Wales run in five tries against Italy

Liam Williams will play at his Lions position of full-back where he is most dashing

Hadleigh Parkes scored the first of Wales five tries.

Scarlets centre Hadleigh Parkes enjoyed a fine game, scoring one try and having another disallowed as Wales claimed a solid bonus-point win which moves them into second-place in the table with one game left at home against France next Saturday.

Warren Gatland was rewarded for his decision to freshen up a Welsh side that had experienced successive narrow defeats to England and Ireland.

Italy bounced back nearly immediately after their early double setback with the excellent fullback Matteo Minozzi crossing for his third try of the Championship.

Wing George North - back in action following a recent hard time at his club Northampton - set the tone with a try double, while centre Hadleigh Parkes, lock Cory Hill and flanker Justin Tipuric also crossed.

While the Azzurri performance was again disappointing on the whole, Conor O'Shea's men did manage to finish with a flourish as Carlo Canna instigated a flowing attack that ended in a try for Mattia Bellini after an offload from Federico Ruzza.

Gatland admitted Wales must now wait to see if there will be any action against Williams ahead of the France game.

"It's job done", Gatland said.

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"To make 10 changes, score the points we did, and win comfortably was the pleasing aspect". Some elements were frustrating and we'll work on that.

"But we achieved what we wanted to do, to get a bonus point and have our destiny in our own hands next week to finish second in the Championship".

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.

In between, Cory Hill added the hosts' third try before North forced his way over for his second in the 66th minute. His pass found North, who finished off his 31st Test match touchdown, with Gareth Anscombe adding both conversions.

Liam Williams was shown a yellow card just before the break for a high tackle on opposing fullback Matteo Minozzi, while scrumhalf Gareth Davies followed him into the sin-bin soon after the interval for a deliberate knock-on.

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

It took just four minutes for Wales to get off the mark as Parkes bounced off a poor tackle from Tommaso Castello, who consequently went off for a head injury assessment, to dot down behind the posts.

Northampton boss Alan Gaffney appeared to question whether North, who was released on schedule by Wales during a fallow Six Nations week, wanted to play for his club in an Aviva Premiership game eight days ago.

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