6 Nations 2017 – 2nd Round – Part 1

Round two saw Ireland travel to Italy, England cross the Severn Bridge for a trip to the Principality stadium and Scotland away to France.

Ireland, still without an injured Johnny Sexton were up first; in dry and mild conditions in Rome.  Ireland came out strong fighting against the blue defence, possession was lost due to an Irish knock resulting in an Italian scrum.   After 1o minutes of hard fought play Ireland made it over the try line, but the TMO proved the ball out of control with a no try verdict. Not deterred Ireland continued putting the pressure on rewarded by a Try from Keith Earls at 12 minutes, swiftly converted by Paddy Jackson.

In response a penalty for Italy started their attack on the score line.  Ireland continued to rest the Italian defence; with CJ Stander scoring Try number two for Ireland in the 18th minute, again converted by Jackson.   Twenty five minutes saw another Try for Earls, successfully converted making the score 3-21.   Italy were then to gain from the penalty try rules; which resulted in a yellow card against the culprit of the collapsing maul.  Shortly after Ireland responded with a historic fourth Try and the second for CJ Stander, with the conversion adding to the total.

Five minutes into the second half saw Irelands fifth Try; a hat trick for Stander added to with an albeit scrappy conversion.  The second half continued with slow scrappy play until the 67th minute saw try number 6 for Ireland.  They had not stopped there, a further 3 Trys were soon to follow; a hat trick from the late replacement, Craig Gilroy with a final score line of 10:63.

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