Ireland score eight tries to ease past Italy in Six Nations

Ireland score eight tries to ease past Italy in Six Nations

This thumping eight-try success was both predicted and predictable and was lapped up by the raucous Irish support at the Aviva Stadium.

Facing Irishman Conor O'Shea's side in Dublin, the hosts ran in eight tries as they won 56-19.

Get your weekend sorted with our guide to live streaming the Ireland vs Italy Six Nations 2018 match. Ireland were the only team in the tournament that failed to score a try last weekend, and needed a long-distance drop-goal from Johnny Sexton to snatch victory.

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.

Dan Leavy makes his first global start coming in for the injured Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut at number 8, while there are also starts for Devon Toner and Jack McGrath. As a result Jordan Larmour was sprung from the bench to make his worldwide debut.

The changes are all in the pack, with Luca Bigi is in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Nicola Quaglio at loosehead replacing Andrea Lovotti and Braam Steyn at openside in for Renato Giammarioli.

Jordan Larmour puts Italian player on the floor during Six Nations rout

In a gruesome incident, the 24-year-old touched down early in the second half and appeared to dislocate his shoulder in the process.

Ireland kept the ball in hand early on and were three tries to the good after 20 minutes thanks to Henshaw, Bundee Aki and the pick from Conor Murray.

Sexton's third conversion made it 21-0 after 21 minutes and in the 36th minute some fine work at the breakdown from Dan Leavy led to a fine break from Aki before Keith Earls burst clear to score.

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

Tommaso Allan, Eduardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi got on the board in the second half.

Ireland captain Rory Best, who scored his ninth try for Ireland when he barged over for his side's sixth of the afternoon, was pleased with Parisse's assessment of their performance.

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