Wales vs. Italy: Score and Lessons Learned from Six Nations Clash

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Wales vs. Italy: Score and Lessons Learned from Six Nations Clash
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It wasn't the simple drubbing that many might have been expecting for this year's Six Nations opener, but Warren Gatland's Wales side had enough to start their title defence with a 23-15 win over Italy on Saturday.

At the end of the day, though, the Welsh will be happy just to have begun their 2014 with a win on the board, setting them in the right direction to see off the bigger upcoming examinations.

Jacques Brunel's men, who began the 2013 competition with a shock win over France, were unable to show quite the same initiative at the first time of asking 12 months on, but the lessons were aplenty for both teams, for better or for worse.

Read on for a breakdown of Saturday's rapturous start to the 2014 Six Nations, as well as some of the bigger talking points produced by the Welsh triumph.

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