Ireland crush Italy in bonus-point try fest

The Irish bounce back from their defeat by Scotland to hand Italy a hiding in their Six Nations encounter in Rome

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 February, 2017, 12:31am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 February, 2017, 12:33am

Ireland recorded their biggest ever Six Nations victory as they smashed Italy 63-10 in Rome on Saturday, running in nine tries and earning the tournament’s first attacking bonus point.

The 2015 champions rebounded from a narrow loss against Scotland last week in Murrayfield and earned their four-try bonus point in barely 30 minutes, with blindside flanker and man-of-the-match CJ Stander scoring the second of three tries.

Substitute winger Craig Gilroy also scored a hat-trick late in the second half, with Irish winger Keith Earls running in two tries and Garry Ringrose also crossing the chalk.