Stand-in captain Gethin Jenkins is hoping it is a case of fourth time lucky when he leads Wales in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Cardiff.
The veteran prop has captained his side on three occasions but has found himself on the losing side each time. Jenkins, who is deputising for Sam Warburton, is confident his side can reverse that trend against Italy. People following the Betfair Italy Six Nations Betting odds will know he has every chance.
“The big emphasis this week has been about believing in ourselves and believing how good we can be if we put a good performance in,” said Jenkins.
“Italy bring their strengths to the game. It is just a case of us imposing ourselves on them, and hopefully we will get the win.”
Three consecutive wins over Ireland, Scotland and England secured the Triple Crown and a victory over Italy would leave Wales one game away from a third Grand Slam in eight years.
The final game of the championship comes against France in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final, but Jenkins is looking no further than the game at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
“Everyone in the public is talking about the Grand Slam, but as a player you just look forward to the next game,” added Jenkins.
“Italy is a big challenge for us – they are always tough and they are the only thing we are concentrating on.”
The Azzurri have failed to win a match in the 2012 Six Nations and have never beaten Wales in Cardiff and fans of rugby betting odds need to remember this.
Should Italy beat high-flying Wales, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the championship. Jenkins will do everything in his power to ensure that does not happen under his watch.