A welcome confidence-building achievement in Rome brought Ireland its first victory in the Six Nations in 2021

Previously only talked about Ireland’s stuttering attack, and Andy Farrell’s side finally prevailed against Italy, running in six tries at the Stadio Olympico

There have been a number of encouraging performances from the Irish team, but the game has to be seen in the context of the opposition and Franco Smith’s Italy has been desperately poor here. Much tougher tests lie ahead

Hugo Keenan – 7
Runs an excellent line for his first-half attempt and always looked brisk, hitting six defenders The Leinster man looks good now in the 15 shirt, not many questions asked defensively but it was good to recover after one misjudged a bouncing ball dying

Jordan Larmour – 7
Add a touch of class to Ireland’s attack, drew a great line and cleared his hands to play in Will Connors for the third attempt Will feel he could have attacked Johan Meyer better for Italy’s attempt before the break Zur Replaced at halftime by Keith Earls

Garry Ringrose – 8
Good strength to get through and score Ireland’s opening attempt – his ninth in Test rugby – and bring out some nice moments in attack His offload played in Keenan for a try in the first half

Robbie Henshaw – 7
On the occasion of his 50th birthday, lead the team International match and continue his current run in good shape Always carried on purpose and his usual reliable self in defense

James Lowe – 6
Used for his kicking ability rather than his running game in the early stages but grew into it with a couple of nice lightning bolts Thought he had his first six nation try just seeing it crossed out for a forward pass and really tried to make a difference, a total of 102 meters, when Italy unraveled in the second half

Jonathan Sexton – 8
Flawlessly off the tee in eight attempts, some of which were by no means easy, an insured 80-minute show attacking the line and throwing a series of sharp passes, getting this new contract signed

Jamison Gibson Park – Sept.
Brought up the usual pace and while it got an easy ride for much of the game, the scrum half was particularly keen to take risks and challenge the Italian defense while at the same time mixing up his approach

Dave Kilcoyne – Sept.
There aren’t a lot of options to begin with, but the Munster really enjoyed himself in Rome, nailing the basics, throwing in some excellent tackles, and showing real strength in the scrum to give Andy Farrell some food for thought. Didn’t come back after working for an HIA had been removed in the second half

Ronan Kelleher – 6
The first-minute penalty concession was a bad start to his debut at Six Nations, but it went into the game, making early lineouts, and making a good contribution in open play.However, inexperienced at times showed up, including the odd wobble at the lineout Smoothing out problems

Tadhg Furlong – 8
Pinged for the early penalty but a really solid performance before injury in the second half. His threat as a ball carrier is one such addition to the Irish pack

Iain Henderson – 7
The decision to cancel his early attempt was bizarre but of little consequence in the end I’ve played great rugby lately and kept that form, including some really positive work around the lineout

James Ryan – 7
Unlucky enough to end up on the wrong page on a few calls and rarely worried in the productive 80 minutes The game ended as Ireland’s best tackler at 19 and no one was missing

Tadhg Beirne – 7
Reinstated in the back row after impressing in the second row against Wales and France A lineout annoyance and got through a lot of work

Will Connors – Aug.
Much to like about his all-action performance Outstanding chop tackle and turnover in 20 minutes was an early highlight and was in the right place just before the break to score Ireland’s third attempt. Had the strength to train for his second than the Hosts had dropped to 13

CJ Stander – 8
Excellent pre-break sales allowing Ireland to get back on the field and take the afternoon’s third attempt Has shown good strength to take the bonus point attempt shortly after the break

Rob Herring (for Kelleher 62) – 7
No trouble lineout, played his part in a major scrum attempt, and was well involved in Connor’s second attempt

Cian Healy (for Kilcoyne 46) – 5
Looked a little off the pace and guilty of some sloppy mistakes

Jack Conan (for Stander 62) – 7
Made a name for itself with good lineout work and big sales

Ryan Baird (for Henderson 62) – 7
A very encouraging test debut. Put his athleticism to use and have some sturdy stretcher under his belt

Craig Casey (for Gibson-Park 62) – 7
However, a tight call on the forward pass that canceled Lowe’s attempt showed a lot of intent and some loving touch on his Test debut to get the ball moving quickly, making a promising start to his international career

Billy Burns (for Henshaw 70) – 6
Certainly would have hoped for more time on the court with the game without a doubt Little opportunity to make a difference

Keith Earls (for Larmour HT) – 6
Bad mistake of kicking out of your own half but looked comfortable in the air and shot over for a late try

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