Ireland beat Italy as they hosted 30 consecutive defeats

Ireland beat Italy as they hosted 30 consecutive defeats

Ireland beat the top six nations 48-10 against Dublin-Italy in their 30th consecutive defeat in the tournament.

The efforts of Gary Ringross, Hugo Keenan and Will Connors lifted the Irishman to 27-10 at half-time.

CJ Stonder, Connors, Keith Earls, added three more after the break, for the Irish bonus point victory over France and Wales, who lost their first two matches.

Captain Johnny Sexton returned to the stadium Olympics with 18 points.

“Fortunately we succeeded and wanted to,” Sexton said.

“Some great things, especially in the first half, made us think we were the best.

“That doesn’t mean we’ve fixed, we have to move on. It’s a great test at Moorefield (against Scotland) and a six – day move against England.”

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The Italians got off to a great start when Paulo Corpic scored the first goal through an opening penalty.

Shortly before the break, Johann Meyer renewed Assouri’s confidence and transformed Carpis at the same points of the day.

Italy’s six – year drought continues as Franco Smith’s team has not won a single game since beating Scotland at Murrayfield in 2015.

The only Irish trio to escape a clash on duty on Saturday, along with Irene Henderson, Dave Gilcoin and Cian Healy, did not beat Assyria Ireland.

“We’ll not be like Ireland today,” Smith admitted, adding 139 points and 19 attempts in his last three games.

“This is very difficult. Italy is waiting for all the victories. We are always fighting to give it to them.”

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