Ireland vs Italy Live Score Commentary

Updated: February 25, 2012

Live score updates from the Six Nations clash at Lansdowne Road between Ireland and Italy

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Ireland 42 – 10 Italy, Saturday @ 1.30pm
80 min played


8 min PENALTY! Tobias Botes (Italy) 0-3
11 min PENALTY! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 3-3
16 min TRY! Keith Earls (Ireland) 8-3
18 min CONVERSION! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 10-3
35 min TRY! Sergio Parisse (Italy) 10-8
36 min CONVERSION! Tobias Botes (Italy) 10-10
39 min TRY! Tommy Bowe (Ireland) 15-10
40+1 min CONVERSION! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 17-10
49 min PENALTY! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 20-10
59 min PENALTY! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 23-10
61 min TRY! Tommy Bowe (Ireland) 28-10
62 min CONVERSION! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 30-10
77 min TRY! Tom Court (Ireland) 35-10
79 min CONVERSION! Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) 37-10
80 min TRY! Andrew Trimble (Ireland) 42-10


80+2 min Sexton misses his first kick of the day from a very difficult angle. Full-time at Lansdowne Road.
80 min TRY! Andrew Trimble makes it a rout for Ireland. The wing sprints over half the field down the left wing and goes over the try line uncontested. It will be a difficult kick for Sexton.
79 min CONVERSION! Another good kick from Sexton.
77 min TRY! Tom Court scores Ireland’s fourth try. Peter O’Mahony and Donnacha Ryan almost get over the Italian line before Court scores his first international try.
76 min Jonathan Sexton named RTE’s Man-of-the-Match.
75 min Paul O’Connell breaks free near the Italian line but is tackled. Reddan loses the ball but Ireland are awarded a scrum after an Italian knock-on.
74 min Ireland penalty inside the Italy 22. Reddan decides to take it quickly. Ireland trying to add to their try count.
70 min More brilliant, incisive running from Kearney on the left wing.
70 min Ireland Triple Substitution Tom Court, Sean Cronin and Ronan O’Gara replace Cian Healy, Rory Best and Gordon D’Arcy respectively. Sexton moves to centre and O’Gara will play at out-half. Ireland have now used all their substitutions.
70 min Penalty for Italy and Burton kicks inside the Ireland 22.
68 min Ireland Substitution Fergus McFadden comes on for Keith Earls. Bowe moves to the centre and McFadden will play on the wing.
66 min Paul O’Connell turns the ball over near the Irish line. The second row rips the ball off Sergio Parisse. Sexton clears to touch near midfield.
66 min Penalty for Italy and Kris Burton kicks for the corner.
65 min Italy have three men free on the right wing but the pass is poor.
62 min CONVERSION! Sexton adds the conversion to give Ireland a 20 point lead.
61 min TRY! Tommy Bowe scores his second try of the match as Ireland’s pressure pays off. The ball is recycled after Ferris almost gets over the Italian try-line. Sexton plays a quality pass out to the right wing, where an unmarked Bowe has the easy task of scoring Ireland’s third try of the day.
60 min Some excellent running from Keith Earls gets Ireland inside the Italian 22. O’Mahony and Ferris are both stopped at the Italian line.
59 min Ireland Double Substitution Donnacha Ryan and Peter O’Mahony replace Donncha Callaghan and Sean O’Brien.
59 min PENALTY! Sexton continues his impressive kicking performance with an assured converted penalty.
57 min Some great running from Rob Kearney starts an Irish attack. Italy are penalised for not rolling away just inside their own half.
56 min Italy turn over the ball from an Irish lineout.
55 min Parisse makes a good catch but fails to release quickly enough after he goes to ground. Sexton kicks inside the Italian 22.
54 min Ireland Substitution Eoin Reddan replaces Conor Murray.
54 min Earls finds touch near the Italian 22 after a lucky bounce. Good relieving kick from the centre.
52 min Trimble claims the ball in the air but is tackled before he lands. Sexton mishits the resulting penalty but it finds touch.
49 min PENALTY! Sexton gives Ireland a ten point lead with a routine kick.
48 min Excellent work from the Irish scrum forces the Italians to commit a penalty near their own try-line. Should be an easy kick for Sexton.
46 min A good pass from D’Arcy sets Stephen Ferris free in lots of space. The back-row offloads to Tommy Bowe ten metres from the Italian line, but the wing cannot hold on and the opportunity is lost.
45 min Another poor effort from Botes. The out-half’s effort goes right and wide from straight in front of the post.
44 min Penalty against Sean O’Brien for not rolling away.
42 min Penalty against Paul O’Connell in the Italian half. Botes kicks near the Irish 22.
41 min Sexton kicks off to start the second half.

