: March 19 2016

Wales have dedicated their record 67-14 Six Nations final round victory over Italy in Cardiff on Saturday to their fans.

Warren Gatland's men finished the 2016 Six Nations on a high outscoring Italy by nine tries to two.

Dan Lydiate – temporarily taking over the captaincy from Sam Warburton – stated that their emphatic victory was for their loyal supporters.

"We are still disappointed with last week and we owed it to the fans," Lydiate told the BBC.

"We still gave away some soft tries but the boys played their hearts out and I couldn't ask for anything else from them.

"Two bad halves of rugby let us down in this championship and let's hope we learn from that and we never start again like we did in the first game and against England," he said.

Playing in his first Six Nations, Ross Moriarty crossed the whitewash on two occasions. The 21-year-old flanker was understandably delighted with his performance.

"Two tries, I couldn't ask for anything better for myself," he said.

The Gloucester flank replaced Justin Tipuric following a head injury and he has since been taken to hospital. Gatland sang the praises of the replacement back-row, pleased with Moriarty's influence and work-rate.

"Justin Tipuric has been taken into hospital tonight but only as a precautionary measure so should be alright," Gatland confirmed.

"Ross made a great impact when he came on and we know that he offers us something different."