Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
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Ireland rattle Italy at Aviva

Ireland rattle Italy at Aviva

Get your weekend sorted with our guide to live streaming the Ireland vs Italy Six Nations 2018 match. Ireland, meanwhile, squeezed a last-gasp victory over France, with Johnny Sexton's stunning overtime drop-goal securing them a 15-13 win on the opening weekend.

But fans at least went home happy after a routine win in which five players - one starter and four replacements - got their first taste of the Six Nations. As a result Jordan Larmour was sprung from the bench to make his global debut.

Italy made three changes from the loss to England, with Braam Steyn, Nicola Quaglio and Luca Bigi all selected. Now early in the second-half Robbie Henshaw has been forced off with what appears to be a really serious injury.

The Italians were left shell-shocked when Bundee Aki crashed over to mark the 27-year-old New Zealand-born centre's first try for his adopted country leaving the Irish just one try short of their bonus point aim with only 20 minutes gone.

She noted all of the changes Ireland had made to the side that had started the game as a potential reason for the score conceded in the second half, and claimed concentration came be a problem in games when a side is winning comfortably, as "it's hard sometimes to build yourself up when you're winning by so much".


An update is expected on Sunday after Henshaw has a scan on the injury.

Jonathan Sexton on fine form kicking all the conversions, including Henshaws second, he was later replaced by Joey Carbery who kept on the stats, following further scores from Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale, who scored twice.

"I think it is always nice when you get a compliment from an opposition captain, but ultimately we will look at this game and see there are a lot of things that we can do a lot better, especially in the second half", said Best.

Henshaw opened the scoring in the 12th minute and, two minutes later, Conor Murray scored the pick of Ireland's tries after great hands by Conor Murray.

Stockdale soon had his second and Ireland's eighth before Italy grabbed a third late on through Matteo Minozzi.

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