Italy competes but takes little away from Ireland

Six Nations rugby update

Jack White
March 1, 2012

Italy made the trip to Dublin for its February 25 RBS Six Nations encounter with Ireland, and after showing great promise against England two weeks ago, the Azzurri were seeking to challenge the Paddies.

 

The first half was an even affair, with both sides well matched and captain Sergio Parisse, as ever, leading from the front for Italy. Tobias Botes opened scoring with a well-taken penalty after 8 minutes to grab the lead, but Sexton replied for Ireland 2 minutes later with a penalty, before Keith Earls ran in an Irish try that was duly converted on 16 minutes by Sexton, bringing the score to 10-3.

 

A sustained period of Italian possession saw them pose a continued threat toward the end of the first half. Tommy Bowe had the final say of the half when he ran in a 40th minute Irish to which Sexton added, leaving the score 17-10 at the break.

 

The second half opened much the same as the first, though Italian errors were mounting and Sexton punished with two penalty kicks, upping the score to 23-10 after 60 minutes before Bowe crossed again for the Irish after exciting backs movement, a try once again converted by Sexton, to widen the gap to 30-10.

 

By this time, Italy was looking tired and Ireland did not have to exert any great pressure to gain further scores, with another two tries coming courtesy of Tom Court and Andrew Trimble, the first of which was converted, to reach the final score at 42-10.

 

The next game is away, on March 12 in Wales, a team that is in scintillating form at present, and the match promises to be a tough step for the Italians, who as of February 25, sit at the bottom of the standings, with 0 points.

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