Wales stayed in the hunt for a second-place finish following a 38-14 win over Italy in Cardiff.
Tries by Man of the Match Hadleigh Parkes, George North (2), Corey Hill and Justin Tipuric, and nine points from the boot of Gareth Anscombe and four points from Leigh Halfpenny, saw Wales pick up a bonus point against a spirited but limited Italian team.
Conor O’Shea’s men replied with two tries by Mattel Minozzi and Mattia Bellini, and four points from the boot of Tommaso Allan and Carlo Canna respectively.
Here’s what fans, pundits and current players had to say about the win:
Wales flanker Sam Warburton, out of the tournament through injury and working for the BBC as a pundit, congratulated Wales on their victory whilst also praising the big contribution of George North.
— Sam Warburton (@samwarburton_) March 11, 2018
While some questioned the validity of Italy’s place in the championship following a 16th straight defeat.
16, Six Nations matches without a win for Italy now. Dire. Raises the old Georgia debate once more following this poor campaign. They haven’t looked as bad as previous years, O’Shea is certainly bringing in a lot of exciting youngsters and the old guard still go strong.
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) March 11, 2018
#BBCSixNations Georgia (And Romania) are playing at a better level now than Italy were in the 90s- if Georgia make the QFs of RWC next year, I can’t see a case for keeping them out any longer. Italy simply aren’t good enough
— Conor Ritchie (@crbritchie) March 11, 2018
And popular Scrum V reporter Phil Steele was effusive in his praise of Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes’ performance.
Hadleigh “Centre” Parkes deservedly MOM. Fine player – does all the basics extraordinarily well.
— Phil Steele (@philsteele1) March 11, 2018
Wales finish off their campaign against France in Cardiff next Saturday whilst the Italians host Scotland in Rome.