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  • Venditti,
    Penalty goals: Orquera (4), Garcia,
    Conversions: Orquera,
22 - 15


  • Penalty goals: Jackson (5),
  • RBS Six Nations
  • 16th Mar 2013
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Stadio Flaminio, Rome
  • Att: 60,000

Italy v Ireland - Live

Last updated: 16th March 2013  

Full Time ITALY 22-15 IRELAND

Penalty PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 22-15 Orquera sends the ball through the posts and Italy win! Phenomenal performance from the Azzurri. Ireland hampered by injuries but even so, Kidney's future looks very bleak indeed. A bitter end to a frustrating tournament for Ireland, but Italy are making progress.

79 Time ticking away and Italy have a penalty in front of the posts! We're into injury time.

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, MURRAY! Time running out on Ireland now as they attack, struggling to find a breakthrough. Madigan caught in possession and Parisse counters, penalty advantage to Italy and another yellow card! Murray sent to the bin for tripping.

74 Murray's clearance kick is ineffective and Italy keep the pressure on. Driving maul inside Ireland's half, Parisse breaks. Loose pass is knocked on by Garcia.

72 Replays showing Ryan's late hit that saw him sent to the bin. Italy pressing forward again but Ireland cling on, scrum to the visitors inside their 22.

Penalty PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 19-15 The fly-half makes no mistake - Italy dreaming two wins in the Six Nations for the first time since 2007.

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, RYAN! Penalty to Italy after Ireland collapse the maul, another chance for points for the Azzurri. Further proof this afternoon that Italy are improving under Jacques Brunel. Donnacha Ryan sent to the sin-bin.

66 Penalty to Italy from the resulting scrum, Garcia lining up another long-range attempt. It falls short and wide.

66 Nasty collision in the air between Craig Gilroy and Edoardo Gori, who lands horrendously. Play stopped, no dangerous play ruled by Wayne Barnes and Italy have the scrum.

64 Andrea Lo Cicero departs with tears in his eyes, Italy's most-capped player of all time leaving the field for the last time.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-15 Ireland take the penalty and Jackson chips it over to narrow the gap to just a single point. Sergio Parisse back on the field.

60 Free kick to Ireland from the scrum - series of drives before a looped pass from Madigan finds McCarthy in space. Ireland into the 22, the visitors have come alive. Madigan and O'Driscoll pulling the strings as Ireland sit three metres out. Chants of Italian ring out as the hosts drive Ireland back.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-12 Penalty to Ireland as Qeldenhuys is penalised for not releasing - good work on the floor from O'Driscoll. Jackson going for goal... it's over! Excellent long-range effort from Jackson.

55 Promising Italian attack falls apart from a knock on after some excellent handling from Gori, Masi and Zanni. Scrum to Ireland rooted in their 22.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-9 Jackson lands the three points to bring Ireland back within seven.

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, ITALY, PARISSE! O'Driscoll with a sumptuous offload as Ireland look to hit back. Penalty advantage and Sergio Parisse is sent to the bin for a trip.

TRY TRY, ITALY, VENDETTI! 16-6 - Italy are over! Vendetti goes low in the right-hand corner and Orquera converts for a ten-point lead. Huge roar in the Stadio Olimpico.

46 Kick through from Orquera is pounced on by Gilroy, but the Irish winger carries the ball over so Italy have a five metre scrum. Parisse goes blind but is met by Henderson - wide to the right as Masi is stopped short. Vendetti has a burst, Italy into their 8th phase and have an advantage... upstairs to the TMO.

45 Italian lineout on the 22 is taken by Furno with the tips of his fingers. Power from Zanni down the left a Italy close in on the Irish try line.

43 Italy with the lineout after it comes off Kearney's hands - claimed by Zanni. The Azzurri using the mail before going wide, but the hosts are penalised for crossing. Ireland clear.

40 Paddy Jackson starts off the second half. Italian lineout near half-way, Parisse rising high to take the ball. Kicking tennis between both sides for nearly a minute, before Masi finally finds touch in the Irish 22.

Half Time Italy 9-6 Ireland

40 PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 9-6 The kick is over and that's half-time. Italy utterly dominant in terms of possession but only ahead by three as Ireland held out after O'Driscoll's sin-binning. Game still in the balance.

