Eire dig deep to disclaim Italy a memorable victory

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Italy 16 Eire 26

Eire claimed a full 5 factors in Rome however they’ll get only a few marks for type after a shabby efficiency on the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Eire trailed 12-16 at half-time after Edoardo Padovani and Luca Morisi ran in tries within the remaining 10 minutes of the primary half in opposition to a porous Irish defence.

Quinn Roux and Jacob Stockdale had additionally obtained over for Eire earlier than the break and tries from Keith Earls and Conor Murray noticed the guests flip issues round after the break.

Roux compelled his method over the Italy line from shut vary to attain his first worldwide attempt, with Johnny Sexton including the conversion to provide Eire a 7-Zero lead.

Seán O’Brien performed the ball offside handy Tommaso Allan a primary shot at aim, however the Italy outhalf dragged his penalty effort extensive.

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Eire’s Tadhg Furlong is tackled by Leonardo Ghiraldini of Italy in the course of the Six Nations match in opposition to Italy on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. : Billy Stickland/Inpho

O’Brien was shortly pinged once more, this time for killing the ball at a ruck.

And Allan made no mistake along with his second penalty shot, chopping Eire’s result in 7-Three.

Stockdale scored virtually straight from kick-off, nevertheless, with Italy bungling the restart and the Ulster wing flying residence for a easy end.

Sexton missed the testing conversion, for Eire to guide 12-Three, which was fast to chop again to 12-6 by one other Allan penalty.

Scrumhalf Tito Tebaldi’s effective turnover penalty put Italy again on the entrance foot and Conor O’Shea’s males ultimately compelled a breakthrough.

Eire overthrew one other lineout and Italy raced again onto the assault, with Padovani supplying the simple end after Allan’s extensive ball excessive.

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Allan missed the conversion although, leaving Eire main 12-11.

Centre Morisi sniped over to place Italy in entrance after Tebaldi stole the ball at a ruck deep in his personal 22 and set in movement a field-length break.

Allan missed the conversion, however Italy led 16-12 and carried that benefit into the break.

Hooker Seán Cronin was changed inside 50 minutes with Niall Scannell introduced into the fray.

Eire pressed with function and Earls stepped in to wrestle again the lead, vindicating Murray’s quick-tap penalty.

Murray slotted the conversion, with Sexton showing to be hindered by a minor leg criticism, for Eire to guide 19-16.

Eire went searching the bonus-point rating, however Murray had the ball knocked out of his hand after a penalty lineout, and Italy cleared.

Eire prolonged their lead within the 67th minute. A strong drive from a lineout resulted in Murray breaking from the pack and stretching to seal the attempt.

The scrumhalf additionally knocked over the conversion to settle Irish nerves and take the result in 10 factors at 26-16.


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