Tuesday 24 October 2017

Donnacha Ryan on Ireland's thumping win: I leave it to the good looking lads to score tries

Donnacha Ryan, Ireland, is tackled by Andrea Lovotti, left, and Sergio Parisse, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Donnacha Ryan, Ireland, is tackled by Andrea Lovotti, left, and Sergio Parisse, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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Man-of-the-match Donnacha Ryan was confident that Ireland were capable of the display which saw them destroy Italy 58-15 at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland ran in nine tries as they completely obliterated Jacques Brunel's side to register their first win of the 2016 Six Nations.

Jamie Heaslip bagged a brace, with Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander, Jared Payne, Sean Cronin, Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden also crossing.

Ryan told RTE after the game: "We knew it was in us, it's all about belief in the processes of what we're doing and listen to the coaches.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to get that result.

"I leave that to the good looking lads to score tries.

"Momentum is massive, we know we have it in us."

A dejected Sergio Parisse couldn't mask his frustrations.

"Ireland were really good and it was really difficult to defend. Italy have a lot of things to do to be competitive," he added.

"It is difficult to find words after this result.

"We're really disappointed. We must forget this match because it was terrible."

Irish skipper Rory Best was pleased with the performance and referred to Joe Schmidt's team selection in his post match analysis.

Rory Best told ITV: "We talked a lot over the past two weeks about things we have previously prided ourselves on that we haven’t been good enough this tournament, so that result is very pleasing.

"Italy are a tough team, and every Six Nations match is difficult, so that performance was very good. You have to respect the competition and the shirt, so we wanted to pick a strong team and some of the younger guys will get their chance very soon."

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