An all-action performance saw Wales No. 8 Josh Navidi deservedly crowned Guinness Six Nations Man of the Match as he played a big role in Wales’ 26-15 triumph over Italy.
The 28-year-old caught the eye as defences came out on top in what was a battle of attrition in Rome.
The back rower’s display was made all the more impressive as his versatility shone through – shifted across to the No. 8 spot after he had dominated proceedings in Paris during Wales’ dramatic triumph over France in Round One.
And it was a decision that was no doubt backed up in the numbers department: Navidi recorded nine crucial tackles as Italy threatened – particularly towards the end of the first half – and carried the ball on seven occasions.
His performance certainly paid dividends, and while Warren Gatland may have said that his side can do better, Navidi’s role at the heart of the back row certainly proved one of the shining lights in Rome, something that the 55-year-old was quick to raise.
“I thought the back row were excellent,” said Gatland.
“I thought Aaron Wainwright was good and obviously Josh Navidi was given man of the match.
“I thought the loose forward trio worked really well together, thought Thomas (Young) was good) – particularly in the first half; I thought he had a strong performance.”