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Saj Chowdhury

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  1. 'The scoreline flattered us'

    Ireland 54-7 Italy

    Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock:

    "We've really enjoyed the experience of playing in Chicago and it was a tough Test match against Italy.

    "We knew we were a bit inaccurate at times in the first half so we wanted to play with more tempo in the second and hold onto the ball for longer. We managed to do that and the scoreline maybe flattered us a bit."

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    Ireland 54-7 Italy

    "Saj, enough of your jibber jabber what's happening next week in the world of international rugby union?"

    Alright! Alright! Take a chill-pill.

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    Ireland 54-7 Italy

    Next it's Argentina for Ireland, then a chance to topple number one team New Zealand... and finally... the USA!!!

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    Ireland 54-7 Italy

    And what a fitting end to the match.

    Jordan Larmour is still only 21 years old.

    An easy win for essentially a second-string Ireland side.

  5. Try - Ireland 54-7 Italy

    Jordan Larmour

    He's done it again.

    Forty metres, three sidesteps and his third try.

    What a day for Leinster man Jordan Larmour.

    Beautiful to watch.

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    Ireland 49-7 Italy

    Jordan Larmour, who has been exceptional, rotates his way away from two tackles before he is eventually brought down.

    He has another chance on the left...

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    Ireland 49-7 Italy

    That was a decent passage of play on the right-hand side from Italy - they look for runners on to the crossfield kick, but there's no-one.

    The ball is sent back down to near the Italian 22 - and the Azzurri go again.

    Seconds remaining.

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    Ireland 49-7 Italy

    We have five minutes remaining and there's another stoppage following an Ireland knock-on.

    Can Italy finish with a flourish?

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    Ireland 49-7 Italy

    John Cooney produces a great impression of Usain Bolt on the left wing as he latches on to a pass following good work from Garry "Ring-a-Rose" Ringrose.

    Ireland take a quick lineout but lose the momentum as Italy's defence regroups in front of them.

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    Ireland 49-7 Italy

    We're enjoying a bit of time-out here. A breather - which frankly Italy need.

    Only 10 minutes left lads - then the Windy City is all yours to explore.

    It's an Ireland scrum.

  11. Converted try - Ireland 49-7 Italy

    Garry Ringrose

    The celebrations in the Ross Byrne household have stopped due to the novelty wearing off.

    Byrne converts Garry Ringrose's try who was fed by Bundee Aki on the right.

    Italy are now 42 points behind. The fightback starts here.

    Garry Ringrose
  12. Converted try - Ireland 42-7 Italy

    Jordan Larmour

    Try of the day.

    So far.

    Jordan Larmour jinks one way then the other to evade to tackles before running over for his second try.

    Ross Byrne then kicks his first points for Ireland.

    Cue more celebrations in the Byrne household.

    Jordan Larmour
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    Ireland 35-7 Italy

    Good running from Petrarca wing Mattia Bellini sets Italy in motion on the left.

    But possession breaks down once more for the Azzurri.

    This has been a nice warm-up for Ireland - we still have 20 mins left, of course.

    Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne replaces Joey Carbery for his debut.

    Cue celebrations in the Byrne household!!!

  14. Converted try - Ireland 35-7 Italy

    Sean Cronin


    Leinster hooker Sean Cronin dives over and his fellow forwards drove over - a forwards coach dream move.

    That was Cronin's sixth international try.

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    Ireland 28-7 Italy

    Ireland pen - it was simply a poor overpowered Italy scrum.

    An Irish line-out just a few metres from the line - the pack start pushing... do we have a try?

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    Ireland 28-7 Italy

    Bundee Aki pumps those little thighs to gain some metres and Ireland sniff the line again.

    The ball finds its way to Jordan Larmour on the left, whose efforts to touch down again, fail.

    Italy scrum.

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    Ireland 28-7 Italy

    Jacob Stockdale uses the sat-nav to find his way around a cul-de-sac on the right, after good handling from Leinster's outside centre Garry Ringrose.

    Ireland have a pen, but Joey Carbery needs treatment after getting smashed in the mush.

    The Munster man has kicked well today.

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    Ireland 28-7 Italy

    Italy's Benetton prop Cherif Traore looks in a bit of pain as he does his best to snatch back possession.

    He's OK though.

    Ireland win a pen and gain some metres.

    Schmidt will probably make some changes in a bit.