40 High kick from McLean is dropped and Ireland have one last chance at an attack. Penalty advantage, Kearney attacking down the right. Back for the kick with Jackson to go for goal.

38 Italy flinging the ball wide as Lo Cicero bursts through to the roar of the crowd. Knocked on. O'Driscoll back onto the field for Ireland.

36 Peter O'Mahony now forced to play on the wing after replacement Luke Fitzgerald goes off injured. Iain Henderson on in the back row.

Penalty PENALTY, ITALY, GARCIA! 9-3 Italian scrum just inside the Irish half - penalty to the hosts. Gonzalo Garcia attempting the long-range shot at goal... it's over! Lovely strike from the centre and Italy lead by 6.

31 Italy yet to make the most of their man advantage - Vendetti powering down the right. Gori switches with McLean and Zanni bursts through a gap. Numbers right but the ball goes forward, Ireland looking to counter.

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, O'DRISCOLL! Jackson misses the penalty to the right - Ireland struggling here. Another penalty to the visitors after Italy choose not to roll away, touch judge has a flag out. Brian O'Driscoll the man in trouble for a stamp.

27 Luke Marshall now down receiving treatment as Ireland win a penalty at the breakdown 40 metres out. Ian Madigan on as a replacement.

25 Keith Earls makes a break down the left, but the ball is lost into touch. Earls receiving treatment and is replaced by Luke Fitzgerald.

24 Great ambition from Italy as Zanni and Parisse combine down the right. Italy knock on though, scrum to Ireland inside their own half.

Penalty PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 6-3 No mistake this time for the fly-half and Italy lead for the first time.

21 Loose passage of play culminates in another penalty to Italy, Ireland again infringing at the breakdown. Orquera to go for goal.

19 Ireland penalised at the breakdown and Orquera lines up a 38 metre kick at goal. The ball ricochets back off the post and Ireland attack from deep, O'Driscoll feeding Best.

17 High kick from Jackson gathered by McLean as Italy press forward. Zanni barging his way up the left as Italy keep it in hand. Spilled pass by Gonzalo Garcia and Ireland are in possession.

15 Parisse surges up the left touchline but Italy are penalised for going off their feet. Another stolen lineout by Italy as Rory Best's throwing lets him down, Italy attacking. Once more though the ball is turned over - neither side able to generate serious momentum.

14 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 3-3 All level in Rome as Orquera chips it over.

12 Italy powering forward through their pack, Ireland penalised for not releasing right in front of their own posts. Parisse wants the points.

10 Secure lineout and Orquera clears but only to the edge of his 22. Steal from Parisse on Ireland's ball and Italy further relieve the pressure after a penalty against Ryan.

9 Italy regather possession and McLean clears to touch. Ireland on the attack through Luke Marshall but struggling to make ground. Murray kicks through and Italy are under pressure here near their own line.

7 Italian scrum but they engage too early, free kick to Ireland. High kick is brilliantly taken by Parisse but Ireland turn it over, attacking in the Italian half.

Penalty PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 0-3 Ireland take the lead, no problem for the young Ulsterman. Positive signs for the visitors.

3 Advantage to Ireland at the breakdown who have started brightly. Knocked on and Paddy Jackson will have a shot at goal.

2 Kick to touch from Ireland and they have a lineout on the edge of the Italian 22. Ball is loose and Favaro recovers, with McLean clearing long.

Kick-Off Here we go. Tricky kick from Orquera causes Kearney problems with the sun in his eyes as Italy make the early running.

Anthems After some pretty lethargic anthems, we are ready to get underway in Rome. An emotional occasion as the superb Andrea Lo Cicero bows out.

Sunny and clear in Rome unlike previous weather we've seen in this tournament. The scene is set.

Team News Ireland have made one change in the backs to their starting XV to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, with Craig Gilroy on the wing. There are also further changes among the replacements with Devin Toner coming into the match squad in place of Donncha O'Callaghan, along with Paul Marshall for the injured Eoin Reddan.

Team News Italy have made three changes to their line-up that will face Ireland in Rome as Simone Favaro, Lorenzo Cittadini and Andrea Lo Cicero all make the XV, who come in for Robert Barbieri, Martin Castrogiovanni and Alberto de Marchi.

Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the first of Saturday's three Six Nations matches, as Italy host Ireland.

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