George North the star of the show as Wales coast past Italy

• Wales 38-14 Italy
• North bags two tries in win that puts Wales second in table

Wales moved to second in the table with an ultimately comfortable victory over Italy, who suffered their 16th successive Six Nations reverse and will scoop the wooden spoon for the fourth time in five seasons. In their previous two home matches, against South Africa and Scotland, Wales were 14-0 up within 11 minutes and they continued the trend with two tries in the first six minutes through Hadleigh Parkes and George North before tapering off for the rest of the half.

James Davies, making his debut at open-side flanker, won a turnover after Italy’s full-back Mattel Minozzi had slipped while attempting a counter-attack. Wales kicked to touch and after a few forward rumbles, Parkes stepped back against the defensive drift to catch out Sergio Parisse and Tommaso Castello.

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