Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half

Conor O'Shea

After Ciara Cooney saw her campaign ended by a serious injury in France last week, Ireland's problems continued to mount.

It soured what was an overall positive day for Ireland, but they will feel that they definitely should have left Donnybrook with the bonus point.

England failed to score a point after Farrell converted May's second try and Scott Williams almost crossed for Wales, but was dragged into touch by Sam Underhill.

Bundee Aki's Ireland ran in eight tries in a 59-16 rout of Italy.

Lindsay Peat carried relentlessly throughout and the Italians struggled to cope with the prop's power in the loose.

"I don't mind if we take chances, I think it's good we take chances, but we've got to keep taking responsibility for looking after the ball".

"Obviously Keith Earls looks really, really sharp at the moment, but we haven't opened up really".

We may know more on Henshaw's injury - and on the strains picked up by Jack Conan and Tadhg Furlong - on Monday.

Not deterred by the lengthy stoppage for Miller's injury, Ireland went over for the opening try after nine minutes when Megan Williams, who was winning her second cap, capitalised on an overlap out wide.

Italy reduced the deficit through the boot of Michela Sillari right on the whistle.

The Leinster man could have marked his bow with a late try but was stopped short of the line.

Next up for Ireland is Wales in two weeks.

"We will want to tidy that up before we get to Wales". "I think we have only lost one game here since we started".

Aki bagged his first Test try on his fourth cap as Ireland overwhelmed the Italians - but insisted that that worldwide first does not cement his rise in Schmidt's ranks.

"All I can do is learn from the mistakes I made and just grow from them, try to improve week on week and put the work in".

We are very structured, we're definitely hard to play against, opposition find it very frustrating because we dominate territory and possession.

Conor O'Shea, the Italy head coach, will have found encouragement in the Azzurri's performance against England, picking up tries by stretching the defence and some good phases of play, but ultimately, Ireland should be way too strong and should complete a hat-trick of demolition jobs on the visitors. Off The Ball's Adrian Barry was hosting the Aviva Fan Studio during the interval, and former Munster star Donnacha Ryan was asked is it time to give other nations, such as Georgia or Romania, a place in the tournament instead of Italy.



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