WATCH: Six Nations Italy 10-63 Ireland highlights of record win
Ireland recorded a record nine-try victory over Italy in the Six Nations.
This was no contest as Ireland are back on track in their hunt for a Six Nations title as they responded to their loss to Scotland by securing an nine-try, bonus point win in the Rome sunshine. It was facile stuff.
Joe Schmidt’s side will be pleased with their performance, if perhaps regretful that they didn’t bring the same levels of application to their task last weekend. They can’t have learned much given the paucity of the effort from Conor O’Shea’s men as CJ Stander ran in a hat-trick and Keith Earls bagged a brace.
ITALY – E Padovani; A Esposito, T Benvenuti (M Campagnaro 49), L McLean, G Venditti; C Canna (T Allan 71), E Gori (G Bronzini 62); A Lovotti (S Panico 64), L Ghiraldini (O Gega 46), L Cittadini (D Chistolini h-t-59); M Fuser, A van Schalkwyk (G Biagi 47); M Mbanda, S Favaro (AJ Steyn 57), S Parisse (capt).
IRELAND – R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw (C Gilroy 48), S Zebo (I Keatley 75); P Jackson, C Murray (K Marmion 69); C Healy (J McGrath 51), N Scannell (J Tracy , T Furlong (J Ryan 54); D Toner (U Dillane 60), D Ryan; CJ Stander, S O’Brien (J vd Flier 69), J Heaslip (capt).
Referee: G Jackson (New Zealand)