Well I think we all had a suspicion this fixture could well be one sided affair but Italy will have been hopeful of a score line that reflected their efforts to improve on the international scene. Though they did get three tries to make the score 56-19.
15 Rob Kearney, 6/10. Not massively tested but looked as solid as ever in the 15 shirt. Been around forever and its easy to see why Schmidt keeps faith.
14 Keith Earls, 7/10. A constant thorn in the side for Italy with his incisive runs popping up anywhere in the backline.
13 Robbie Henshaw, 8/10. Looked a class act and showed that with his two tries. Not quite in the league of BOD yet but certainly one of the top 13’s around. Gain Line Star Man
12 Bundee Aki, 7/10. A few first half handling errors but took his try well. You cant deny his power and is a good foil for Henshaw.
11 Jacob Stockdale, 8/10. Looks to the manor born in international rugby. Two great finishes and was unlucky not to get a third.
10 Jonny Sexton, 7/10. A steadying influence on the Irish backline. Kicked well and distributed accurately.
9 Conor Murray, 7/10. Like Sexton, rarely puts a foot wrong, took his try well and as always gave faultless distribution.
1 Jack McGrath, 7/10. Great workrate from the big Leinsterman, never took a backwards step, especially at scrum time.
2 Rory Best ©, 8/10. A captain’s performance from the hooker, great set piece and the usual workmanlike shift around the park. Will have enjoyed crossing the whitewash too.
3 Tadhg Furlong, n/a. Not on the pitch long enough to make a difference.
4 Iain Henderson, 7/10. Truly the modern lock, fantastic around the park and showed that with the odd choke tackle.
5 Devin Toner, 7/10. Really showed his worth in the lineout and showed some lovely touches that led to tries.
6 Peter O’Mahony, 6/10. Not really his sort of game, comes into his own when the chips are down. Never made any mistakes just not his best.
7 Dan Leavy, 6/10. Like O’Mahony, didn’t have much to do. Hard not to compare him to opensides that have come before him.
8 Jack Conan, 7/10. Drifted in and out of the game but when he was in it he looked very good. Showed class with the step inside for Murrays try.
Replacements: Sean Cronin,6/10. Cian Healy,6/10. Andrew Porter,7/10. Quinn Roux,6/10. CJ Stander,7/10. Keiran Marmion,6/10. Joey Carberry,7/10. Jordan Larmour,6/10.
15 Matteo Minozzi, 7/10. Looked rapid at times and took his try well.
14 Tommaso Bienvenuti, 5/10. Struggled defensively against the rampant Irish attack.
13 Tommaso Boni, 6/10. Looked dangerous at times but not enough ball.
12 Tommaso Castello, 5/10. Didn’t see much of the centre in attack. Defended strongly down the middle
11 Mattia Bellini, 5/10. Left out to dry a few times. Needs to work harder and go looking for the ball.
10 Tommaso Allan, 7/10. With front foot ball I think he would have looked good. Bagged a try.
9 Marcello Violi, 6/10. Busy around the base and bossed the pack well.
1 Nicola Quaglio, 6/10. Did his job whilst on the pitch.
2 Luca Bigi, 5/10. Not bad around the park but struggled with set piece.
3 Simone Ferrari, 6/10. Scrummaged well and did his best but was always second best.
4 Alessandro Zanni, 6/10. The experienced look carried on plugging away.
5 Dean Budd, 6/10. Enthusiastic, though often that gets him in trouble in the defensive line.
6 Sebastian Negri, 5/10. No obvious faults but didn’t impose himself.
7 Braam Steyn, 6/10. Like Budd, enthusiastic if not particularly effective.
8 Sergio Parisse ©, 6/10. By his incredible standards a very poor outing for the captain. Saved by his assist at the end.
Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini,5/10. Andrea Lovotti,6/10. Tiziano Pasquali,5/10. Federico Ruzza,5/10. Maxime Mbanda,6/10. Edoardo Gori,7/10. Carlo Canna,5/10. Jayden Hayward,6/10.
Referee, Romain Poite (France), 8/10. Kept things flowing well and the sign of any good reffing performance, I didn’t notice him.