Excellent play from Italy and really impressed by their attacking structure. Also managed to generate very quick ball, and achieved against an Ireland side that really wasn’t that bad. I think we saw just how important Ringrose is to Irelands defensive system, and it’s really important we get him back for Scotland. Players who disappointed, for me, were McCloskey and Conan, and I thought Lowe was poor defensively. I’m not sure Coombes is any slower than Conan, but he is a better carrier and he has great hands, and i Would really like to see how he’d manage in a match like todays.
Keenan was impeccable as ever, and he’s I’m another one of those who wondered, only for one or two games admittedly, what Farrell daw in him, and for me he is now the best fullback in the world, It was nearly a relief when he threw that poor pass towards the end as it showed that he’s human. Tom O’Tooles performance was a real eye opener, especially after Bealham seemed to struggle in the scrum.
Watched it with a group of rugby friends and the general consensus was that Ireland weren’t actually that bad, and proved once again that their ability to create try scoring opportunities makes them very dangerous and difficult to beat even when they’re not close to 100%. To a large extent they played as well as an excellent Italian side allowed them to play.