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Basham - Italy game now 'must win'

04/02/2019

Dragons ace Taine Basham admits the next game for Wales Under-20s against Italy is ‘must win’ – after an encouraging display against reigning World Under 20 champions France.

Basham admits Wales are itching to get back into action in Italy this weekend after their 32-10 opening Six Nations defeat against France in Vannes.

Wales briefly led 7-3 in the first half and looked set to go into the break at 10-10 before the French struck on the stroke of half-time.

A third try eight minutes into the second half moved them clear and a fourth in the last move of the match earned them a bonus-point.

But Wales emerged with huge credit from the way they went toe-to-toe with the current Six Nations champions.

"We matched them physically and I think we shocked them a bit. But a few individual errors, myself included, let them back into the game," said Basham, who fought out a great duel with his highly rated opposite number, Jordan Joseph of Racing 92.

"We can be proud of that first-half performance. The next game is a must win game for us now and we owe Italy one after they beat us in Wrexham last year."

We can be proud of that first-half performance. The next game is a must win game for us now and we owe Italy one after they beat us in Wrexham last year...
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