WALES 44 ITALY 20
(at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff).
Graham Henry returned to Wales, decked in a red and white scarf, to watch his successor, Steve Hansen, gain his first victory.
Wales led 23-13 at the interval and then raced clear in the second half with replacement Rhys Williams collecting a superb try and first Scott Quinnell and then Andy Marinos going over to take the try-count to 5-2.
Italy lost flanker Aaron Persico to the sin-bin in the second half, as he became the 16th Italian to be yellow-carded in 13 championship matches.
Coach Hansen used all seven replacements, including bringing off skipper Quinnell, who was winning his 49th cap.
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