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Wales player ratings from match against Italy in Cardiff

LEIGH HALFPENNY: Kicked five penalties and passed 500 points for Wales, but was then carried off after appearing to suffer a knee injury. Seven out of 10.

ALEX CUTHBERT: Had his best game of the World Cup warm-up schedule. Solid in attack and defence. 7

CORY ALLEN: Had few chances to shine during a muted Wales performance that saw them struggle to put Italy away. 6

SCOTT WILLIAMS: A potent force in attack, Williams looked the one player capable of unlocking Italy's defence on a regular basis. 8

GEORGE NORTH: Scored his 23rd try for Wales with an early touchdown, but otherwise had few opportunities. 7

DAN BIGGAR: Kicked a late penalty after Halfpenny went off, yet it was a largely frustrating afternoon for the Ospreys playmaker. 6

RHYS WEBB: Carried off midway through the first half after suffering what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. Crushing blow. 6

GETHIN JENKINS: Delivered a hard-working 50-minute contribution and will be a key part of Wales' World Cup campaign. 7

KEN OWENS: Solid in all aspects, but the Wales pack were made to work hard by a solid Italy eight. 7

TOMAS FRANCIS: Another useful outing as he finds his feet in the Test arena. Looks the part. 7

JAKE BALL: Did his best to keep the Wales pack on the front foot, but he had his hands full. 6

DOMINIC DAY: Drifted in and out of the game as Wales pulled the curtain down on their World Cup warm-up schedule. 6

JAMES KING: Conceded an early penalty, and did not really get into the game. 6

SAM WARBURTON: A strong start by the skipper, but he will be disappointed that Wales never really got going. 7

TAULUPE FALETAU: Trademark solidity in attack and defence. Huge World Cup asset for Wales. 7


Gareth Davies: Took over from the stricken Webb, and now looks set to have a major World Cup role ahead of him. 6

Luke Charteris: Took over from Ball early in the second period. 6

Paul James: Replaced Jenkins after 54 minutes. 6

Ross Moriarty: Played the last 16 minutes and made a dynamic contribution. 7

Aaron Jarvis: Went on for Francis as the clock ticked down. 6

Kristian Dacey: Missed out on the World Cup squad, but had a late run instead of Owens. 6


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