Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half

Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half

Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half

Italy lost out 46-15 to England in Rome last weekend in their opening Six Nations clash.

Facing Irishman Conor O'Shea's side in Dublin, the hosts ran in eight tries as they won 56-19.

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

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

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Italy for their part fought to the end, scoring three second-half tries but slipped to their 14th successive Six Nations defeat, equalling their previous worst run in the tournament.

Henshaw added his second try early in the second-half but landed in obvious agony on his shoulder, his leg beating against the ground through pain.

Sexton's fourth goal made it 28-0 at the break and effectively finished the match as a serious contest as well as securing the bonus-point. As a result, Ireland became a little disjointed, with injuries to Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw souring a comprehensive win.

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.

Jonathan Sexton on fine form kicking all the conversions, including Henshaws second, he was later replaced by Joey Carbery who kept on the stats, following further scores from Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale, who scored twice.

Stockdale soon had his second and Ireland's eighth before Italy grabbed a third late on through Matteo Minozzi.

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