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Ireland

Six Nations | Rome
14:25 (GMT) | 11-02-2017
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Jackson makes the final kick of the game: 9 for 9. FULL TIME
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Dillane with a good carry and Ireland shove their way into the 5 meter with almost no contest. The ball moved down field and Gilroy finds the wide ball for a second Irish hatrick
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Ireland perhaps looking for more as the game draws to a close. A low kick forward leads to nothing but the away team had an advantage. The referee calls play back and Ireland start another attack
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Jackson maintains his perfect record for this fixture
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Ireland hold the hosts at the 22 and finally get possession then clear. Gilroy chases and gets lucky with a bounce, snatching it up and flies over the line to score another Ireland TRY
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Italy looking for a consolation try, with some fluid passing as they make entering the 5 look easy. Ireland drive them back but they don't lose heart
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Scrum reset
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The reset kick is not far out. Italy despite the scoreline not rolling over. They press on with their attack but give away a scrum at the Ireland 10
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Jackson with an easy conversion
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The ball cleared after it's expelled from the scrum and picked up by the Irish backline, who reinitiate their attack. Jackson with a sneaky pass to Ringrose who drifts pass a sleeping Italian defence to score another TRY
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Ireland look to be well in charge of the fixture with Italy showing little signs of claiming a lead. The reset kick is returned by both sets of players a few times before Italy decides to work the ball out of their half. The referee blows for a scrum at the host's 22.
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Jackson continues his run with 2 extras
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Jackson goes for the boot forward but Venditti claims it and the Italians get a penalty. Ireland on the attack shortly after and the ball falls to Gilroy who pulls out the fancy footwork to pass 3 and score the TRY
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The referee blows and Ireland take the scrum. Jackson kicks into touch at the hosts' 22. Ireland on the attack after the throw and the home team having some trouble containing the movements of the Irish
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The referee blows and Ireland take the scrum. Jackson kicks into touch at the hosts' 22
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Mbanda finds the space he wants but the referee blows for him to stop his run. Penalty and scrum to Ireland
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Scrum reset
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Penalty to Italians; Ireland turning the scrum. The ball kicked into touch at the half way. Italy drop their throw but regain the ball. They build from their 10 meter. The ball booted forward but they fail to regain possession. Ireland grab the ball moving up field. Play is halted by the referee as Ireland lost the ball forward. Scrum to Italy.
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Scrum reset
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Ireland with some momentous play, the Italians scurrying to defend. The ball on the edge of the touch line and it is rolled over. The referee calls play back a bit for a scrum inside the home team 22
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Ireland take the line-out from Italy and they clear. Line-out to the hosts around their own 22. The ball is thrown and the referee blows. Line-out to Ireland
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Gori takes it after the Italians push the Irish back in the scrum. He makes a good run getting his team to the Irish 5 meter. The ball is turned over and cleared into touch by Murray. Line-out at the 22 of the current leaders
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Italy struggling hard against the Irish defence but maintaining possession. The ball is momentarily lost but the referee calls play back. Penalty to the home team
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The ball lost by the Italians then lost forward by the Irish. Scrum before the 22 of the Irish for the hosts
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Padovani with some footwork to help his team forward and Italy looking more convincing now in the second half. The Italians in their 12th phase moving forward progressively
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Italy fighting for possession now inside their own half. They manage to find it and opt to clear. The ball picked up but the referee halts play. Scrum to the hosts around the half way line
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The reset kick falls just before the 22. Ireland work their way out but the home team find possession then kick into touch passed the half way. The ball moved up field and then intercepted by the hosts but the referee blows for an infringement.
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Jackson with a perfect record thus far
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Henshaw lobs it forward but it's picked up by the Italian backline. The top 9 tacklers in the first half all being on the Italian side, showing the flow of the game. Ireland, again on the attack now building from inside the Italian 10. Stander bursts through the hosts' defence, carrying with immense strength. TRY to Ireland
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Ireland wasting now time going straight on the attack. Penalty to the Irish after an Irishman being tackled while off feet. Jackson kicks into touch around the 22. Line-out to the away team and they try to make some ground with a maul. The Italians push them back and snatch possession, then clear. Ireland in possession again, now coming from the half way line. The ball makes it's way to the Italian back line and is cleared again. Ireland still in possession now inside the 22
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The second half underway

