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Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 11:42 GMT
Welsh record-breakers stroll home

Quinnell charges over for a record-equalling score
Wales 47-16 Italy

Neil Jenkins broke two more international rugby records as the home side bounced back from their French defeat in style.

This win was comfortable their heaviest over Italy on home soil while Scott Quinnell also got in on the record-breaking act with a sixth try for his country.

Six Nations Championship
His score meant he had drawn level with three others as the most prolific Welsh forward in the country's history.

Debutant Shane Williams marked his first start in the red shirt by scoring a try on the stroke of half-time.

Allan Bateman and Shane Howarth added to the Italian woes in the second period.

The Italians responded with a try from Wilhemus Visser, while Diego Dominguez proved his kicking quality.

His 100% record came from just three attempts while he also scored his fourth drop goal of the Six Nations championship.
Jenkins's new records
Most Five/Six Nations points in history, first man to pass 300 in championship
World record haul for a single team to add to overall Wales/Lions record
But yet again it will be Jenkins who will claim the headlines after breaking two of the international rugby records not yet his own.

Gavin Hastings' mark of 287 Five Nations points was passed in the fourth minute.

Less than half an hour had gone when the Cardiff star passed the previous record for a single team.

Jenkins' previous record had included points for the British Lions, but with his fifth kick of this match he also passed Michael Lynagh's old mark with points scored solely for Wales.

The first half hour of the game was a kicking duel between Jenkins and Dominguez, who suffered from a lack of opportunities compared to his rival.

Although Jenkins missed his first kick, he was deadly with the second to pass Hastings' haul.

Jenkins scored 27 points and did not shirk defensive responsibilities
Dominguez responded with a superb drop goal and then a penalty as his country briefly led on 10 minutes.

But Italian indiscipline offered a series of chances to Jenkins, all taken, to leave Wales leading by 15-6 after 26 minutes.

Italian skipper Alessandro Troncon was giving a stern lecture by referee Iain Ramage for his side's constant infringements, mostly offside.

And while there was an improvement in the Italians' discipline, it did not stop Welsh piling on the points, with a series of tries started by Quinnell.

Scott's brother Craig was the man who passed to the Llanelli prop to charge over for his 28th-minute score, a fine piece of work by the Welsh forwards.

Jenkins put the conversion attempt just wide, and Dominguez responded with another penalty after the first concerted spell of Italian pressure.

Williams (left) enjoyed his debut
But Jenkins was equal to that with two more successful kicks, the second to convert Williams' try.

The Neath wing made his debut a dream one when he ran over, finger pointing to the sky.

It followed some patient build-up from from the Welsh and Mark Taylor's pass to the outside.

The Welsh oozed confidence after the break, with Jenkins making it 33-9 with another penalty three minutes into the half.

Robert Howley's surging run set up an attack which saw man of the match Scott Quinnell just a yard short of a second score.

But there was no stopping Wales as Craig Quinnell, Peter Rogers and Thomas combined to give Bateman a gap to run through.

He scored his eighth try for his country after missing the French defeat with injury.

Bateman drives through a well-worked gap
His return, and Craig Quinnell's, had been crucial in the Welsh improvement throughout.

Jenkins converted from the touchline, and with a 40-9 lead the Welsh were slightly guilty of complacency.

They allowed Visser to run straight through a massive hole from a line out and score a converted try.

But Wales responded to the Italian comeback with another fine try as Jenkins and Taylor combined to send Howarth racing over for his fourth try for Wales.

Jenkins converted to take his points tally to 27 before making way for the final minutes to give Llanelli's Stephen Jones valuable experience.

Teams

Wales: S Howarth (Newport); G Thomas (Cardiff), M Taylor (Swansea), A Bateman (Northampton), S Williams (Neath); N Jenkins (Cardiff), R Howley (Cardiff); P Rogers (Newport), G Jenkins (Swansea), D Young (Cardiff, capt), C Quinnell (Cardiff), C Wyatt (Llanelli), G Lewis (Pontypridd), B Sinkinson (Neath), S Quinnell (Llanelli).
Replacements: D James (Llanelli), S Jones (Llanelli), R Smith (Ebbw Vale), C Charvis (Swansea), M Voyle (Cardiff), S John (Cardiff), B Williams (Bristol).

Italy:Matt Pini (Narbonne); Cristian Stoica (Narbonne), Luca Martin (Begles-Bordeaux), Marco Rivaro (London Irish), Dennis Dallan (Treviso); Diego Dominguez (Stade Francais), Alessandro Troncon (Montferrand, capt); Massimo Cuttitta (Calvisano), Alessandro Moscardi (Treviso), Tino Paoletti (Piacenza), Giuseppe Lanzi (Calvisano), Andrea Gritti (Treviso), Carlo Checchinato (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Padova), Vilhelmus Visser (Treviso).
Replacements: Carlo Orlandi (Rovigo), Alejandro Moreno (Agen), Laurent Travini (Dax), Aaron Persico (Viadana), Matteo Mazzantini (Treviso), Andrea Scanavacca (Rovigo), Juan Sebastian Francesio (Viadana).

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