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Match Report – Ireland 50 – 17 Italy

Ireland scored seven tries and 50 points to move to the top of the 2020 Six Nations table with a bonus-point win over Italy, but the late concession of a try could hurt their title chances. 

Debutant wing Hugo Keenan scored two tries, while fellow debutant Will Connors scored a try and earned the man of the match for an all-action display in defence and at the breakdown.

CJ Stander, Johnny Sexton, Bundee Aki and Dave Heffernan added further tries, while Sexton kicked five conversions and a penalty, with Ross Byrne adding a further conversion.

For Italy, an Edoardo Padovani intercept try, plus a further Paolo Garbisi try in the final play of the match – after Ireland had taken a drop-goal conversion to ensure further play – brought them 17 points.

Ireland now travel to face France in Paris in the final round of the Six Nations next week, while England travel to face Italy, with the title likely to come down to bonus-points and points difference.

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