Wales get Six Nations defence off to ideal start against Italy

Wales get Six Nations defence off to ideal start against Italy

Wales get Six Nations defence off to ideal start against Italy

We hope the tracks encourage them to find out for themselves why so many people love the Six Nations Championship.

Playing in its first tournament game since a fourth-place finish at the Rugby World Cup past year, Wales always had too much for the Azzurri, interim coach Franco Smith's side offering little resistance in a one-sided contest.

Biggar struck again before the Cardiff crowd roared to their feet on 18 minutes - Adams, a perfectly-timed dive into the left-hand corner - nobody does it better.

Wales had to wait until the 77th minute to secure their bonus-point as centre North shoved his way over from close range, before Adams crossed in the final play of the game to complete Italy's humiliation.

Franco Smith's replacement props helped win another penalty but Italy continued to lose possession in contact, increasing frustration evident among the players.

North thought he had scored a bonus point try but a Tompkins knock-on saw his effort disallowed.

Even allowing for the fact that Adams" treble was "only' against Italy there was much to admire, with Wales great Barry John writing in Wales on Sunday that the Cardiff Blues flyer "possesses the priceless ability to convert tries when in very tight spaces near the line". Not the man himself clearly, with Biggar's sumptuous and spontaneous pass one for the highlights reel for a long, long time.

Ntamack converted the try and soon added a penalty before France grabbed their second five-pointer thanks to some excellent work by Ollivon who put Lawes under pressure and before getting on the end of an excellent breakaway.

Openside Justin Tipuric won Player of the Match but many eyes are focused on Adams, his trio of superb tries the latest display of his ruthless streak.

After missing his first conversion attempt, Biggar made no mistake with the second to make it 21-0 at the interval.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, George North, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

On the hour, replacement forward Cory Hill made a break and debutant replacement back Nick Tompkins, coming off a ruck, sprinted clear from some 40 metres.

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Abraham Steyn, 7 Jake Polledri, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Niccolò Cannone, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Luca Bigi (captain), 1 Giosuè Zilocchi.

Replacements: Federico Zani, Danilo Fischetti, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, Dean Budd, Giovanni Licata, Guglielmo Palazzani, Jayden Hayward.

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