Feb 10, 2018 at 2.15pm UK
Henshaw (11', 44'), Murray (14'), Aki (21'), Earls (35'), Best (53'), Stockdale (60', 70')
Allan (56'), Gori (66'), Minozzi (75')

Result: Ireland score eight tries to ease past Italy in Six Nations

Result: Ireland ease past Italy
Ireland score eight tries as they ease to a 56-19 bonus-point win over Italy in Dublin in the second round of the Six Nations on Saturday afternoon.

Ireland scored eight tries as they eased to a 56-19 bonus-point win over Italy in Dublin in the second round of the Six Nations on Saturday afternoon.

The Men in Green did concede three tries in the second half after keeping Italy out in the first period, but Joe Schmidt's side were rarely tested in earning their second victory of the tournament.

It was a better performance from Schmidt's men following last weekend's 15-13 win over France, as centre Robbie Henshaw and left wing Jacob Stockdale both crossed for braces.

Ireland took advantage of a frantic first five minutes - both sides spread the ball wide, but the Men in Green won the first lineout after Italy failed to keep the ball alive.

The hosts suffered an early setback as prop Tadgh Furlong suffered a hamstring injury, but Ireland pressed on regardless - they were in front after 11 minutes when Henshaw ran a strong line between two Italian defenders and burst over from close in.

The Men in Green added a second try three minutes later when number eight Jack Conan and scrum-half Conor Murray combined to send the latter over the whitewash.

Italy had failed to muster any meaningful possession in their opponents' half, and were pushed back into their own 22 once more when Bundee Aki bundled over after a strong scrum drive.

Schmidt's side earned their bonus point after 35 minutes as Aki, who sold a dummy to the Italian defence, accelerated through the gap before switching the ball outside to a supporting Keith Earls. The winger made no mistake with the finish.

It took 39 minutes for Italy to register any potential threat, but Braam Steyn failed to keep the ball in his grasp from a lineout.

Ireland wasted no time in extending their 28-0 advantage, as Henshaw crossed for his second try four minutes after the restart. The centre intercepted a loose Sergio Parisse pass to run clear, but a late challenge from Tommaso Benvenuti saw the Irishman injure his arm going over the whitewash.

Italy did get on the scoresheet following a further Rory Best effort for Ireland, but Tommasso Allan's score in the 56th minute and replacement Edoardo Gori's try were consolations in proceedings.

Stockdale outpaced an Italy defender to cross for his second, before Italy earned their third try as full-back Matteo Minozzi beat Jordan Larmour to the corner to squeeze over.

The visitors could have left Rome with a bonus point of their own late on, but Earls raced back towards his own line to pull down Mattia Bellini.

Ireland play Wales in round three next weekend, while Italy face France.

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