Half Time

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Ireland kick into touch before the 22 of the hosts. The line-out thrown. The referee blows shortly after. HALF TIME
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Benvenuti with a short pass putting his team mate in a precarious position. They manage to retain possession but the referee blows for a penalty to the Irish; not releasing the ball
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Favaro again at the heart of his team's attack down field. The ball moved up field after the ruck and lobbed forward but no Italian player is home.
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The reset kick is on the 22 line and returned back and into touch. Line-out to Italy at the half way. Favaro bombing forward attempting to single-handedly dismantle the Irish defence. The ball now inside the Irish 10
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Jackson doesn't disappoint; 2 extra points
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They shove their way forward in the maul and the man taking credit is Stander, his second TRY of the game
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The reset kick livens the crowd. The Irish have a throw at the 22 of the hosts though. Ireland looking to make some ground in a maul of their own.
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Canna adds 2 extra points to his teams' score
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Yellow card to the Irish number 4, Ryan
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The maul making some good ground and the referee blows for a penalty TRY.
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The referee blows, Irish players collapsing the maul. The ball kicked into touch at the 5 meter by Canna
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The referee blows as the scrum disintegrates. The Italians walk away with a penalty and kick into touch around the 5 meter area. The hosts make some ground with a maul
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The restart kick ball is deep this time around, but a bit too deep as it is cleared almost as soon as it is caught. Scrum to the hosts at the 10 of the Irish
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Jackson looking to make it 3 for 3, and he does
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Italy struggling to hold defensively. Jackson gets it and moves the ball up field progressively to Earls and he swans over the line to score the third TRY for Ireland
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Murray slips it in and collects it at the rear. He finds Zebo enroute another excursion down the wing. The Italian players rally around him and the ball is moved up field still in the away teams possession
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Zebo gets the ball on the edge of the line and lets it slip through his fingers going forward. Scrum to the hosts. The referee blows shortly after for a penalty to the visitors. Scrum to the Irish now
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Italy on the attack now with a seemingly greater resolve. Canna looking to create some pace among his team mates movements but the Irish move accordingly. Lint-out to the Irish and they start their attack
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Italy line-out after the reset. The referee blows immediately after the ball comes into play. Scrum to the boys in blue
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Jackson secures the extras
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Heaslip with a wonderful offload to Henshaw. The Ireland push on and Stander finds himself at the end of the final pass drifting over the line to score the TRY
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Ireland on the attack again now inside the 22 of the hosts
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Padovani gets his team on the scoreboard
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The reset is there and the ball cleared rather easily by Murray. Italy look to recover from the half way but spill it. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the home team. Penalty just before the 22 of the Irish
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Paddy Jackson adds the extras
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Scrum at the 5 of the hosts again. The Irish take advantage and are again inside the 5 meter area of the home team. Jackson gets a pass in space and sends it off generously to Earls who jogs over the line to score the TRY
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Murray looking to make the final carry but is stopped inches short of the line. The ball moved down field as the Italians shuffle to recover but Simon Zebo makes it over the line. The referee refers to the TMO saying Zebo lost control of the ball. No try
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The Irish pushing forward in the scrum then disperse moving up field.
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Stander using his weight to make room for his team mates who now reside on the 5 meter line. The ball over on the line with a pile of bodies. The referee blows for an offside from the Italians. Scrum to the Irish
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Ireland make some ground after the scrum but knock-on before the 5. Scrum to Italy at their own 5
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Ireland snatch the ball away after it makes its way out the back of the scrum. The referee blows shortly after. Scrum to Ireland inside the 22
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Scrum to Italy at their 22
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Henshaw looking for a quick kick forward amidst a sea of players but doesn't find the space. Ireland knock-on and play under advantage. They clear just as they lose the advantage
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The Irish take the scrum right from under the Italians and get a penalty before the Italian 10. Line-out at the 22
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Scrum reset
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A short kick easily snatched by the Irish and they work their way over the half way line. Scrum to Italy after an Irish knock-on
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Glen Jackson blows and the game is underway off the boot of Carlo Canna
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The national anthems now being sung
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The players exit the tunnel to a massive roar from the crowd
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Ireland captain Rory Best has been ruled out of the match with a stomach bug. Niall Scannell takes his place in the team.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Edoardo Padovani
  • 14 Angelo Esposito
  • 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
  • 12 Luke McLean
  • 11 Giovanbattista Venditti
  • 10 Carlo Canna
  • 9 Edoardo Gori
  • 8 Sergio Parisse
  • 7 Simone Favaro
  • 6 Maxime Mbanda
  • 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 4 Marco Fuser
  • 3 Lorenzo Cittadini
  • 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • 1 Andrea Lovotti
RESERVES
  • 23 Michele Campagnaro
  • 22 Tommaso Allan
  • 21 Giorgio Bronzini
  • 20 Abraham Steyn
  • 19 George Biagi
  • 18 Dario Christolini
  • 17 Sami Panico
  • 16 Ornel Gega
START LINE UP
  • 15 Rob Kearney
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 12 Robbie Henshaw
  • 11 Simon Zebo
  • 10 Paddy Jackson
  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 8 Jamie Heaslip
  • 7 Sean O'Brien
  • 6 Christiaan Stander
  • 5 Devin Toner
  • 4 Donnacha Ryan
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 2 Niall Scannell
  • 1 Cian Healy
RESERVES
  • 23 Craig Gilroy
  • 22 Ian Keatley
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 20 Josh van der Flier
  • 19 Ultan Dillane
  • 18 John Ryan
  • 17 Jack McGrath
  • 16 James Tracy
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Preview: Italy v Ireland

