Scotland's livewire fullback Stuart Hogg and Ireland's flyhalf and world player of the year Jonathan Sexton each limped off in a close first half that ended with Ireland leading 12-10 after tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale.
"We lost a couple of opportunities in the second half, but the team was still fighting and scored a try in the end". The 99-year-old tournament record became theirs outright last weekend in Edinburgh.
ITALY - J Hayward; E Padovani, M Campagnaro, L Morisi, A Esposito; T Allan, G Palazzani; N Quaglio, L Ghiraldini, S Ferrari; D Sisi, D Budd; S Negri, A Jurgens Steyn, S Parisse.
Wales' Liam Williams, top, is tackled by Italy's Luca Morisi during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.
Wales' winning streak started against Italy in the 2018 Six Nations.
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"Italy will be hurting after last weekend but they are a different proposition in Rome". We wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.
We didn't play as well as we would have liked and part of that was probably due to us not having the continuity that we would have had if we hadn't made so many changes.
That won't matter to them, though, after starting the championship with two wins away from home before returning to Cardiff to face title rivals England in two weeks.
"You're not always brilliant and we weren't. It should be a tasty one", Davies, captaining the side for the first time on his 70th appearance, told ITV Sport.
Wales, who beat France in their opening match, dominated possession but scored only two tries in a performance unlikely cause many concerns for their next opponents, England. We didn't play that well but, as I said to the boys in the changing room, we'll take the win, move on and start thinking about England.
Italy players celebrate after Italy's Abraham Steyn scores a try during the Six Nations rugby union global between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.