Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

Ireland may have to complete their bid for a Six Nations title without centre Robbie Henshaw but are more hopeful about prop Tadhg Furlong after the pair were injured in an otherwise stress-free 56-19 win over Italy on Saturday.

Plenty of tries but still plenty to work on for Ireland in the weeks break next week, before welcoming Wales here the week after.

The former Ireland international's side are looking to bounce back from defeat by England in their opening Six Nations match.

That particular encounter will not be for the faint hearted, but after Jonathan Sexton's dramatic late drop-goal sealed a famous 15-13 in Paris seven days earlier, this was a relative stroll in the park, even if Ireland did concede three tries.

"We are happy with the win but will always find something to improve on".

Italy made three changes from the loss to England, with Braam Steyn, Nicola Quaglio and Luca Bigi all selected.

Ireland made their intent clear early on as Johnny Sexton went for touch instead of the posts, but the Italians managed to hold Conor Murray up as he crossed the line. We started becoming quite passive defensively where we'd been very proactive in the first half.

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.

The Azzuri struggled to keep the hosts at bay and a third try came midway through the first half when imposing centre Bundee Aki showed formidable strength to outmuscle two Italy defenders and power through to score.

Hat-tricks from CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy helped Ireland to a nine-try win, with Keith Earls also scoring a brace.

However, with the game long gone the Italians found some spark and Tommaso Castello got the better of Dan Leavy to release Tommaso Allan with the fly-half going over and converting his try to put Italy on the scoreboard with just over 20 minutes to go.

That didn't stop the onslaught as Rory Best went over and Joey Carbery added the conversion.

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