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George North takes centre stage on return as Wales thrash Italy

12 March 2018

A mixture of new faces and returning veterans combined to give the hosts a convincing five tries to two victory that saw star wing George North cross the line twice.

Warren Gatland was rewarded for his decision to freshen up a Welsh side that had experienced successive narrow defeats to England and Ireland.

Wales needed to regroup following a lacklustre second quarter, and they delivered within four minutes of the restart as sustained close-range pressure ended with Hill claiming his first Test try.

Wing George North - back in action following a recent hard time at his club Northampton - set the tone with a try double, while centre Hadleigh Parkes, lock Cory Hill and flanker Justin Tipuric also crossed.

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 - Carlo Canna added the extras - yet a much-changed Wales team never found themselves under serious threat as North took centre-stage.

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"Basically, he doesn't make mistakes", Gatland said at the post-match press conference.

"To explode the myths that see Italy as a defensive side and only strong in the pack: we're on the right track and we want to reaffirm that".

"To make 10 changes, score the points we did, and win comfortably was the pleasing aspect". Some elements were frustrating and we'll work on that.

"We have our destiny in our own hands next week."

The win moves Wales up to second in the table on 11 points, eight behind Ireland, who clinched the Six Nations title Saturday with a 28-8 bonus point win over Scotland.

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Back-rower Giovanni Licata, yet to make his Six Nations debut, is brought into the replacements, with Oliviero Fabiani and Guglielmo Palazzani also added to the bench.

"It is a huge honour to be given this opportunity, and I am looking forward to it".

Anscombe made no such mistake minutes later as he made it 17-7, but halftime was made less comfortable for the home team when Liam Williams was shown a yellow card just before the break for a high tackle on Minnozi. Italy's misery was compounded as Tommaso Benvenuti was shown a yellow card with less than three minutes left.

"I am happy we are seeing progress but I am desperate to win because that is what you are judged on", he said.

"The boys have done some really good things in the last couple of games we've played".

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It was not all rosy for Wales, though, and they would be reduced to 13 men for a few minutes after Gareth Davies was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on.

George North takes centre stage on return as Wales thrash Italy