Six Nations 2018: Sergio Parisse's Italy inspired by under-20s win

Six Nations 2018: Sergio Parisse's Italy inspired by under-20s win

Wales, though, secured the bonus-point minutes later as North powered over for the fourth try.

"I thought the yellow card was fair - we had no problems with it", Gatland said.

For the next 10 minutes Italy had the better of the match, but were unable to eat further into Wales' lead as a presentable penalty was kicked to the corner rather than the posts, before Tommaso Allan failed to convert a second from longer range.

In the knowledge a comprehensive victory would move them up to 2nd place and help them to overtake England, Wales played some thrilling rugby and they might have scored even more if Gareth Davies hadn't been ruled offside after some superb work from Steff Evans.

George North made it eight tries in as many Tests against Italy as the powerhouse Wales wing marked his first start of this Six Nations with a try-double in a 38-14 win on Sunday.

On the stroke of the interval, Liam Williams - in what proved his final act of the game - was issued a yellow card for a high tackle on Minozzi.

"I would like to think we could win quite comfortably", says the Wales centre Owen Watkin, who will make his first start in the Six Nations, one of 10 personnel changes from the last-round defeat in Dublin.

Taulupe Faletau File
Taulupe Faletau will captain Wales against Italy on Sunday

Gatland confidently predicted at the Six Nations launch that Wales would win the title for the first time since 2013 but, with two rounds to go, they are playing for the consolation prizes after defeats away to England and Ireland in matches that were in the balance in the closing seconds. But the visitors ended the game a man short as Tommaso Benvenuti received a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on. I was disappointed. I didn't think if he was going to make the tackle he needed to go that high.

"The thing with Liam is he's such an emotional player".

As it is, the Azzurri are already guaranteed to finish bottom of the table for the 13th time in 19 seasons since joining the tournament in 2000.

Italy have conceded 23 tries in their four games this season, but coach Conor O'Shea spoke defiantly about the Azzurri's rugby future. But we achieved what we wanted to do and we have our destiny in our own hands next week.

"It's just about working on what we've been doing in training and express yourself. We know we have got some outstanding quality players who can be brilliant at times, but they sometimes need a cool head around them at times just to calm them down and make sure we make the right decisions".

The former Ireland fullback added, "If you go around the clubs, see the Under-20s beating Wales, and look at the players coming through, we are building a team and we are building a system piece by piece".

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