Ireland Sweep Past Italy To Maintain Perfect Six Nations Start

12 February, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Hope Soto
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Plenty of tries but still plenty to work on for Ireland in the weeks break next week, before welcoming Wales here the week after.

Henshaw opened the scoring in the 12th minute and, two minutes later, Conor Murray scored the pick of Ireland's tries after great hands by Conor Murray.

"I don't know if it'll come back and bite us in the arse come the end of the tournament from a points differential point of view, but I'm sure Andy Farrell would have been saying the goal at half time was to give them zero at the end of it".

The Men in Green added a second try three minutes later when number eight Jack Conan and scrum-half Conor Murray combined to send the latter over the whitewash. The Irish have won the past four Six Nations meetings with the Azzurri, including a thumping 63-10 victory at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome a year ago.

Schmidt's side earned their bonus point after 35 minutes as Aki, who sold a dummy to the Italian defence, accelerated through the gap before switching the ball outside to a supporting Keith Earls.

She noted all of the changes Ireland had made to the side that had started the game as a potential reason for the score conceded in the second half, and claimed concentration came be a problem in games when a side is winning comfortably, as "it's hard sometimes to build yourself up when you're winning by so much".

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Then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box because I think this is the meaning of the phrase box-to-box. If our players continue the good work at Tyneside, I don't see why we can not return home with all three points.

The former Leinster playmaker's situation even led World Rugby to ratify the use of the goggles for Test rugby, with the 28-year-old since progressing to represent Italy by way of residency.

Johnny Sexton converted all four and the fifth following Henshaw's intercept try.

Ireland captain Rory Best, who scored his ninth try for Ireland when he barged over for his side's sixth of the afternoon, was pleased with Parisse's assessment of their performance.

Then, as he scored his second try, Henshaw was hurt by a tackle from Tommaso Benvenuti and left the field in a sling.

The visitors at least had the last laugh in terms of scoring as fullback Matteo Minozzi rounded off a move in the corner.


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