Italy v Ireland

Date:

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)

Attendance: 57,700

Italy v Ireland Match Reports

Ireland began the defence of their Six Nations title with a 26-3 victory over Italy at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. A stubborn Italian defence kept the Irish attack at bay for 64 minutes, until Conor Murray and Tommy O'Donnell scored two quick tries to take the match away from Italy. Italy pushed hard for a consolation try in the closing minutes, but Haimona's touchdown was disallowed by the TMO. A selection of match reports is listed below:

Italy v Ireland Match Highlights

Italy v Ireland Match Statistics

Italy 3 (3)
Penalties: Haimona

Ireland 26 (9)
Tries: Murray, O'Donnell
Conversions: Keatley, Madigan
Penalties: Keatley (4)

Man of the Match: Conor Murray (Ireland)

Italy v Ireland - Team Line-ups

Italy Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Matias Aguero
  • 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • 3 Martin Castrogiovanni
  • 4 Joshua Furno
  • 5 George Fabio Biagi
  • 6 Alessandro Zanni
  • 7 Francesco Minto
  • 8 Sergio Parisse (Captain)

Backs

  • 9 Edoardo Gori
  • 10 Kelly Haimona
  • 11 Luke Mclean
  • 12 Luca Morisi
  • 13 Michele Campagnaro
  • 14 Leonardo Sarto
  • 15 Andrea Masi

Replacements

  • 16 Andrea Manici
  • 17 Alberto De Marchi
  • 18 Dario Chistolini
  • 19 Marco Fuser
  • 20 Marco Barbini
  • 21 Guglielmo Palazzani
  • 22 Tommaso Allan
  • 23 Giovambattista Venditti

Ireland Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Jack McGrath
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 3 Mike Ross
  • 4 Devin Toner
  • 5 Paul O'Connell (Captain)
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 7 Sean O'Brien
  • 8 Jordi Murphy

Backs

  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Ian Keatley
  • 11 Simon Zebo
  • 12 Robbie Henshaw
  • 13 Jared Payne
  • 14 Tommy Bowe
  • 15 Rob Kearney

Replacements

  • 16 Sean Cronin
  • 17 James Cronin
  • 18 Martin Moore
  • 19 Iain Henderson
  • 20 Tommy O'Donnell
  • 21 Isaac Boss
  • 22 Ian Madigan
  • 23 Felix Jones
 
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