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- RBS Six Nations
- 8th Mar 2014
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
- Att: 52,000
Ireland v Italy - Live
80 Full-time: Ireland 46-7 Italy
79 Jackson cannot add the extra two points but that's that in Dublin, with O'Driscoll man-of-the-match.
78 TRY, IRELAND, MCGRATH. 46-7. Power, power, power.
77 CONVERSION, IRELAND, JACKSON. 41-7. More points.
77 TRY, IRELAND, MCFADDEN. 39-7. On the angle, over dives the replacement for what should be seven.
74 Jordi Murphy replaces Henry for the closing stages.
71 So ten minutes remaining here at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as replacement scrum-half Edoardo Gori puts in, 25 metres from the tryline. Nothing comes of that passage though as Ireland look to counter.
70 CONVERSION, IRELAND, JACKSON. 34-7. Excellent kick.
69 TRY, IRELAND, CRONIN. 32-7. There's another try for Ireland as the replacement hooker puts his head down for the left corner. Well taken by the sub.
67 Ireland won't want to see their lead decrease as they know points could mean prizes after next week's final round. Still plenty in this game.
64 Orquera and Bortolami leave the field now, replaced by Tomasso Allan and Antonio Pavanello. Sexton also goes off as on comes Ulster's Paddy Jackson at ten.
61 Sexton misses the touchline conversion but there are massive cheers now as O'Driscoll leaves the field to a standing ovation. Special scenes here.
60 TRY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 27-7. O'Driscoll is involved again as his offload finds R Kearney before Sexton runs it in over in the left-hand corner. Superb.
58 Some concern for centre O'Driscoll as he goes down following a break up to the Italian 22, but he is fine to continue. Cue cheers from the Irish fans.
57 Mike Ross is coming off so on comes Martin Moore while Michele Rizzo and Manoa Vosawai take to the Dublin field for De Marchi and Derbyshire in blue.
54 The conversion is missed by Sexton as Healy hobbles off with Best also departing, the duo replaced by Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin respectively.
53 TRY, IRELAND, HEALY. 22-7. The pressure finally tells and it's the power of Healy that does it. Leinster's loosehead is over on the right side.
52 Ireland are returning with interest now and it's O'Connell leading the charge before Heaslip gets involved. Now it is Trimble brought down ten out.
50 Superb defence from Italy though as they force the scrum turnover from a collapsed maul. No further score then since the half-time break in Dublin.
48 A bit of off the ball stuff to mention as O'Connell and Bortolami are involved. However, the offence is going against Tebaldi for holding O'Connell around the neck so it's a penalty that goes to the corner.
47 Another cheer for O'Driscoll as he wins a penalty at the breakdown so it will be Irish ball again as Sexton kicks up to the 22. Can they muster a try?
44 Italian ball now just inside Irish territory after Sexton was caught offside from a kick. The next score here could be crucial in this Dublin clash.
42 Orquera has started well, kicking into the Irish 22 off loose ball. Ireland take the line-out and then drive on, as they have done a great deal in 2014.
41 Welcome back to the Aviva Stadium where Ireland are 17-7 in front and will be looking for more scores in these 40 minutes. Italy will have other ideas.
40 Half-time: Ireland 17-7 Italy
39 CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON. 17-7. A top kick from the touchline as Sexton extends the lead to ten.
38 TRY, IRELAND, TRIMBLE. 15-7. O'Driscoll again is the creator as he dummies a switch to Sexton and then lifts the ball out to his wing who finishes.
37 No, is the answer as Henry wins a breakdown penalty that relieves all that pressure. Ireland choose not to kick clear though and instead run, making 80 or so metres with R Kearney doing most of the damage.
35 Italy come back again though and have a line-out 20 metres out. Can they turn territory into points as flank Derbyshire comes off for the concussion test?
32 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 10-7. Marco Bortolami is penalised for coming into a ruck from the side as Italy cough up the three. It could have been more though after a clever blindside break from Reddan.
28 So, Italy have absorbed a great deal of Ireland's punches and landed a heavy one of their own. It's an Irish scrummage now though, just 20 metres out.
