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Twitter Reacts As Ireland Bounce Back To Wipe The Floor With Hapless Italy

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Ireland registered their first win of this year’s Six Nations at the second time of asking, with a well-deserved and comprehensive victory against Italy.

Joe Schmidt had demanded a reaction from his side and they didn’t disappoint, sealing the all-important bonus point in the first half on their way to a 63-10 annihilation.

The late withdrawal of captain Rory Best, while an inconvenience, was not as much of a disruption as it could have been, with Munster’s Niall Scannell coming in for the hooker and doing a solid job for the hour he was on the pitch.

CJ Stander and Keith Earls shared the first five tries between them, before three tries from substitute Craig Gilroy  (with a Gary Ringrose effort in between) hammered the final nails in the Italian coffin late on. Paddy Jackson, meanwhile, was in fine kicking form with a 100% conversion rate.

The tempo may have dropped slightly for the last quarter but by then the mission was accomplished – Ireland get the points on the board and the championship dream, if not the grand slam, is still alive and kicking.

Social media reflected on a job well done by Joe Schmidt and his men:

CJ Stander, in particular, was singled out for praise as his hat-trick was the perfect response to those the were actually calling for him to be left out of this match. The 26-year-old was, unsurprisingly, named man of the match:

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