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Destructive Wales beat Italy 48-7 to go one step closer to Six Nations Grand Slam

Wales took a step closer to the Six Nations title, and the Grand Slam, as they thrashed a poor Italian side 48-7 in Rome.

Tries from Josh Adams, Taulupe Faletau, George North, Callum Sheedy, Louis Rees-Zammit and a brace from Ken Owens wrapped up another convincing victory.

It leaves Wales one win away from the Grand Slam, as they face France next weekend in a potential title-decider.

Wales got off to a rapid start, as an early Dan Biggar penalty was added to by Adams, who finished well in the corner after only eight minutes.

Faletau then crossed after 14 minutes, before hooker Owens added a third, touching down at the back of a destructive rolling maul.

Owens grabbed his second of the game not long after, and secured the bonus point within half an hour.

The half ended 27-0, but it could’ve been even more destructive for the Welsh, who had a fifth try disallowed. Biggar’s pass to scorer Rees-Zammit was deemed to go forward by the TMO, who spared further Italian blushes.

That didn’t last long however, as North motored clear to cross the whitewash just three minutes into the second half.

Monty Ioane grabbed what seemed to be merely a consolation for Italy next, as he chipped and collected nicely, giving the hosts the tiniest hopes of a historic comeback.

Wales kept pushing though, and went over for a sixth try on the hour as Bristol Bears fly half Sheedy slid through to score.

Gloucester’s Rees-Zammit then finished off a pulsating interception try, the 20-year-old carrying the ball from inside his own 22 and going clear with electrifying pace.

Italy managed to stop the rot from there on in, whilst Wales closed out yet another victory in what’s turning out to be a fruitful Six Nations campaign.

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