Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Ireland's Thrashing Of Italy Has Certainly Come At A Cost

Ireland's Thrashing Of Italy Has Certainly Come At A Cost

He's a lot more comfortable now, which is promising, but what's not promising is the degree of discomfort he was in.

This thumping eight-try success was both predicted and predictable and was lapped up by the raucous Irish support at the Aviva Stadium.

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

AFTER THEIR last-gasp 15-13 win against France last week, Ireland areaiming to make another big statement against Italy in Dublin.

Certainly the way they reduced the Azzurri to so much rubble will do their confidence levels no harm whatsoever ahead of the visit of Wales' in a fortnight's time.

Our friends at Rugby World have guides to the Ireland Six Nations squad and Italy Six Nations squad waiting for you.

Dan Leavy makes his first global start coming in for the injured Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut at number 8, while there are also starts for Devon Toner and Jack McGrath.

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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.

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.

The Italians were left shell-shocked when Bundee Aki crashed over to mark the 27-year-old New Zealand-born centre's first try for his adopted country leaving the Irish just one try short of their bonus point aim with only 20 minutes gone.

Bonus point secured, job done.

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However, Henshaw's injury clearly looks more serious and he is due to have a scan tomorrow and it is possible that his Six Nations could be over already at this early stage. "We think we've got opportunities in the coming three matches if we hold the ball and play the way we can".

Italy fashioned a response when fly-half Tommaso Allan scored and converted his own try.

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