Reaction as Ireland beat Italy for their first Six Nations 2017 victory
Ireland wrapped up their first win of the 2017 Six Nations with a commanding performance over Italy in Rome on Saturday afternoon.
A combative first-half saw Ireland come out on top, with a scoreline of 28-10 somewhat understating Ireland's dominance.
The second half was played at a slower pace, but CJ Stander added his third try of the game – heaping more misery on top of Italy, who also conceded two tries to Keith Earls.
Paddy Jackson's kicking was spot on all afternoon, converting each of Ireland's tries — converting Craig Gilroy's try ten minutes from time, and Garry Ringrose's again after that. Craig Gilroy capped off a wonderful afternoon with two more tries of his own, and Jackson did the job once more — certainly giving himself a shout for a starting place against France.
All in all, it was a good day at the office for Ireland who have left their defeat to Scotland in the past, racking up a comfortable 63-10 win over the tournament's whipping boys and picking up a try bonus point for their free-scoring ways.
Hatrick! @CJStander gets his 3rd. pic.twitter.com/qnc32yged2
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 11, 2017
Hat trick for CJ Stander!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #ITAvIRE #COYBIG #LionsWatch #RBS6Nations #easy #gamesetmatch 🇨🇮👋🏻👋🏻🍺
— mark Jc 💙 (@markcollins83) February 11, 2017
Cj stander must be in the lions sqaud for sure!!! Yster!!!! pic.twitter.com/BvDgSQReRK
— Eugene Fourie (@eugenefourie95) February 11, 2017
Who should get the Stander of the match award? #ITAvIRE
— Jane (@stackeroo) February 11, 2017
Ringrose and Henshaw best centre partnership in the 6N for me! Class acts. #LionsWatch
— Sam Edwards 🏴 (@Samzyeds12) February 11, 2017
Lets be honest @paddyjackson10 deserves to start against France.
— Tramampoline (@Magical_Daddy) February 11, 2017
Paddy Jackson for man of the match for me @paddyjackson10 outstanding game. Again. @IrishRugby #ITAvIRE
— Mr Nick (@nickwhittome) February 11, 2017
Ireland just destroying Italy now
— E.Ezra (@ericezra10) February 11, 2017
What a performance by Ireland winning 10-63 against Italy #ITAvIRE #6nations2017
— Eva Ní Shúilleabháin (@Evanis) February 11, 2017