Ireland's Jordan Larmour overwhelms Italy with Chicago hat-trick
The Observer Autumn internationals Irelandâs Jordan Larmour overwhelms Italy with Chicago hat-trick â¢ Ireland 54-7 Italy
â¢ Joe Schmidtâs side score 40 unanswered second-half points
The Ireland full-back Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick of tries and the lock Tadhg Beirne two as Joe Schmidtâs side hammered It aly 54-7 in Chicago. Schmidt omitted many of the players who won the Six Nations grand slam this year and the Italians made it tough in the opening period, despite Beirne scoring in the third minute.
The scrum-half Luke McGrath, the centre Garry Ringrose and the substitute hooker Sean Cronin all touched down for Ireland, with Joey Carbery adding five conversions and Ross Byrne two as the Irish led 14-7 at the break.
Michele Campagnaro, the Italy captain, had intercepted a wayward pass by Rhys Ruddock to speed away for a first-half try for Italy that was converted by Carlo Canna, but the Irish proved far too strong in the second period as they cruised to a big win at Soldier Field.Owen Farrellâs kicks and hits help England overcome South Africa Read more
Larmour used his blistering pace and deft footwork to set up McGrath for Irelandâs second try in the 32nd minute of an error-strewn first half. Campagnaroâs try just before the break gave It aly hope but when Beirne went over for his second try three minutes into the second half it heralded the start of 40 unanswered points from the Irish.
Ruddock, Irelandâs captain, said: âWe knew we were inaccurate at times and didnât pick up the tempo. We knew we wanted to pick up the tempo in the second half.â
Softened up by the bruising first half and hampered by inaccurate passing and weak tackling, the Italians had trouble filling the holes in their defensive lines and the Irish backs poured through almost at will.
Campagnaro had a pass picked off by Larmour, who sped unhindered to score Irelandâs fourth try and Cronin bulldozed over to rock the Italians back on their heels.
The Irish backs then took over, with Ringrose drawing two defenders to free up Larmour to score from the left wing before crossing himself in the opposite corner. Larmour added his third in the final minute, blazing up the left wing to seal the man-of-the-match award.Topics
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