Ireland Defeat Italy As Hosts Suffer 30th Successive Six Nations Loss
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Sun 28th February 2021 | 12:34 AM
Ireland got their first Six Nations win this campaign with a 48-10 victory over Italy as the hosts fell to their 30th consecutive defeat in the tournament
Rome, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Feb, 2021 ) :Ireland got their first Six Nations win this campaign with a 48-10 victory over Italy as the hosts fell to their 30th consecutive defeat in the tournament.
Captain Johnny Sexton marked his return with 18 points on the day in the Stadio Olimpico.
"Thankfully we got victory we were desperate for," said Sexton.
"Proud of the way we stick together and very happy to come to a tough place like this and win in such a manner." The Italians had started brightly with fly-half Paolo Garbisi scoring first with an opening penalty.
Johan Meyer had revived Azzurri hopes just before the break with a try which Garbisi converted for their only points of the day.
Sexton returned after recovering from a head knock to make his 50th Six Nations appearance with Robbie Henshaw taking to the field first to mark his 50th cap.
But the hosts failed to make the most of their early pressure and Sexton replied with a penalty two minutes later.
Sexton converted and the Italians' defence paid for ill discipline conceding 10 points in a five-minute spell.
But Connors went over five minutes later for his third international try.
Italy were then hit by captain Luca Bigi picking up a yellow card as the Irish pushed forward.
James Lowe went over following a Casey short pass which was ruled to have been forward.
Casey and Sexton then combined to set up Earls to touch down in the corner with Sexton capping the rout with the conversion before the final whistle.