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:34

SIX NATIONS ROUND TWO: Avoiding delays, and another sluggish start, away to a determined Italy will be key as Ireland look to salvage their Six Nations title hopes with a win in Rome on Saturday.

Ireland's status as potential tournament winners, following an historic first win over the All Blacks in November, suffered a massive blow in a 22-27 loss to Scotland that left them fourth in the table.

Delayed by 15 minutes in arriving at the stadium following the unplanned re-routing of their team bus, Ireland were ruffled and shipped three tries in the opening 15 minutes at Murrayfield.

Coach Joe Schmidt has demanded it not be repeated.

"I have challenged them for a better start in Italy," said New Zealander Schmidt. "It's incredibly disappointing the way we started last weekend.

"I do think it's a challenge for a professional player that they can be adaptable in different circumstances, so they can still start well and cope.

"So we've certainly given them that challenge this week, and hopefully we see a better start." 

Schmidt has resisted the temptation to rush inspirational flyhalf Jonathan Sexton, who missed the Scotland defeat with calf trouble, back against an Italy side coached by former Ireland fullback Conor O'Shea.

As was the case at Murrayfield, Paddy Jackson will be the starting flyhalf.

No.8 Donnacha Ryan and prop Cian Healy were the only changes to Ireland's starting XV ahead of their 27th meeting with Italy, 22 of which they have won.

Ireland's 58-15 win in Dublin last year was their fourth in succession, following a 22-15 Azzurri win at the Stadio Olimpico in 2013.

Yet the Azzurri have blossomed under O'Shea, whose professional approach and belief in a rejuvenated side was repaid with an historic 20-18 win over South Africa last November.

It offered fans an early glimpse of potential successes further down the road.

Indeed, for 40 minutes against Wales last week hopes were high as Italy's defence held firm on their way to a 7-3 half-time lead thanks to Edoardo Gori's 29th minute try and the conversion from Carlo Canna. 

Ill-discipline returned to haunt the hosts, Italy conceding three penalties in quick succession. They then paid for prop Andrea Lovotti's visit to the sin-bin on the hour by allowing a rampant Wales to run in three late tries.

O'Shea did complain that Irish referee JP Doyle had not given Italy a fair crack of the whip when it came to dishing out sanctions - Wales were given only five penalties against to Italy's 15. 

