Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Ireland sweat on Henshaw injury after Italian stroll

Jordan Larmour puts Italian player on the floor during Six Nations rout Ireland sweat on Henshaw injury after Italian stroll
Eugene Bates | 12 February, 2018, 02:10

But Ireland will be sweating on Henshaw's fitness for the rest of the Six Nations.

She noted all of the changes Ireland had made to the side that had started the game as a potential reason for the score conceded in the second half, and claimed concentration came be a problem in games when a side is winning comfortably, as "it's hard sometimes to build yourself up when you're winning by so much".

Saturday evening plays host the pick of the Round 2 clashes of one of rugby's fiercest rivalries is reignited under the evening skies of Twickenham Stadium as reigning Six Nations champions England welcome Wales across the border, with both clubs seeking back-to-back wins.

Despite a 56-19 bonus point victory over Italy in the second round of the 2018 Six Nations, Ireland will regret the scores they afforded the Italians according to for Irish internationals Donnacha Ryan and Fiona Steed.

The changes are all in the pack, with Luca Bigi is in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker, Nicola Quaglio at loosehead replacing Andrea Lovotti and Braam Steyn at openside in for Renato Giammarioli.

The outside centre bagged two tries today, but landed rather awkwardly when scoring the second.

The Italians were left shell-shocked when Bundee Aki crashed over to mark the 27-year-old New Zealand-born centre's first try for his adopted country leaving the Irish just one try short of their bonus point aim with only 20 minutes gone.

Sexton's third conversion made it 21-0 after 21 minutes and in the 36th minute some fine work at the breakdown from Dan Leavy led to a fine break from Aki before Keith Earls burst clear to score. "It's exactly where we want to be", scrumhalf Conor Murray said in a pitchside interview.

Tommaso Allan scored a consolation try for the visitors before Sexton walked over another Ireland try, again converted by Carbery.

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