Eight-try Ireland thrash Italy in Six Nations

Ireland captain Rory Best

Ireland captain Rory Best

Ireland scored eight tries as they eased to a 56-19 bonus-point win over Italy in Dublin in the second round of the Six Nations on Saturday afternoon.

"He looked in a fair bit of discomfort when he came off but what is promising is the fact that he was more comfortable later on", said Schmidt.

Tadhg Furlong pulled up with little more than three minutes on the clock feeling his hamstring in his left leg and was unable to continue.

A similar scoreline in favour of Ireland would not be a surprise given recent encounters between the nations, with the emerald isle claiming 58-15 and 63-10 victories in the last two editions of the Six Nations and if Schmidt's men are to be in contention come Round 5, a bonus-point is a necessity on home soil this weekend.

"There were a few inaccuracies, we turned the ball over a lot more than we would have planned to, which is always a risk". Now early in the second-half Robbie Henshaw has been forced off with what appears to be a really serious injury.

Italy will arrive in Dublin off the back of a hiding against England, who thrashed them 46-15 in Rome - though they did show positive signs in attack, managing two tries.

"Ireland are a great side and when they play under pressure they are very good and when they play without pressure, they are awesome", said Parisse. Of course England is a great side, but for me personally after these two weeks it was much more hard against Ireland. "Ian is a rugby player and he's a bloody good rugby player".

In the 53rd minute, captain Rory Best got in on the act for Ireland - his first Test try for five years - and Joey Carbery's first conversion made it 42-0.

But Schmidt will not only be annoyed at the three scores from Tommaso Allan, Edoardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi but injuries suffered early in each half.

"Ultimately, we will judge ourselves on how we go and in terms of comparisons to England, that's a long way away for us".

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