Ireland v Italy LIVE: Six Nations 2024 score and latest updates as hosts seek second win
Andy Farrell hails Ireland’s composure with Six Nations win in France
Ireland will hope to continue building momentum as they welcome Italy to Dublin in round two of the Six Nations.
Andy Farrell’s defending grand slam champions were incredibly impressive in their opening fixture in Marseille, controlling their opponents, the contest and a febrile French crowd to take a big step towards another tournament crown. Farrell makes a number of changes for his side’s second fixture, with Caelan Doris set to captain his country for the first time from the back row.
Italy arrive at the Aviva Stadium buoyed by an encouraging performance against England last weekend, a narrow defeat suggesting that the Azzurri could well be competitive throughout this year’s campaign.
A much-changed Irish side will be wary of the dangers that their visitors might pose having been given a serious scare in Rome last year and struggled to put Italy away in a warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup.
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What striding from Ryan Baird! Good god he is some athlete, the Leinsterman an impossibly smooth mover for a man of nearly seven feet. Craig Casey capitalises on Baird’s 30-metre gallop with a clever kick beyond the Italy defence, which pitches and rolls out seven metres from the Italy line.
Surely they won’t chance their arm with the clock dead? Nope, Italy send us down the tunnel by booting the ball into the stands.
It was coming. The Italy fringe defenders battled hard, but a clever flick off the floor finds Conan one slot wider and, with a bit of a shunt from a teammate behind him, the number eight bashes the door down.
A superb defensive read from Lorenzo Pani, recognising the double pull-back play from Ireland and getting up to Calvin Nash looping around the corner. Italy counter-ruck strongly to back up Pani’s work, but Michele Lamaro just knocks on as he tries to gather the loose ball forced. The Italy captain slaps his hands together in frustration.
More scrum-time joy for Ireland, Pietro Ceccarelli this time pinged but the pressure on Danilo Fischetti on the other side equally causing the collapse. Italy are missing Marco Riccioni, who might normally be filling Cecarelli’s number three shirt.
A sign of Ange Capuozzo’s talent, ducking and dancing between a couple of tacklers and almost away. Craig Casey just about grasps onto an ankle to prevent further progress, but that’s what Capuozzo can do.
An Italy knock on ends the attack. Good work from Casey as the sweeping cover defender – the Munster nine has been bright so far.
Jack Crowley appears to have lost his gumshield, which is a bit of a worry. Of course, you don’t have to wear one at professional level, but with so many players now rightly wearing the smart mouthguards that may help identify potential concussions, you would hope that Crowley will soon have a replacement run out to him.
Italy can’t make much of a lineout on halfway, and Stephen Varney is again in a bit of bother as he box-kicks. Joe McCarthy looms over the diminutive scrum half like Charles Byrne, and Varney’s slightly fortunate that the ricochet does not fall particularly nicely for Ireland.