30 mins Ioane has some solid carry games – getting him on the ball often is clearly a tactic – and Italy has up to eight phases before they stall when Will Connors den Ball Clamps Ball to Win Non-Releasing Penalty The Leinster Backrower has had a tough game so far
27 minutes Dave Kilcoyne cheers as Ireland receives the scrum penalty that allows their side to get out of their own line and gain possession almost halfway off the lineout, however, the Italian strikers do an excellent job of keeping the Irish Bringing Maul into contact
24 minutes Tadhg Beirne does enough to destroy the Italian lineout’s possession, but when the ball breaks Furlong knocks if he tries to clean it up Itlay has an attacking scrum five yards from the Irish line
22 minutes It’s up to Ireland to break the law when the breakdown occurs, and Canna puts Italy in half the visitor.On the lineout, Negri and Meyer have a couple of big sling games at large to assert themselves in Ireland 22 before James Ryan is illegal with his hands in the jerk Garbisi puts it in the corner
18 minutes Ireland has another penalty when Lovotti plays the ball on the floor so blatantly and stupidly that he might as well wear a neon “I’m cheating” shirt emblazoned on it
Honestly, Italy has to shake its head as this is a pathetic disciplinary measure
15 mins Possession traded a couple of times with both sides kicking deeply. Finally, Sexton shortens a kick and Ioane does a bad job of ricocheting it, giving Ireland possession of the ball just inside the Italian half Another penalty for Italy is quickly fired from Gibson-Park sprinting deep into Italian territory before being penalized for his move after being attacked by Sperandio
12 minutes That was a terrible 5 minutes for Italy; Received 10 points and their discipline was a complete mess
11 mins It looks very much like Henderson scored that, but Ref Raynal didn’t have it on the TMO review. Once everything is sorted out Ireland has another penalty and faces the Italian 22 after a couple of drives at the Line fending off the blue defense, Gibson Park sends them straight in the back and Ringsose is over
8 minutes Kelleher finds Henshaw with a long throw over the top of the lineout and the center crashes against Italy 22 Ireland is in a good position and under construction before Henderson gets over the line but loses control of the ball and Ioane clears but the kick simply invites Ireland to return to them
5 minutes Italy got the kick-off clean, but an offside after the whore Bigi went forward before Garbisi’s clearing kick
3 minutes And with the early penalty for Italy they gain clean possession from a linout and they are in Ireland 22 They work in some phases and after a big carry from Lovotti Ireland they give away another penalty This one is up front and Garbisi puts down his side from the tee to the front
1 m Paolo Garbisi hovers the ball long and deep in the sunshine of Rome and Ireland will play it from their own half
Italian scrum half Stephen Varney injured himself in the warm up and Callum Braley will step into the scrum half Big loss for Italy and the game as Varney excelled in the opening rounds
“I don’t think Ireland is missing out on any clinical advantage,” dares Andy Bradshaw to counter Andy Farrell’s comments: “It is that you are desperately trying to keep Johnny Sexton as the linchpin of the team, and he” It is obviously incapable at the moment, and given his advanced age (says 42 year old Jabba, who looks like a hut) it is unlikely that he will regain that shapeâ ????
You’re right that Sexton is in shape, and you’ve seen a better team than Billy Burns is on the field, and not to condemn Burns with weak praise, but that speaks a lot for Ireland’s current malaise
???? The ultimate clinical advantage is always the missing ingredient of a team that wants to be world class So that’s what we’re aiming for and hope that we can take a leap in that direction this weekend a ????
Franco Smith stays with the same starting XI that made England look very ordinary for much of the Twickenham encounter, while Mbanda, Traore, Braley and Bellini are new on the bench, so I would have been tempted to have the monstrous Federico Mori on the wing to start countering some of James Lowes physical presence but Smith is an international trainer and I am writing this So why should he care what seduces me?
Andy Farrell makes seven changes to give his team a shoe that’s too clumsy and indecisive too often.Captain Johnny Sexton is back to bring experience, if not form, to the process while Jordan Larmour Keith Earls on the wing replaced
In the strikers, it’s a brand new front row from Dave Kilcoyne, the dynamic Ronan Kelleher and the ever-dependable Tadhg Furlong that will cause problems for the Italians in the crowd, but also in the open air where this trio is causing problems and will be a handful The totem James Ryan returns at the castle and Will Connors plays in the back row
Italy: Jacopo Trulla; Luca Sperandio, Juan Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna and Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro
Substitutions: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Cherif Traore, GiosuÃ Zilocchi, Niccol²-Cannon, Maxime Mbanda, Callum Braley, Federico Mori, Mattia Bellini
Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, and James Lowe; Jonathan Sexton, Jamison Gibson Park; Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Will Connors and CJ Stander
Substitutions: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Andrew Porter, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Craig Casey, Billy Burns, and Keith Earls
Ah Rome, the eternal city of Azzuri fans have some empathy with this period as it feels like an eternity since their last six-nation win, their defeat in 29 competitions going back to 2015 A time before a pandemic, Brexit and likely Paolo Garbisi’s first holy communion and today’s host will be desperately trying not to make it a terribly gritty round number 30
Ireland is rolling into the city to add to Italian misery It plays as calmly and competently as a nervous kid in a Jenga tournament. Andy Farrell’s men have lost two of a few troubled best performances and could be there for them
Can Italy do that? I would like to think so, but I would also like to think that my hair is so far in order that my optimism is probably out of place
Expect the Italians to follow the usual pattern: moderately competitive by half, and then the game gets away from them.Whether fast (see France) or slow (see England), the game always gets away from them
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