PC Pivac’s first job on the Welsh beat went without a hitch as the former copper’s new side thrashed Italy easily in Cardiff.
Josh Adams scored a hat-trick – extending his run to 10 tries in his last eight Tests – Nick Tompkins took another on debut and George North added a late fourth as Wales made the perfect start to the defence of their title.
For them it was their record-extending seventh consecutive home win in the Six Nations, and a first for new boss Wayne Pivac who will know sterner tests are to come.
Josh Adams finishes well in the corner to earn Wales their first try of the Six Nations
Dan Biggar's kicking got Wales off to an early lead that they never looked like letting go
Adams touches down again in the same spot for his second try, extending Wales' lead further
1 TRY v Georgia RWC2019
NONE v Australia RWC2019
3 TRIES v Fiji RWC2019
1 TRY v Uruguay RWC2019
NONE v France RWC2019
1 TRY v South Africa RWC2019
1 TRY v New Zealand RWC2019
3 TRIES v Italy 6 Nations
Italy were yet again abject and have now lost 23 matches in a row in this Championship since 2015.
What was different was that Franco Smith’s men did not register a single point – the first time since losing 29-0 to Scotland in 2017.
In these uncertain times across Europe the Six Nations comes as some comfort – well for some – as the old constants remain.
The grass is green, the sky is blue, the Pope is Catholic, Italy lose and Josh Adams scores tries.
This was always going to be the Azzurri’s 23rd consecutive defeat in the Championship, dating back to 2015, and Pivac’s first as Welsh boss.
Italy got close on a few occasions but Wales's defence held strong inside their own 22
And if he was allowed any space whatsoever, Adams was highly likely to score. In fact, in the first half the winger took two – both thanks to super assists.
It means he now has touched down nine times in his last eight Tests – continuing his extraordinary run from the World Cup.
But the Cardiff Blue had inside men to thank for both. First it was the uncapped Nick Tompkins with a sublime pass wide that set Adams up.
The Saracens centre was on for 10 minutes while the other newbie Johnny McNicholl had his head checked after a boot to the face and during that period was brilliant.
His wide fling to Halfpenny allowed the full-back time and space to put Adams away, and the flyer sped in from the 22 to score in the left corner.