Action between Ireland and France. Photo Courtesy/Six Nations Twitter.

Ireland whip Italy to move top of Six Nations log

Ireland moved top of the Six Nations standings after whipping Italy 50-17 in a match played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

They ran seven tries for a bonus-point in the win and have now collected 14 points from the last four matches.

Italy forced a penalty and Conor Murray was sent to the sin-bin for an offence at the breakdown. Paolo Garbisi had an easy kick to give Italy a 3-0.  Ireland responded after a series of the drives and CJ Stander powered over from a close range for a try that was converted by Johnny Sexton.

Sexton also added a penalty before Hugo Keenan earned two tries in succession on his first cap to take the scores to 24-3 after Sexton conversions. The teams went to the break with 21 points separating them.

In the final half, winger Edoardo Padovani plucked a long pass from Sexton and paced on to score, Garbizi added two points for a tee for 10 points.

At the other end, debutant Will Connors also got his name on the scoresheet while Sexton landed the fifth try. Peter O’Mahony then set Bundee Aki for the sixth try that put the game beyond Italy. Ireland’s final try saw came from the forwards.

Garbizi solo try which he converted saw Italy reach 17 points.  Ireland travel to face France in the final round of the Six Nations next week, while England play Italy, with the title likely to come down to bonus-points and points difference.

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