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:IrishRugby: :ItalianRugby: #IREvITA Match Thread

Last match of the #6Nations #Rugby this weekend is #Italy visiting #Ireland

Last year was no walkover, with Italy scoring 20 to Ireland's 34.

Anthems are done, some wee lad just belted out Ireland's Call and we are ready to kick off.

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Italy working well from that gimme lineout.

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@rugby honest to goodness pressure leads to a penalty for Italy in kickable distance. Great start if it's put on the board.

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@rugby All started from a quick tap from a marked catch, just solid phases ending with three green on one blue for well-worked try for Jack Crowley, his first international try.

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@rugby something the kickers know that we don't weather wise, but Crowley misses the conversion.

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@rugby Italy knock-on, Ireland kick to touch, one yard out from the try line. Ireland's maul fails as Italy force an error and Ireland are penalised. Good defense from the

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@rugby first scrum is blue put-in. Italy get a free kick but fail to find touch. Still, good Italy pressure.

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@rugby Italy are clearly capable of moving the ball around, but not quite got the finishing touches to turn it into points.

Good to see the confidence, need some fine detail in the margins.

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@rugby some beautiful hand-offs in contact and Ireland create an overlap seemingly out of nothing, second try. Lovely to watch, flowing and well supported.

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@rugby can we puhlease get some protection on these box kicks?

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@rugby agh, Italy really trying to counter-ruck but time after time a little knock-on and it's all for naught.

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@rugby Ireland forego a kickable penalty and head for the corner instead. Clean lineout, dominant maul, third try on the board for Ireland. Italy have had plenty of possession and have put some decent pressure on here and there, but no points to show for it at all.

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Half time.

Ireland jogs off, Italy walking.

Pretty much sums up the half.

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@rugby Second half underway, I hope Italy have some responses up their sleeve. We have to get past foregone conclusions at this level of tournament.

Solid scrum from Italy there.

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@rugby Henshaw throws a ball with some airbender time warp corkscrew skills. Looks forward but seems to change direction mid flight.

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Bonus point try for Ireland from a textbook maul breakaway.

24 unanswered points.

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Italy pull a rabbit out of the hat holding Sheehan up at the line.

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Forward pass?

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Apparently not.

TMO reviewing something.

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Really impressive defense fro Italy today, no question.

I think every sub available just came on.

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Yeuch, Menoncello gets a yellow for tripping. Italy down to 14 and still no points on the board.

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Oof. Capuozzo gets hit so hard I feel it myself.

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Well.

Um.

Ho hum.

Certainly expected one of the best teams on the planet to win today, but seeing a zero on the score board just doesn't sit well.

Two weeks to wash this taste out, next match is Feb 25, Ireland v Wales - should be a highly entertaining match up.

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@jaz @rugby I really want Italy to live up to the potential they’ve so clearly had the past few years. When they hit their stride, they’re a joy to watch, but they just seem to choke in the face of stiff competition, which is unfortunately all five of the other six nations.

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@jaz @rugby Ireland barely put a foot wrong. Italy could barely string 2 phases together. Inevitable outcome.

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@jaz @rugby ...if you're Irish! ;-)

We should send the U20s out there. No point risking injuries in an Irish training run.

VoquiLeibbrandt,

@jaz @rugby Maybe the next season of 6 nations has to be : South Eire - North Eire - Brit - Wal - Scot and guest : France

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@jaz @rugby I gave to be honest; I’m quite bored watching this game.

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