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Published: 16:10 | 19/3/16

Record win for Wales over Italy

The homeside seal second spot in the Six Nations

Wales closed their Six Nations campaign with a comprehensive 67-14 win over Italy at the Principality Stadium in Wales.

The home side were simply sensational as an attacking force as they took full advantage of a tired and depleted Italy to run up their record Six Nations victory.

Wales started with a real intensity and they were ahead after just five minutes.

Luke Charteris safely took a line-out and after a Welsh maul was held up, Rhys Webb kicked into gear and burst through a gap in the Italian defence before crossing.

Dan Biggar clipped over the extras to make it 7-0 after six minutes.

It was all Wales in the opening exchanges as they put the Italians under huge pressure and they extended their lead with a penalty after 14 minutes.

It went from bad to worse for the visitor’s three minutes later when scrum-half Gugliemo Palazzani was sent to the sin-bin for offside.

Wales, to the bemusement of all inside the Millenium Stadium, decided to take the three-points on offer from the penalty rather than looking to take apart the 14-men inside the 22.

However, the Welsh fans didn’t have to wait long for the second try as Dan Biggar obliged after 29 minutes.

Biggar picked a great line inside the Italian 22 ad exchanged passes with Jamie Roberts before crossing with ease, the fly half then added the extras to make it 20-0.

The game was already over as a contest as Wales started to think about racking up a score and they grabbed their third try of the day ten minutes before the break.

A deep counter attack found George North on the wing, Italy fell off a number of tackles allowing Jonathan Davies to trot under the posts. Biggar again made no mistake from close range to make it 27-0.

Italy, to their credit, finished the half strongly as they put the Welsh defence under pressure with a kick to the corner but they were unable to breach a stubborn backline as Wales went in 27-0 up at the break.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with the hosts looking to attack at every opportunity and they crossed the try line for the fourth time after five minutes of the half.

George North outpaced Gonzalo Garcia, before drawing in Luke McLean and offloading to Jamie Roberts who powered his way over in the corner.

Italy simply couldn’t handle the Welsh power and pace and the hosts added another easy try three minutes later when a Roberts’ dummy run parted the Italian defence, leaving a huge gap for North to rush through as Wales moved 39-0 ahead.

Italy, who were without a host of first team regulars, grabbed a consolation try when they produced a 15-man shove from a line-out that ended Guglielmo Palazzini crossing.

However, this was just a momentary lapse from Wales who reacted with another try of their own after 56 minutes.

Wales recycled inside the Italian 22 and ended the move with a sensational touch from Jonathan Davies fining Liam Williams on the wing.

The winger cut inside and showed his blistering pace to zag between Tomasso Allan and Leonardo Sarto to score.

The game was end to end after this as both sides continued to play attacking rugby and it was Italy who crossed again after an hour.

From a maul, Tommy Allan broke and who produced a scintillating offload into the path of Gonzalo Garcia and he held off Jamie Roberts and made no mistake from close range.

Again, though, the Welsh responses didn’t take long as they added another seven points of their own.

From a line-out maul, Ross Moriarty broke off the back and burst over the line. Rhys Priestland added the conversion to make it 53-14 with 13 minutes left.

It was all Wales in the final ten minutes and they wrapped up victory with two tries in the final minutes.

The first arrived when Ross Moriarty dived over from close range to make it 60-14, before Gareth Davies rounded off the win with a brilliant try win for Warren Gatland’s men.

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