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Lane pleased with progress as Italian double looms

19th February 2018

Owen Lane was delighted to complete a double against teams above Cardiff Blues in the Guinness PRO14 table and has now cast an eye on an Italian job.

The wing, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Arms Park, claimed one of his side’s three tries as they followed up a triumph over Toyota Cheetahs with victory over Munster.

They travel to Parma to face Zebre next before welcoming Benetton Treviso to the Welsh capital on March 2.

“It’s massive for us and boys were pretty over the moon,” said Lane.

“The Cheetahs was a big one for us, we knew they were ahead of us in the table so we wanted to look up and try to get the win over them. 

“Then Munster are on a good run of form, one of the top teams in Europe so for us to get that double win is massive.

“I was pleased with the try, I didn’t have much to do just run and catch it. It was a good nudge from Rey and I was happy to get on the end of it.

“We were enjoying it out there and when we’re on top we’re a team that loves to attack. We were happy to pull those tries together and put that pressure on Munster but looking at the second half we started slow, which we can’t afford to do so there are always points to work on.

“It’s a different kind of challenge for us going into those Italian games now and Zebre have just pulled off a good win against Connacht. We’re looking towards those games now, we will have a nice rest and recover and then the game on Sunday.”

Lane and his back three partners Rhun Williams and Aled Summerhill have all been singled out for praise following their performances in the last two weeks.

And the Wales U20s and Sevens international was particularly pleased for his housemate Williams, who has overcome a succession of injuries in the last 10 months.

After scoring his try he celebrated with Williams with a personal homage to both his housemates and an aunty fighting cancer.

He added: “Me and Rhun have that handshake and it was a personal one for me, I have an aunty who is battling cancer so it was a little homage to her and the handshake just a nod to the boys in the house.

“There’s seven of us but they all watch the games and love rugby!

“But it’s good to see Rhun back. Obviously I live with him so I’ve gone through the trials and tribulations of him coming back from injury. 

“People on the outside only see us when we’re fit, playing well and enjoying rugby. Like all of us and all young rugby players you go through periods which are quite tough. 

“Rhun went through that so it’s great to see him getting through that and doing his stuff now.

“For us to play out there together is special and we enjoy doing it and Aled has been in good form as well, we’re just trying to keep our spots and keep performing.”