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Ireland rattle Italy at Aviva

June 19 2018, 02:31 | Rex Rios

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There is talk that if any side is to deny defending champions England an unprecedented hat-trick of Six Nations titles, it will be Joe Schmidt's men.

Certainly the way they reduced the Azzurri to so much rubble will do their confidence levels no harm whatsoever ahead of the visit of Wales' in a fortnight's time.

Facing Irishman Conor O'Shea's side in Dublin, the hosts ran in eight tries as they won 56-19.

"We are happy with the win but will always find something to improve on".

He was replaced by Jordan Larmour for his debut.

Italy made three changes from the loss to England, with Braam Steyn, Nicola Quaglio and Luca Bigi all selected.

"I felt we scored some really good tries in that first 40 minutes and I was pleased to keep them to nil, when they showed in the second half how good an attacking side they are".

Ireland led in the 11th minute when Connor Murray's smart pass found Robbie Henshaw and he crashed over from close range.

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The Italians were left shell-shocked when Bundee Aki crashed over to mark the 27-year-old New Zealand-born centre's first try for his adopted country leaving the Irish just one try short of their bonus point aim with only 20 minutes gone.

Henshaw added his second try early in the second-half but landed in obvious agony on his shoulder, his leg beating against the ground through pain.

Aki then turned creator as he made a terrific break to set up Keith Earls to go over to seal the bonus point and Sexton converted to send the Irish in 28-0 up at the break.

An update is expected on Sunday after Henshaw has a scan on the injury.

The were comments welcomed by Ireland captain Rory Best.

Henshaw opened the scoring in the 12th minute and, two minutes later, Conor Murray scored the pick of Ireland's tries after great hands by Conor Murray.

But Schmidt will not only be annoyed at the three scores from Tommaso Allan, Edoardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi but injuries suffered early in each half.

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