Italy: (10) 10
TRY: Penalty Try. CON: Carlo Canna. PEN: Carlo Canna
Ireland: (28) 63
TRY: Keith Earls (2), CJ Stander (3), Craig Gilroy (3), Garry Ringrose. CON: Paddy Jackson (9).
Ireland set about this game like the school bully that had been sucker punched by the skinny kid last week and were determined to take it out on the weakest of their group. Poor old Italy, they were knocked about something awful round the back of the Coliseum!
The body blows came thick and fast with Keith Earls sticking in a couple out wide while CJ Stander landed three big ones. Craig Gilroy briefly appeared to apply three more when they were down and out, Garry Ringrose landing one while they were on their way down.
Throughout it all Paddy Jackson orchestrated the beating, landing nine big kicks of his own!
All joking aside games like this do little good for the RBS Six Nations as a competition and it doesn’t do much for the teams involved. Ireland learnt little about the players involved and Italy will just have to patch themselves up and get ready for another three beatings.
We’ll find out if Ireland are schoolyard bullies or skillful scrappers when the face France, Wales and England. Their Six Nations Championship proper is yet to begin.
Final Score: Italy 10 Ireland 63
Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Simon Zebo, Paddy Jackson, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Niall Scannell, Tadhg Furlong, Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: James Tracy, Jack McGrath, John Ryan, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion, Ian Keatley, Craig Gilroy.
RBS Six Nations Round 2 Results.
RBS Six Nations Standings.