Ireland came into the game knowing they needed a bonus point win after last weeks loss against Scotland. They started brightly, using the hands to open up some space for Keith Earls to race in. Paddy Jackson converted from outwide.
Carlo Canna struck a penalty for Italy but it was short lived because Ireland were in again down the blindside through CJ Stander. It was all too easy and after another Jackson conversion, Keith Earls was scoring again after a good decoy run move.
It wasn’t all bad for the Azzuri as they were awarded a penalty try after a maul looked promising and was illegally collapsed. Donnacha Ryan was also sent to the sin bin.
Ireland decided to play Italy at their game and set up a strong maul. They didn’t set up a move however, they just gave the ball to CJ Stander who combined with Robbie Henshaw and drove over for his second try of the game.
Connor Murray had been rather quite for his standards but he supplied a great short ball to Stander who yet again burst through some weak Italian tackling and paced in for his hatrick despite being high tackled in the act.
Italy seemed to have given up and were playing from all angled of the pitch. Angelo Esposito picked up some pace but knocked the ball on in contact. Sean O’Brien picked the ball up and pass to Stander who in turned passed to substitute Craig Gilroy. Gilroy dummied and paced in from distance to finish off a well worked try.
Garry Ringrose was then in for another Irsih score when him and Jackson’s scissor move worked a treat and he gassed in from half way.
Italy were being torn apart and when CJ Stander kicked over the top, a horrible bounce from Italy’s perpective landed in the arms of Gilroy who was in for his second as well.
That was topped off when he was in for a third as the clock turned red. Craig Gilroy had come off the bench and Paddy Jackson supplied the killer pass with set him up for his hatrick. Sensational!
Italy had been run ragged and Ireland had played ruthlessly until the death consequently, the Azzuri had been obliterated!