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Wales secure victory over Italy in Women's Six Nations

Captain Carys Phillips applied the finishing touch as Wales made a promising start to their Women's Six Nations campaign with victory over Italy in Ancona.

Phillips crossed for Wales' third try of the match to put the seal on a 20-8 win on the opening weekend of the championship.

Wales seized an early grip with a penalty from Elinor Snowsill after eight minutes, followed by Caryl Thomas going in under the posts for the opening try in the 16th minute.

Snowsill converted and Wales were in double figures before the Italians were off the mark, but a penalty from Michela Sillari and Manuela Furlan's try, burrowing in on the left, made it a tight contest at the interval.

Welsh nerves were eased in the 46th minute when full-back Dyddgu Hywel made pressure on the Italy line count by cutting between a cluster of blue shirts to touch down.

And Phillips put the seal on the successful trip in the 66th minute when the Welsh pack drove the Italians back almost 20 yards to the try-line. She had waited at the back of the pack and dived over to make sure of the win for a Welsh side who will face England in their second match.

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