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Saturday, 19 February, 2000, 21:26 GMT
Try-scorer Williams celebrates debut

I'm there! Williams celebrates his try before he touches down
The entire Welsh camp was delighted with their 47-16 win over Italy, and nobody more so than debutant try-scorer Shane Williams.

The Neath wing celebrated his first full cap by scoring the second of four Wales tries, just before half-time.

"I was feeling a lot less nervous than when I was a replacement against France," he admitted afterwards.

It has set us up for what should be a tremendous game against England at Twickenham in two weeks' time

David Pickering
"To tell the truth I didn't have many nerves at all today.

"As soon as I was on the pitch and the anthems were underway they just seemed to drift away.

"All the boys were talking me through the game and I just enjoyed it and hopefully there will be more to come. The try sealed a perfect day."

It came after a patient move on the Welsh left, although Williams' recollection of the incident extended only to the final two moments.

"All I can remember is Mark Taylor feeding me the ball and then seeing the line in front of me," he said.

"But it certainly sealed great day for me. We may not have got the ball as wide as much as we would have liked but I still saw a fair amount.

Shane Howarth powers over for the fourth try
Wales team manager David Pickering was equally happy after the team bounced back in style from defeat at home to France.

"This victory will have given the squad a lot of confidence and they must be congratulated for the way that they prepared for this match against the Italians," said Pickering.

"It was a real test of character because it is easy to continue once you are on the road of success but we had a kick in the teeth when we played France."

Pickering believed that the Welsh were now ready to go to the home of the Six Nations' leaders and put on a good performance.

"It says a lot about the character and determination of everyone involved to do their best for Wales and turn things around," he said.

"It has set us up for what should be a tremendous game against England at Twickenham in two weeks' time."

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