Sunday 16 December 2018

Wales cruise to Italian triumph

Wales 38 Italy14

Wales’ Cory Hill in action with Italy’s Dean Budd. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Wales’ Cory Hill in action with Italy’s Dean Budd. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

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Wales moved up to second in the Six Nations table behind champions Ireland after claiming an expected bonus point victory over Italy.

It was not always plain sailing for Wales before they made it 12 successive wins against the Azzurri, but their superior class and finishing ability ultimately told during a 38-14 triumph.

Wales’ George North scores a try. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Naden
Wales’ George North scores a try. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Naden

George North set the tone with a try double, while Hadleigh Parkes, Cory Hill and Justin Tipuric also crossed.

Gareth Anscombe kicked three conversions and a penalty, while sub Leigh Halfpenny added two conversions, although Italy initially refused to go quietly.

They replied through a touchdown for full-back Matteo Minozzi that fly-half Tomasso Allan converted, making it 14-7, before Mattia Bellini touched down late on.

 

Wales’ Liam Williams in action with Italy’s Alessandro Zanni. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Naden
Wales’ Liam Williams in action with Italy’s Alessandro Zanni. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Naden
Wales’ Gareth Anscombe in action. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Wales’ Gareth Anscombe in action. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Wales’ Liam Williams in action with Italy’s Matteo Minozzi. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Wales’ Liam Williams in action with Italy’s Matteo Minozzi. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

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