But he said discipline is key if Italy are to retain a winning chance, with the ball and the referee.

"We want to change the perception because we need to make sure that both red and blue [shirts] are being looked at in exactly the same way," said O'Shea following the Wales match.

"And we have to make sure we change the perception of people who look at us so that we're officiated on a level playing field."

O'Shea, who played 35 times for Ireland, has made only four changes for Saturday as he seeks "consistency" while promoting internal competition.

Angelo Esposito replaces Giulio Bisegni on the wing while Simone Favaro, rested against Wales, pushes Abraham Steyn on to the replacements bench to take his place in the back row alongside Maxime Mbanda and Sergio Parisse, who will captain the Azzurri for the 75th time on his 123rd appearance.

Dries Van Schalkwyk replaces George Biagi to partner Marco Fuser in the second row while Leonardo Ghiraldini comes in for Ornel Gega at hooker.

After a promising start on his Six Nations coaching debut, O'Shea now faces his country for the first time in the same role but said: "Ireland is where my family is, where my home is and where I spend my holidays.

"But right now my only priority is rugby with Italy. I'm not thinking about Ireland, but about us.

"We've got a mountain to climb for 80 minutes and I'm hoping for a great all-round performance this weekend."

Players to watch: 

For Italy: You can't ignore inspirational captain Sergio Parisse, who was the standout performer for his team against Wales last weekend. Scrumhalf Edoardo Gori is dangerous around the rucks and he has a neat pass on him as well. Wing Giovanbattista Venditti is dangerous when given a bit of space, while substitute Michele Campagnaro is one of the best runners with the ball Italy has had in a long time.

For Ireland: Captain Rory Best leads by example, while lock Devin Toner is a monster in the physical exchanges. Flank Christiaan Stander is one of the best players in the world in his position and will be a threat at the breakdowns. Scrumhalf Conor Murray makes good decisions on the field and he is one of the best passers in the game, while wing Keith Earls is lighting fast out wide.

Head to head: The two No.8s, Sergio Parisse and Jamie Heaslip, provide much-needed grunt for their respective team and they will also be key in getting their sides over the advantage line. The set pieces will also be vital once again and the tight fives will be trying to put their teams on the front foot. At the back, flyhalf Carlo Canna will be want show that he has more to his game when he comes up against Paddy Jackson.

Recent results:
2016: Ireland won 58-15, Dublin
2015: Ireland won 16-9, London (WC Pool match)
2015: Ireland won 26-3, Rome
2014: Ireland won 46-7, Dublin
2013: Italy won 22-15, Rome
2012: Ireland won 42-10, Dublin
2011: Ireland won 36-6, Dunedin (WC Pool match)
2011: Ireland won 13-11, Rome
2010: Ireland won 29-11, Dublin
2009: Ireland won 38-9, Rome

Prediction: Italy will put up a good fight, but expect Ireland to bounce back from their defeat to Scotland and win by 15 points at least.

Teams:

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 Dries Van Schalkwyk, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 George Biagi, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Michele Campagnaro.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Christiaan Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 John Ryan, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Keatley,  22 Craig Gilroy.

Date: Saturday, February 11
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 15.25 (14.25 GMT)
Expected weather: It will be partly cloudy with a high of 17°C with a slight breeze 
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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Stander shines for Ireland in Rome

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:13

REPORT: A hat-trick of tries for Christiaan Stander and Craig Gilroy, and nine conversions from flyhalf Paddy Jackson, relaunched Ireland's Six Nations title hopes Saturday with a record 63-10 win over Italy in Rome.

Ireland, the 2015 champions, arrived in the Eternal City looking to make amends for a 22-27 defeat at Murrayfield when Scotland scored three tries in the opening half hour.

And Joe Schmidt's men left the "Colosseum" of the Stadio Olimpico with no doubts as to their tournament credentials.

Ireland's previous highest score against Italy was a 60-13 win at Lansdowne Road in March 2000. This win was their highest against Italy away from home. 

Although Italy made amends for a 7-33 defeat to Wales with far better discipline, Conor O'Shea's men were dominated for long periods and, worryingly, saw their defence collapse in a completely one-sided second half.

