Ireland off to winning start over Italy in Six Nations

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Ireland started their 2010 Six Nations Campaign with a win over Italy. Some might describe it as a “hard-fought clash” or a “laboured” – win over the Azzurri at Croke Park, but Ireland never looked as if they are at risk of losing the game.
Ffirst half tries from Jamie Heaslip and Tomas O’Leary and a 16-point kicking haul from Ronan O’Gara helped the defending champions open the 2010 RBS 6 Nations on a winning note.

There were numerous handling errors on both sides and penalties and free kicks at scrum time. Both teams will also have to work hard at improving the lineout play for the remainder of the competition.

Italy scored just before half time with a fortunate try when a hurried kick from Irish full back Rob Kearney was blocked and Kaine Robertson picked up and scored on the try line. This try and the penalty shortly after halftime inspired Italy but they were not able to break down the solid defense from Ireland.

Short Summary:

RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, February 6
IRELAND 29 ITALY 11, Croke Park

Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Jamie Heaslip, Tomas O’Leary; Cons: Ronan O’Gara 2; Pens: Ronan O’Gara 4, Paddy Wallace
Italy: Try: Kaine Robertson; Pens: Craig Gower, Mirco Bergamasco

TIME LINE: 10 minutes – Ireland penalty: Ronan O’Gara – 3-0; 15 mins – Ireland try: Jamie Heaslip – 8-0; conversion: Ronan O’Gara – 10-0; 27 mins – Italy penalty: Craig Gower – 10-3; 28 mins – Ireland penalty: Ronan O’Gara – 13-3; 33 mins – Italy yellow card: Gonzalo Garcia (dangerous tackle); 34 mins – Ireland penalty: Ronan O’Gara – 16-3; 36 mins – Ireland try: Tomas O’Leary – 21-3; conversion: Ronan O’Gara – 23-3; 39 mins – Italy try: Kaine Robertson – 23-8; conversion: missed by Craig Gower – 23-8; Half-time – Ireland 23 Italy 8; 45 mins – Italy penalty: Mirco Bergamasco – 23-11; 47 mins – Ireland penalty: Ronan O’Gara – 26-11; 68 mins – Ireland penalty: Paddy Wallace – 29-11; Full-time – Ireland 29 Italy 11

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