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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 17:05 GMT
Williams yearns for 'vital' win
Wales winger Shane Williams
Williams says Wales will sacrifice style for a victory
Shane Williams says Wales will settle for any kind of victory against Italy in Rome on Saturday to end this season's RBS Six Nations rut.

"The win is vital and all-important. If we win 3-0 we'll be happy," he said.

"A win would give us a massive confidence boost going into the last game against England.

"It will be difficult to task to beat Italy, especially in Rome, because they are getting better with every game. But we're confident we can do it."

Wales showed signs of improvement by outscoring France three tries to two in last month's defeat in Paris.

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But poor discipline, which has been a trait of this season's campaign, cost Wales dear and Williams says they have been working on keeping the penalty count down to a minimum.

"We gave away far too many penalties in areas where we could be punished in," said Williams.

"We gave [France fly-half] David Skrela too many opportunities to kick at goal which meant they scored a lot of points through his boot.

"At this level you can't afford to do that because you've got some world-class kickers kicking against you.

"We lost a bit of momentum after starting the game well and let France back into it, but hopefully we've learned from those mistakes."

Four years ago, Wales slid to their first defeat to the Azzurri and were condemned to the wooden spoon just months before the World Cup.

Another Six Nations whitewash looms in World Cup year as they head back to the Stadio Flaminio to face an Italian side high on confidence following their away win in Scotland.

Winger Mark Jones played in the 30-22 defeat four years ago and says he is determined not to experience another such low.

"We didn't really control our own ball on the day, there were a couple of opportunities we didn't take and Italy put up tremendous defence on the day," he said.

"It was the first time we had lost to Italy and it was a disappointing day.

"A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then - I've had two knee reconstructions - but there are guys here like Tom Shanklin who were involved in that game.

"We don't want to allow anything like that to happen again."




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