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Six Nations: Jacob Stockdale steals the show as Ireland cruise to blistering bonus-point win over Italy

Ireland 56-19 Italy

Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale scored two tries as Ireland completed a stunning bonus point victory over Italy in their second Six Nations fixture.

Stockdale scored his first two Six Nations scores in the eight-try success to take his Ireland tally to six in six international tests.

Captain Rory Best also went over but it was Stockdale's second try that was the score of the day, an interception and a 50 metre carry taking him over the line.

Ireland had secured the bonus point by half-time, four first-half tries securing a 28-0 advantage, all expertly converted by Johnny Sexton.

Robbie Henshaw was first to go over from close range and Conor Murray soon followed, well assisted by Jack Conan.

A strong carry from Bundee Aki provided the third score and the Connacht man led the break to set up Keith Earls to secure the bonus point before the break.

Henshaw bagged his second try of the day early in the second half, also converted by Sexton, but injured himself in the process and was immediately replaced by Jordan Larmour.

The Ulster players then got in on the act. First Rory Best crashed over after a maul for converted try number six, substitute Joey Carbery this time on target.

Tommaso Allan scored a consolation try for the visitors before Sexton walked over another Ireland try, again converted by Carbery.

Edoardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi scored another two tries for the visitors either side of Stockdale's show-stopping effort, which was followed by another Carbery conversion.

England host Wales at 4.45pm on Saturday evening before Scotland host France on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

Here's the match as it happened:

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