O'Shea, who played 35 times for Ireland as a fullback, had asked for a disciplined performance after shipping 15 penalties to Wales.

But in doing so, Italy's game elsewhere suffered. 

Ireland thought they had a try on 11 minutes only for Angelo Esposito's timely block on Simon Zebo to force the Irish centre to lose possession at the point of touchdown.

But their opener came a minute later, the Azzurri defence spread thinly as the ball was fed out to Keith Earls on the right flank. The first of Jackson's conversions gave Ireland a 7-0 lead inside the quarter-hour.

Italy reduced arrears quickly thanks to Carlo Canna's 16th-minute penalty after Ireland were caught offside.

But the hosts were on the back foot immediately, Parisse coming to the rescue twice with saving tackles before Italy's defence caved in when Stander collected Zebo's skip pass to touch down past the left corner flag.

Jackson's conversion bobbled over for a 14-3 lead. 

Faint Italian hopes were often cut short by handling errors, and a tight Irish defence intent on making amends for their poor start to Scotland last week. 

And the Azzurri's reputed defence was not up to scratch either.

It took a double-team effort from Parisse and Esposito to stop Zebo when he burst into the 22.

From a ruck moments later, fast Irish hands moved the ball out to the right channel, where Earls was left on his own to run over unhindered, Jackson converting for a 21-3 lead.

When Italy's opening try came on 32 minutes, it was down to Irish indiscipline, referee Glen Jackson awarding a penalty try after the visitors collapsed the line-out drive.

Ireland were without Donnacha Ryan after his yellow card, but made light of his absence minutes later when Stander touched over for his second try to secure a fourth-try bonus point for the visitors. 

Jackson converted on 36 minutes for a 28-10 first-half lead that left Italy in disarray.

Almost from kick-off, Italy's defence was under intense pressure. Ryan returned on 44 minutes and Italy buckled two minutes later when Stander collected Conor Murray's offload from a ruck outside the 22 to skip round a series of tackles and seal his hat-trick.

Jackson kicked his fifth conversion for a 35-10 lead. 

Italy offered a glimpse of promise when Canna collected from the ruck to carry 20 yards to the tryline, but Ireland responded with some great, flowing rugby.

Schmidt made a series of changes for the final quarter and the fresh legs were too much for Italy, Gilroy touching over the first of his hat-trick on 68 minutes after skipping inside his marker outside the 22 and running home.

Inspired, Garry Ringrose pulled off a similar move four minutes later, with Gilroy completing his hat-trick with a brace of tries in the final minutes.

Man of the match: Flank Christiaan Stander is one of the best players in the world at the moment. He was a colossus in open play and scored three tries as well - he deserves the award. Special mention also goes to wing Keith Earls for his two tries as well.

Moment of the match: Ireland became the first team to bag a four-try bonus point when Christiaan Stander went over for the second of his three tries. 

Villain of the match: It was a good game, so no one

The scorers:

For Italy:
Try: Penalty Try
Con: Canna
Pen: Canna

For Ireland:
Tries: Earls 2, Stander 3, Gilroy 3, Ringrose
Cons: Jackson 9

Yellow card: Donnacha Ryan (Ireland, 31 - cynical play, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 Dries Van Schalkwyk, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 George Biagi, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Michele Campagnaro.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Christiaan Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 John Ryan, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Keatley,  23 Craig Gilroy.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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TRIES
Keith Earls (12min), Christiaan Stander (17min), Keith Earls (26min), Christiaan Stander (34min), Christiaan Stander (45min), Craig Gilroy (67min), Garry Ringrose (71min), Craig Gilroy (77min), and Craig Gilroy (80min)
Carlo Canna (32min)
CONVERSIONS
Paddy Jackson (13min), Paddy Jackson (19min), Paddy Jackson (27min), Paddy Jackson (35min), Paddy Jackson (46min), Paddy Jackson (68min), Paddy Jackson (72min), Paddy Jackson (78min), and Paddy Jackson (81min)
Carlo Canna (15min)
PENALTIES
31min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Donnacha Ryan (31min)
 
 
VENUE Rome
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)