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Saturday 16 December 2017

Williams: First job is to secure victory

LIAM WILLIAMS insists there is "no pressure" on Wales when they target a memorable comeback triumph in this season's RBS 6 Nations title race.

Just six weeks after losing at home to England following a second-half implosion when they failed to score a point, Wales could be crowned Six Nations champions for the third time in four years today.

The odds, though, are against them, given their inferior points difference compared with leaders England and second-placed Ireland.

Wales, realistically, need to secure a landslide win against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in the opening game of so-called 'Super Saturday', and hope it is enough, but a victory of any description would suffice if France topple England at Twickenham and Scotland see off Murrayfield visitors Ireland.

Wales did it the hard way two years ago, being beaten by Ireland before reeling off successive victories over France, Italy and Scotland, then crushing England by a record-breaking 30-3 scoreline to take the title.

"The first priority for us is to get the win," Wales wing Williams said.

"Hopefully, we will be able to stick some points on them in the second-half, but before we do anything we need to come out on the right side of the scoreboard.

"In the first-half, we will kick our goals, then after the break we will see if it's okay to open up.

"There is no pressure on us. We are on first to play, we will go out there, do the business and then sit back and watch the other matches.

"It would be huge (to win the title) for Wales, heading towards the World Cup.

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"But we know a lot of things need to happen for that to come to pass. All we can do is try to do our bit against Italy, and then keep our fingers crossed."

Wales put themselves in the silverware mix courtesy of a stunning win against Ireland last weekend, when their stirring defensive performance was highlighted by Williams and company setting a new Six Nations record of 250 tackles.

Attacking-wise, Wales have scored five tries in four games - all by backs, but none from wings Williams and George North - with full-back Leigh Halfpenny contributing more than 50 of their points through his precision goal-kicking.

ITALY v WALES, LIVE RTé2/BBC1, TODAY, (12.30)

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