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80 Italy attempt a late drop goal, but it comes up well short as Fitzgerald calls a mark. The Irish full-back boots it into touch. There goes the full-time whistle. Ireland have held on for a dramatic victory. Heartbreak for the Italians! Thanks for joining us
78 DROP GOAL IRELAND! RONAN O'GARA. ITALY 11 IRELAND 13. O'Gara slots a fantastic drop-goal to put Ireland back in front. What a finish to this game.
76 Bergamasco fails to add the extras.
74 TRY ITALY! Luke McLean. ITALY 11 IRELAND 10. Italy take from the line-out, they take it through the phases before the ball is spread wide to Luke McLean, who crashes over for a great try.
73 IRELAND YELLOW CARD.Denis Leamy will spend ten minutes in the bin for putting his hands into the ruck. Italy win a penalty which they kick into touch on the Ireland 5m line.
71 Sergio Parisse picks up from the back of the scrum and Italy take it through the phases before they spread it wide to Gonzalo Canale, who is brought down just short. Italy recycle and swing the ball to Martin Castrogiovanni, who knocks on. Ireland clear to safety.
69 Italy win another penalty as Ireland collapse the scrum again. The referee has a word with Brian O'Driscoll, if Ireland infringe again we could see a penalty try here.
68 The scrum collapses and the ref awards a retake. Can Italy convert pressure into points?
66 Italy win good line-out ball and drive it up 25 m to the Irish line. The Azzuri win a penalty right in front. The Italians opt for the scrum. They want five points!
65 Ireland make a change of their own as veteran Ronan O'Gara replaces Jonathan Sexton.
64 Italy make another change as Fabio Ongaro comes on for Leonardo Ghiraldini.
63 Sean O'Brien knocks-on as Ireland fail to capitalise on a two-man overlap.
61 Canale knocks-on and Ireland drive the Italians all the way back to their own 22m.
60 Italy doing well to take it through the phases here as they enjoy their best passage of play in the second period. Can they find some points to reward all their efforts?
57 A great passage of play by Ireland comes to nothing as O'Driscoll sends a pass out wide to Fitzgerald, who is unmarked, but the full-back fails to hold on and the ball goes out for an Italian line-out.
56 Italy make another change as Carlo Del Fava comes on for Santiago Dellape.
55 Great play from Ireland as they manage to turn the ball over, Sexton punts it down field. The Irish fly-half puts it into touch on the Italy 22m.
53 Italy win a penalty on the halfway line as Paul O'Connell puts his hands into the ruck. Italy have a good attacking line-out on the Irish 22m line.
51 Gordon D'Arcy drops another pass. The Irish centre just can't seem to catch the ball today. Scrum Italy on the halfway line.
50 Italy make another change as they attempt to halt the Ireland's momentum. Valerio Bernabo replaces Josh Sole.
48 Paulo Canavosio hoists a box kick, which Fitzgerald gathers easily and Ireland launch a counter attack.
47 Ireland attempt to run it in their own half, Sexton sends a looping pass out wide, but Sergio Parisse comes within inches of intercepting the pass, but the big number eight just can't hold on as he knocks it forward.
43 TRY IRELAND! BRIAN O'DRISCOLL . ITALY 6 IRELAND 8. O'Driscoll crashes over to wrap up a wonderful phase of play by the visitors.
42 Ireland have a wonderful opportunity to put points on the board here with another attacking scrum after they manage to disrupt the Italian line-out.
41 The second period is underway. Ireland win an attacking scrum 10m out from the Italian line.
40 PENALTY ITALY! MIRCO BERGAMASCO. ITALY 6 IRELAND 3. Bergamasco gives Italy the advantage as the whistle goes for half-time.
39 Kris Burton attempts a drop-goal, but his effort is miles off target. Italy continue to put the pressure on a poor Ireland side.
37 Italy have an attacking line-out on the Ireland 22m line after the visitors are penalised for collapsing the scrum and Bergamasco finds a good touch.