Half-Time Ireland lead 17-10 at the interval after tries from Keith Earls and Tommy Bowe, with Sergio Parisse scoring for Italy. Ireland have been the slightly better team, but the Azzurri have enjoyed long periods of possession. Bad kicking has cost the Italians in the first period.

40+1 min CONVERSION! In a carbon copy of his first conversion, Sexton scores well from a difficult angle on the right wing.
39 min TRY! Excellent response from Ireland as Bowe scores near the right corner flag. Italy stop Ireland at the try-line, but the ball is worked to the right wing, where Kearney passes to Stephen Ferris. The back-row feeds Bowe, who goes over uncontested in the right corner.
39 min Bowe almost gets over the line after a good line break.
38 min Penalty for Ireland on near the right touchline. |Sexton kicks for the corner.
36 min CONVERSION! Easy kick from Botes. The sides are even.
35 min TRY! Parisse scores for Italy. Well deserved try for the Azzurri. Italy win a line-out ten metres from the Irish line. Botes makes a quality pass and an Italian player is stopped metres from the try-line. The ball is recycled and Italy have several players unmarked on the left side of the pitch. Parisse runs under the post for Italy’s first try of the match.
34 min Bizarre sequence of play. Ireland look to break but Kearney and Sexton make a mess of a pass on the left wing. The ball bounces to an Italian player who suddenly has an opportunity to score, Sexton recovers and tackles him five metres from the Irish try-line. Italy are then penalised and the chance is lost.
33 min Good turnover from Ireland.
31 min Botes kicks along the ground and inside the Ireland 22. Ireland have had 54% of possession so far, but Italy have been the more dangerous side in the last five minutes.
30 min Poor drop goal attempt from Botes.
29 min Attacking opportunity for Italy ten metres from the Irish try-line wasted. D’Arcy intercepts a poor pass before Sexton clears.
28 min Botes strikes the penalty well but it bounces off the crossbar. Kearney reacts first and claims the ball before an incoming Italian player.
27 min Penalty to Italy from the left wing.
25 min Ireland penalised at the scrum around midfield. Botes kicks to the Irish 22.
22 min Some good running from the Irish backs as they pass the ball from the right wing to the left. Trimble knocks-on after a heavy tackle, however.
21 min Cian Healy is down injured after taking a knee to the head.
20 min Botes misses touch from a penalty.
18 min CONVERSION! Another good kick from Sexton from a difficult angle.
16 min TRY! Keith Earls scores the first try of the match. After a period of heavy Irish pressure, Sexton almost gets over the try-line. Conor Murray passes to Earls, who scores near the corner.
15 min Ireland camped five metres from the Italian try-line.
14 min Ireland keep the ball and Italy are penalised. Ireland kick for the corner and win the lineout.
13 min Brilliant line break from D’Arcy sets up a quick Irish attack. The centre passes to Earls, who feeds O’Brien. Italy manage to tackle the back-row.
11 min PENALTY! Excellent kick from Sexton gets Ireland on the scoreboard.
9 min Italy penalised for crossing. Ronan O’Gara was ready to enter the fray after Sexton looked to be going off with a blood injury, but Sexton will take the kick.
8 min PENALTY! Not a great kick from Tobias Botes but it clears the crossbar. Italy take an early lead.
7 min Another penalty for Italy.
6 min Excellent take under a high ball from Trimble.
6 min Andrew Trimble has a chance to pass to an unmarked Rob Kearney on the wing, but Ireland man is tackled just before he offloads.
5 min Scrum to Ireland around midfield after a knock-on.
4 min The teams are exchanging long kicks.
3 min Botes has the distance but his effort drifts wide.
2 min Early opportunity for Italy as the referee awards a penalty.
1 min Tobias Botes kicks off to start the match.
0 min The anthems and pre-match rituals are over and we’re about to kick off at Lansdowne Road. Italy are looking for their first Six Nations victory over Ireland.

The teams:

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Peter O’Mahony, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden.

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Tobias Botes, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Michele Rizzo.

Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Fabio Staibano, 18 Antonio Pavanello, 19 Simone Favaro, 20 Fabio Semenzato, 21 Kris Burton, 22 Gonzalo Canale.

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