ALEX Cuthbert is expecting an Italian backlash this afternoon.
The Azzurri started the RBS 6 Nations in spectacular fashion, stunning France with a superb display in their opening match of the tournament.
They disappointed badly at Murrayfield a week later, but Wales wing Cuthbert believes the outfit which defeated the French will reappear today at Stadio Olimpico.
"They showed what they can do at top level against France," he said. "They will be the same as they were against France, at home, and it will be a tough challenge. We will have to front up."
Wales ended a demoralising run of eight successive defeats by beating France in their last encounter.
And they could still retain their title with successive victories over Italy, Scotland and England.
Cuthbert added: "Morale is really high. The side has been together pretty much for the past two weeks. We've done a lot of sessions together as a team.
"We tried to play a bit of rugby against France, and with the confidence of getting that win and putting all those losses behind us hopefully we can play the way we did in the Six Nations last year.
"France defended well, as we did, but when we did get that chance we took it and ended up winning the game."