Rampant Irish in a league of their very own after Six Nations rout | EUROtoday

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Ireland’s bid for a second successive grand slam continued in emphatic vogue with a six-try demolition of Italy that underscored their standing as Six Nations favourites.

After England laboured to victory over the Azzurri in Rome in spherical one, there have been hopes that Gonzalo Quesada’s enhancing staff would possibly pose Ireland a number of questions right here in Dublin.

But the guests have been utterly outclassed as Andy Farrell’s males, contemporary from their beautiful victory over France in Marseille, confirmed England find out how to despatch inferior opposition.

They didn’t even have to be at their finest. Three tries in every half – a brace from hooker Dan Sheehan and one every from Jack Crowley, Jack Conan, man-of-the-match James Lowe and Calvin Nash – put the guests to the sword, with the Italians barely venturing into Ireland’s 22m.

England’s new-look blitz defence has been a lot within the highlight within the opening two rounds. It is certain to be examined to absolutely the max at Twickenham on March 9.

First England need to get previous Scotland at Murrayfield. Ireland, in the meantime, will fancy their possibilities towards Wales right here in Dublin in a few weeks.

Match particulars

Scoring: 5-0 Crowley strive; 10-0 Sheehan strive; 12-0 Crowley con; 17-0 Conan strive; 19-0 Crowley con; 24-0 Sheehan strive; 29-0 Lowe strive; 34-0 Nash strive; 36-0 Byrne con

Ireland: H Keenan (H Byrne 56), C Nash, R Henshaw (J Larmour 64), S McCloskey, J Lowe, J Crowley, C Casey (J Gibson-Park 73); A Porter (J Loughman 56), D Sheehan (R Kelleher 56), F Bealham (T O’Toole 56), J McCarthy, J Ryan (I Henderson 61), R Baird (J van der Flier 66), C Doris, J Conan

Italy: A Capuozzo, L Pani (F Mori 58), JI Brex, T Menoncello, M Ioane, P Garbisi, S Varney (M Page-Relo 58); D Fischetti (M Spagnolo 56), G Lucchesi (G Nicotera 56), P Ceccarelli (G Zilocchi 40), N Cannone, F Ruzza, A Izekor, M Zuliani (R Vintcent 70), M Lamaro

Referee: Luke Pearce (Wales)

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