Italy 22 - 15 Ireland

Match info: Six Nations at Stadio Flaminio, Rome

Date: 16/03/2013 KO: 14:30 Att: 60,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesVenditti (49)ConversionsOrquera (49)PenaltiesOrquera (14, 22, 70, 80) Garcia (36)



PenaltiesJackson (6, 40, 53, 58, 64)

FT (ht: 9-6)

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  • PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 22-15 Orquera sends the ball through the posts and Italy win! Phenomenal performance from the Azzurri. Ireland hampered by injuries but even so, Kidney's future looks very bleak indeed. A bitter end to a frustrating tournament for Ireland, but Italy are making progress.

  • Time ticking away and Italy have a penalty in front of the posts! We're into injury time.

  • YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, MURRAY! Time running out on Ireland now as they attack, struggling to find a breakthrough. Madigan caught in possession and Parisse counters, penalty advantage to Italy and another yellow card! Murray sent to the bin for tripping.

  • Murray's clearance kick is ineffective and Italy keep the pressure on. Driving maul inside Ireland's half, Parisse breaks. Loose pass is knocked on by Garcia.

  • Replays showing Ryan's late hit that saw him sent to the bin. Italy pressing forward again but Ireland cling on, scrum to the visitors inside their 22.

  • PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 19-15 The fly-half makes no mistake - Italy dreaming two wins in the Six Nations for the first time since 2007.

  • YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, RYAN! Penalty to Italy after Ireland collapse the maul, another chance for points for the Azzurri. Further proof this afternoon that Italy are improving under Jacques Brunel. Donnacha Ryan sent to the sin-bin.

  • Penalty to Italy from the resulting scrum, Garcia lining up another long-range attempt. It falls short and wide.

  • Nasty collision in the air between Craig Gilroy and Edoardo Gori, who lands horrendously. Play stopped, no dangerous play ruled by Wayne Barnes and Italy have the scrum.

  • Andrea Lo Cicero departs with tears in his eyes, Italy's most-capped player of all time leaving the field for the last time.

  • PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-15 Ireland take the penalty and Jackson chips it over to narrow the gap to just a single point. Sergio Parisse back on the field.

  • Free kick to Ireland from the scrum - series of drives before a looped pass from Madigan finds McCarthy in space. Ireland into the 22, the visitors have come alive. Madigan and O'Driscoll pulling the strings as Ireland sit three metres out. Chants of Italian ring out as the hosts drive Ireland back.

  • PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-12 Penalty to Ireland as Qeldenhuys is penalised for not releasing - good work on the floor from O'Driscoll. Jackson going for goal... it's over! Excellent long-range effort from Jackson.

  • Promising Italian attack falls apart from a knock on after some excellent handling from Gori, Masi and Zanni. Scrum to Ireland rooted in their 22.

  • PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 16-9 Jackson lands the three points to bring Ireland back within seven.

  • YELLOW CARD, ITALY, PARISSE! O'Driscoll with a sumptuous offload as Ireland look to hit back. Penalty advantage and Sergio Parisse is sent to the bin for a trip.

  • TRY, ITALY, VENDETTI! 16-6 - Italy are over! Vendetti goes low in the right-hand corner and Orquera converts for a ten-point lead. Huge roar in the Stadio Olimpico.

  • Kick through from Orquera is pounced on by Gilroy, but the Irish winger carries the ball over so Italy have a five metre scrum. Parisse goes blind but is met by Henderson - wide to the right as Masi is stopped short. Vendetti has a burst, Italy into their 8th phase and have an advantage... upstairs to the TMO.

  • Italian lineout on the 22 is taken by Furno with the tips of his fingers. Power from Zanni down the left a Italy close in on the Irish try line.


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