Monday 20 November 2017

Ireland v Italy: Clockwatch

1: Italy kick-off, and the 2010 Six Nations is under way.

10: Romain Poite (right) whistles for a penalty as Italy's front row collapses the scrum. Early victory for the Ireland pack. Ronan O'Gara gets the three points, taking him over 500 points in the Championship.

14: O'Gara releases Andrew Trimble down the left flank. Ireland move it right, Gordon D'Arcy creates the space, Brian O'Driscoll supplies a killer pass and Jamie Heaslip goes over. O'Gara converts.

26: Italy get off the mark thanks to a marvellous penalty kick from Craig Gower.

28: Carlo Del Fava is penalised for holding onto the ball straight from the kick-off and O'Gara makes Ireland's lead 10 again.

30: Leo Cullen with a steal at the lineout, but Ireland lose possession and full-back Luke McLean very nearly spots a gap.

33: Gonzalo Garcia sees yellow for a spear tackle on O'Driscoll. O'Gara kicks the three-pointer.

35: Tomas O'Leary's first try for Ireland. Cullen smashing through the Italian defence, and O'Leary burrowing over. O'Gara with the extras.

38: Box kick form Tito Tebaldi, Rob Kearney's kick down the line is charged down by Kain Robertson, try. Mirco Bergamasco misses the conversion.

Half-time: Ireland 23 Italy 8

44: Penalty for Italy as Ireland try to kill the ball. Mirco Bergamasco slots the three points from just left of the uprights.

47: Italy concede their sixth penalty, this time it's Martin Castrogiovanni at fault. O'Gara converts, his sixth kick out of six.

63: O'Driscoll releases Tommy Bowe, who makes a half-break but is unable to slip the pass.

68: O'Gara hobbles off, giving concern for next week's game in Paris. Paddy Wallace, on in his place, converts a penalty from in front of the posts.

77: Kearney with the garryowen, and Mauro Bergamasco's take is in vain as his team-mates are off-side. The last meaningful action of the game.

Full-time: Ireland 29 Italy 11

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