26 CONVERSION, ITALY, ORQUERA. 7-7. We are level then.
25 TRY, ITALY, SARTO. 7-5. What a try from the wing. Sarto has impressed in the opening 25 minutes and deserves his try, which saw him beat three Irish defenders down the left wing. Brilliant effort.
24 But the Azzurri hold on and show real grit in the tackle as they keep the ball off the ground from Heaslip's carry. Italian scrum on their own 22.
22 The Italians manage to scramble clear soon after too following yet another surge from Ireland's runners such as Healy and D'Arcy. Ominous signs.
19 Reddan's chip to the corner soon after is too long for Trimble so it's a pressure throw for Ghiraldini which he passes with flying colours. Italy clear.
16 Ireland are using the elusive R Kearney in midfield and it''s causing Italy problems. However, this time O''Connell can''t hold an offload so it is a scrum. Change for Ireland as Murray goes for Eoin Reddan.
14 Nothing comes of that attack though and now it's Sexton and Heaslip combining on halfway before Trimble joins in, taking his side into the 22. Brilliant end-to-end rugby at the Aviva Stadium.
12 Lovely stuff from Italy as Tebaldi keeps the tempo high before the centre duo, Garcia and Campagnaro, run strongly. Italy are on the home ten-metre line.
9 A further blow hits Italy as Martin Castrogiovanni goes off and is replaced by Lorenzo Cittadini. It is Italy ball with Sarto running well on halfway.
8 CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON. 7-0. Simple enough.
7 TRY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 5-0. There is the class of O'Driscoll as his loop pass created the space for the fly-half to run over. Conversion coming up.
6 20 phases from Ireland but they struggled to make the ground needed to build momentum. Eventually their attack ends with an Oruqera knock-on as he looked to intercept. Irish scrum then, 35 out.
4 Strong defence so far from Italy before Ireland try the expansive route, using Dave Kearney on the left wing. They are up to the Azzurri ten-metre line.
2 Ireland now maul from a line-out on their own 22 and that is solid from the hosts. Now it comes to Rob Kearney who kicks before Luke McLean replies.
1 Here we go then with Italy fly-half Orquera kicking off to his left, with Andrew Trimble claiming the ball before Ireland look to run from deep early on.
Weather Italy skipper and number eight Sergio Parisse has been rested with lock Marco Bortolami captaining the side. Robert Barbieri comes in for Parisse at number eight, along with a handful of other changes. Luciano Orquera and Tito Tebaldi start at half-back for Tommaso Allan and Edoardo Gori, with Joshua Furno moving to blindside flanker. Another notable change is the return of London Wasps back Andrea Masi, who will wear the number 23 jersey and could win his 81st cap. Michele Rizzo is back on the bench for the Azzurri after being sent off against France and serving his suspension.
Italy skipper and number eight Sergio Parisse has been rested with lock Marco Bortolami captaining the side. Robert Barbieri comes in for Parisse at number eight, along with a handful of other changes. Luciano Orquera and Tito Tebaldi start at half-back for Tommaso Allan and Edoardo Gori, with Joshua Furno moving to blindside flanker. Another notable change is the return of London Wasps back Andrea Masi, who will wear the number 23 jersey and could win his 81st cap. Michele Rizzo is back on the bench for the Azzurri after being sent off against France and serving his suspension.
Ireland have made one change to their starting line-up for this clash. Iain Henderson starts at blindside flanker in place of the injured Peter O'Mahony and will form a back-row trio alongside Chris Henry and Jamie Heaslip. Paul O'Connell leads the side and Johnny Sexton has recovered from a thumb injury to take his place in the team. There are two changes on the bench with Rhys Ruddock replacing Henderson back row cover and Eoin Reddan coming in for a rested Isaac Boss.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for our live coverage of this Six Nations encounter between Ireland and Italy. Emotions are running high in Dublin and throughout the rest of the Emerald Isle as this match will be the final home international of legendary Ireland centre Brian O''Driscoll. The fixture also holds extra significance for the 35-year-old as he will set a new world-record for Test appearances. This takes his tally to 140, surpassing the mark he shared with former Australia scrum-half George Gregan. Don''t go away! We''ll return shortly with team news.
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