Friday 15 December 2017

Byrne glad of second chance

Wales 30
Italy 10

Lee Byrne has revealed he feared the selection axe for Wales' successful Italian job after his yellow-card calamity at Croke Park.

Byrne justified Wales coach Warren Gatland's decision to stick with him by playing a starring role in the second-half demolition of Italy. And the Lions full-back admitted he was just relieved to have been involved as Wales powered home at the Millennium Stadium.

"I let myself down last week, but the coaches stuck by me and I wanted to put in a performance," Byrne said. "It was nice to come away smiling."

Wales scored three tries in 17 minutes either side of the hour mark as James Hook claimed a double and Shane Williams collected his 51st Test touchdown.

Wales -- L Byrne; T Prydie, J Hook, J Roberts (T Shanklin 63), S Williams; S Jones (A Bishop 69), W Phillips (D Peel 69); G Jenkins, M Rees (P James 63), A Jones (H Bennett 63), B Davies (I Gough 14), L Charteris, J Thomas, S Warburton, R Jones (G Delve 66).

Italy -- L McLean; P Robertson, G Canale, G Garcia, M Bergamasco; C Gower, P Canavosio (T Tebaldi 24, R Bocchino 63); S Perugini (M Vosawai 54), L Ghiraldini (F Ongaro 64), M Castrogiovanni, Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami (V Bernabo 72), J Sole (M Aguero 54), M Bergamasco, A Zanni.

Ref -- W Barnes (RFU).

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