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RHODRI LLOYD PLEASED WITH PREP FOR ITALY QUALIFIER

25th October 2016, 15:10

RHODRI LLOYD PLEASED WITH PREP FOR ITALY QUALIFIER

Wales have "learned a lot" from their 16-16 and want to bounce back against Italy on Saturday, according to Rhodri Lloyd

Wales have "learned a lot" from their 16-16 draw with Jamaica and will look to bounce back against Italy, according to Rhodri Lloyd. 

 

John Kear's men face Italy, who beat Serbia 62-14 last weekend, in Monza on Saturday in their final 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier. 

 

After a 50-0 win over Serbia in their opening qualification match, Wales produced a below-par performance when they faced Jamaica in a international warm-up fixture.

 

And Lloyd, who made his Wales debut at 17 and has 11 caps to his name to date, wants the squad to put the performance behind them.

 

"We've looked at our performance on Friday and it was a tough one to take really," he said. 

 

"We're off our high horse now; I think we thought we were better than we actually were.

 

"You win some and you lose some, so we've now got to concentrate on Italy and, hopefully, we can dig in there and get a similar performance to what we produced against Serbia.

 

"The boys have dug deep this week and worked hard in training."

 

Having made his debut back in 2010, the Swinton Lions forward has featured in a number of international campaigns for The Dragons. 

 

And the 23-year-old reckons that Saturday's Qualifier is the biggest match since the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

 

Lloyd said: "The game is massive and we probably owe them a bit of revenge because of what happened in our own backyard in Cardiff [in the 2013 World Cup].

 

"It's going to be a tough game. We're very similar in quality and I'm sure it'll be good game to go and watch. 

 

"If a few fans can get out there, that'd be good for us as well."