For a full 80 minutes of the game there was little to separate the two sides, with a mirrored points sequence ensuring a tense encounter. It was experience that pulled in the points, with Non Evans securing all 14 for the visitors.
Both Italy and Wales slotted over two penalties in the first half to keep the score level at 6-6. It was Wales that broke the line first for a five-pointer, as the back-line put the ball through hands allowing Vice-Captain, Clare Flowers to release Non Evans to cross. Italy duly responded with a try of their own, to draw the score level at 11-11 as the sides went in for half time.
The equilibrium remained for the full 40 minutes of the second half and it was looking like a sure-fire draw until Wales grasped their chance as a penalty decision went their way in what was to be the last play of the game. Non Evans coolly stepped up and slotted the ball over from 5m outside the 22 to secure victory for Wales.
Rachel Poolman and Beth Hawke both gained their first caps in the starting line-up, with Amy Thompson coming on from the bench to claim hers.
Fielies Coetsee reflected the promising start to the season "Both Jason Lewis and I feel this was a pleasing start for the squad and we now have plenty to work on looking towards the Six Nations."
Amy Broadstock; Jenny Davies; Louise Horgan; Rachel Brown; Beth Hawke (Claire Donovan); Catrina Nicholas (Amy Thompson); Mel Berry (Captain); Dawn Mason; Amy Day; Naomi Thomas; Rachel Poolman; Clare Flowers (Vice-Captain); Louise Rickard; Elen Evans; Non Evans
Caryl Thomas; Eirlys Lougher; Becky Davies; Awen Thomas; Rhian Williams