SPIRITS are high in the Wales camp ahead of their match with Italy in the Six Nations Summer Series, young Dragons RFC scrum half Morgan Lloyd has said.

Both sides are level on points in Pool B after winning both of their opening games, with tonight’s game acting as a shoot-out for first place.

Byron Hayward’s men have so far defeated Scotland 45-15 and Georgia 30-24 at Stadio Monigo in Treviso.

“Heads are high, we feel we can push on again from the Georgia game,” said Lloyd. “We’re looking forward to that Italian game.

“It was a hard last game, especially against a side like Georgia who are big, physical and good at carrying.

“In the first half we didn’t front up enough, but the first 20 minutes of the second half I felt we did that.

“We saw footage before the game and knew looked a narrow team, so we looked to get outside them and the big forwards.

“We’ve got a good forward pack to play behind, they give us go forward ball. That first period of the second half they had a big impact for us.

“Being behind at half-time isn’t the best position to be in, they lived off our mistakes, but that second period we cut that out and put them under pressure.

“We spoke about physicality and aggression at half-time and we brought that second period.”

Lloyd’s display in the second game won praise from Hayward, who picked him out as the star performer.

“In fairness to Morgan Lloyd I thought he was absolutely outstanding,” he said.

“I’d say he was our man of the match and won us the game. He executed the space behind their defence with the chip over the top for our try just after half-time, and he excited perfectly straight after which put us back into the ascendancy.”