A rampant Ireland easily put away their Paris stutters by defeating Italy 56-19 at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
In a game that Ireland were expected to win, Joe Schmidt’s men scored eight tries to put away a poor Italy side in Dublin.
Ireland who showed their dominance early on had the bonus point wrapped before half time as Henshaw, Murray, Aki and Earls crossed over the whitewash to give themselves a 28 point lead at the break.
The second half seen much of the same as Ireland pressed home their advantage Henshaw and Best added two more tries before Stockdale added two late on.
There was cause for concern for Schmidt as a plucky Italian side seemingly found a spell of resurgence when Allan, Gori and Minozzi added three tries before and after Stockdale’s two tries.
Ireland will be more than happy with the convincing result, although they will have plenty to think about before Wales visit Dublin in two weeks time.
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