Monday, 17 December, 2018

Eight-try Ireland thrash Italy in Six Nations

Sergio Parisse gets away from Joey Carbery in what proved to be a 96th defeat in an Italian shirt Sergio Parisse gets away from Joey Carbery in what proved to be a 96th defeat in an Italian shirt
Chelsea Rogers | 12 February, 2018, 02:12

Conor O'Shea's men were thumped 46-15 in Rome last Sunday and this latest setback marked their 14th straight defeat in the Six Nations.

After the drama of last weekend's opening-round victory over France, Ireland enjoyed a far more comfortable afternoon's work against Italy in Dublin.

Saturday evening plays host the pick of the Round 2 clashes of one of rugby's fiercest rivalries is reignited under the evening skies of Twickenham Stadium as reigning Six Nations champions England welcome Wales across the border, with both clubs seeking back-to-back wins.

Ireland had secured the bonus point by half-time, four first-half tries securing a 28-0 advantage, all expertly converted by Johnny Sexton.

Quaglio, after three appearances off the bench, comes in for Andrea Lovotti while Steyn replaces youngster Renato Giammarioli in a strengthening of the scrum.

Ireland led in the 11th minute when Connor Murray's smart pass found Robbie Henshaw and he crashed over from close range.

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The outside centre bagged two tries today, but landed rather awkwardly when scoring the second.

Aki, whose earlier try was his first for his adopted nation, showed off his pace to set up the fourth as he sucked in the Italian defence to put winger Keith Earls clear to secure the extra point before halftime.

Henshaw's potential absence would leave Ireland vulnerable in midfield where they were already without Garry Ringrose, although Schmidt said the young centre was making really good progress recuperating from an ankle injury and has a shot at returning for Leinster during next weekend's Six Nations break.

The Ulster players then got in on the act.

But slack defending saw Allan and Gori run from deep to score with Italy's best try coming when full-back Minozzi touched down in the corner.

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