35 Italy are forced to make another change as Andrea Lo Cicero replaces Salvatore Perugini.
32 Ireland are struggling to string together the chances as they continue to make silly errors.
30 Bergamasco hooks it as Nick Mallett's charges fail make use of their opportunity.
29 Italy have the chance to retake the lead as Ireland are penalised on the 10m line for infringing at the breakdown.
27 PENALTY IRELAND! JONATHAN SEXTON. ITALY 3 IRELAND 3.Sexton makes no mistake from right in front as the visitors make it 3-3.
25 Ireland have the chance to draw level as they win a penalty right in front after the Italians fail to roll away after making the tackle.
23 Good scrum by Italy as they drive Ireland back before the visitors collapse the scrum. The Azzuri win a penalty
22 The Italian pressure on defence finally tells as Gordon D'Arcy knocks-on. Italy have a scrum and a chance to get play out of their dangerzone.
21 Ireland win the line-out and go again, O'Driscoll this brought down just short this time after he makes a fantastic run down the left before cutting inside. The Italian defence is standing firm here.
20 A great run by Keith Earls down the sideline after some good ruck ball by Ireland, Earls sends it inside to Fitzgerald, who finds Sexton, but he is brought down just short of the Italian try-line and Italy win a crucial turnover and clear to safety.
18 Italy fail to capitalise on their field position as they give away a penalty for an infringement at the line-out.
16 Ireland win the line-out and drive it up before Tomas O'Leary unleashes the backline, but Gordon D'Arcy knocks-on and Italy collect and win a penalty after one of the Irish players makes a tackle from an offside position. Bergamasco puts it out on the Irish 22 m line.
14 Good line-out by Italy as Alessandro Zanni leaps to swipe the ball out of the air at the set-piece. However, Italy are penalised at the ruck as they try to take it forward. Sexton, who is back on his feet, sends it out just inside the Italian half.
12 Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton seems to be in trouble. Ronan O'Gara is warming up on the sidelines.
10 Early change at scrum-half for Italy. Paulo Canavosio replaces Edoardo Gori.
8 Keith Earls attempts a grubber through at the Italian 22m after Ireland take it through a good few phases. David Wallace collects the kick, but the referee's whistle goes for offside. Wallace was in front of the kicker.
6 PENALTY ITALY! MIRCO BERGAMASCO. ITALY 3 IRELAND 0. Mirco Bergamasco slots a fantastic penalty to give his side the lead.
5 Italy have a chance to take an early lead after Ireland are penalised at the breakdown on their own 10m line.
4 Good scrum by Italy, skipper Sergio Parisse gains good ground after he picks it up at the back of the scrum. Italy take it through a few phases before they lose it forward.
2 Ireland win an early penalty as Luke McLean is penalised for not releasing on the Ireland 10 m line. Sexton puts it into touch inside the Italian half. Ireland win good line-out ball, but David Wallace knocks on. Scrum Italy.
1 Italian fly-half Kris Burton gets us underway. He kicks it deep and it is taken in by new Ireland number eight Sean O'Brien. A bit of aerial ping-pong takes place before O'Leary puts it in touch just inside his own half.
Italy Italy will be without influential number 10 Craig Gower, and star flanker Mauro Bergamasco. Leonardo Ghiraldini, Santiago Dellape and Josh Sole return in the forwards, with Fabio Ongaro, Carlo Del Fava and Robert Barbieri missing out.
Team News Winger Fergus McFadden will make his debut, Tomas O'Leary and Paul O'Connell return after missing the Novermber internaionals due to injury.
A new back row combination contains Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Leinster's Sean O'Brien.
Welcome Hello and a warm welcome from the Stadio Flaminio as Ireland look to follow England's lead from last night. Declan Kidney's outfit will fancy their chances in the 2011 Championship - largely due to home ties with the French and English forthcoming - but many have a sneaking feeling about the Azzurri here today. We shall see...enjoy the action!
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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