Italy team to face Ireland in Six Nations

12 February, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • O'Shea's final game in an Ireland shirt was the 50-18 defeat by England in 2000

Stockdale scored his first two Six Nations scores in the eight-try success to take his Ireland tally to six in six worldwide tests.

Despite a 56-19 bonus point victory over Italy in the second round of the 2018 Six Nations, Ireland will regret the scores they afforded the Italians according to for Irish internationals Donnacha Ryan and Fiona Steed.

Henshaw was hurt in the act of scoring his second try as Ireland ran out 56-19 winners in Dublin to maintain their flawless start to the tournament.

Ireland will anxiously await an update on the fitness of Robbie Henshaw after the centre suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in the Six Nations win over Italy.

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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.

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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.

He was replaced by Jordan Larmour for his debut. First Rory Best crashed over after a maul for converted try number six, substitute Joey Carbery this time on target.

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.

The visitors struck back with a second try as old warhorse Sergio Parisse's pass was eventually gathered by Edoardo Gori, who went over.

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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