All the reaction to clinical first half performance from Ireland
We were never going to lose this game...
Ireland have a healthy lead of 28 points going into half time in the second game of the Natwest Six Nations, and so far it's a very different encounter to last week's game against France.
It was always going to be a far more open game than the cauldron of tension that was the Stade de France mere seven days ago.
Thankfully, the bonus point is already in the bag, although we'd have been confident of nailing one in the second half if we were still in the hunt.
It could be a long day at the office for Italy at this stage.
But Ireland suffered a major blow early on when Tadhg Furlong left the field early with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, so Ireland will be hoping that it's not serious and he'll be back in contention to start in two weeks time.
Hope that's not too serious for Tadhg Furlong. Limps off after three minutes.
— Ben Coles (@bencoles_) February 10, 2018
— JackieMc (@Jackiem23) February 10, 2018
Everyone sacrifice a goat to the injury god to keep Tadgh Furlong well #IREvITA
— Roarz (@Roarzz) February 10, 2018
Conor Murray has been on song.
Conor Murray is running this game with such ease, 2 try assists and a try already #IREvITA
— Lawrence Taylor (@lmtaylor3996) February 10, 2018
Did Ireland just use Conor Murray as a line-out jumper? Brilliant! #IREvITA
— Jacob Newbury (@jacobnewbury) February 10, 2018
But overall it's been a positive performance.
Ireland quite comfortable here, as the scoreline would suggest. The difference that quick ball (and the width we get with it) is night and day. Could be a big score here #IREvITA
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) February 10, 2018
Had seen a black swan this morning. Thought this might be bad omen - Ireland to lose at home to Italy?
Then thought... What are the chances of two black swans in same day?#IREvITA
28-0 at HT
Be grand pic.twitter.com/CPTS1aN3Gw
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) February 10, 2018
We almost went the whole fist half without conceding a penalty! Easy enough when you have almost 70% of the possession #IREvITA
— Kevin Byrne (@kevinjbyrne) February 10, 2018
— David Smith (@Smith_D17) February 10, 2018
— The Dail Bar Galway (@TheDailBar1) February 10, 2018