George North takes centre stage on return as Wales thrash Italy

George North takes centre stage on return as Wales thrash Italy

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Wales are up to second in the Six Nations standings with going into the final round thanks to a 38-14 win over Italy.

Wales' Liam Williams, left, and Italy's Dean Budd challenge for the ball during the Six Nations rugby union match between Wales and Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Lock Cory Hill and Justin Tipuric also scored tries for Wales, who finished the game strongly against an abject Italy side which has now lost 16 successive Six Nations games.

Gareth Anscombe, playing fly half in place of Dan Biggar, converted before Owen Watkin intercepted Maxime Mbanda's pass and galloped 50 metres upfield to feed North on his right. Matteo Minozzi and Mattia Bellini got Italy's two tries.

North, who has already announced that he will be leaving Northampton at the end of the current campaign, was criticised by Saints interim director of rugby Alan Gaffney last week who suggested he didn't want to play for them in their Aviva Premiership game at Sale.

The winger wasn't the only one to impress.

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The home side opened the scoring four minutes in when Parkes ran a superb in-out line to burst through opposite man Tommaso Castello's attempted tackle and score.

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.

Wales could not re-establish initial momentum, and they were content to increase their advantage through a 35th-minute Anscombe penalty.

The home side ended the opening 40 minutes reduced to 14 men when full-back Williams was sin-binned for a risky tackle on his opposite number Minozzi, as Wales' early promise continued to show signs of evaporating, even though they led 17-7 at the break.

Second row Hill went over from close range to get his first global try, before Anscombe maintained his ideal kicking display to make it 24-7.

Wales coach Warren Gatland responded to a loss to Ireland last time out by making 10 changes.

Italy, to their credit, defended valiantly, never giving up despite conceding more than 20 tries in this season's tournament, but North ensured the five-point maximum when he crossed 14 minutes from time. But the visitors ended the game a man short as Tommaso Benvenuti received a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

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