Ireland struggled past Italy after trailing at half time, they won 26-16 thanks to a late try from Conor Murray.
Mission accomplished and it’s five points achieved, which is what Ireland set out to do, but that was not impressive. We have to forget about Cardiff for the moment and we have to get ourselves right for that French game. said Tony Ward, Former Ireland fly-half.
Connacht player Jack Carty made his international debut, but Johnny Sexton seemed very angry after been taken off at 77minutes. “There is something about Jack Carty that I really like. I’m not sure what was going on with Johnny Sexton when he was replaced because it’s a huge moment for the young man.” said Ward.
Chris Henry, Former Ireland flanker said “We know with the quality of players Ireland have, they should have more of a convincing win over Italy, but it didn’t happen. Johnny Sexton was frustrated with his performance and Italy should be proud of their performance. There is a lot to work on ahead of what is a big game now against France.”