February 11, 2017 / 4:30 PM / a year ago

Rugby-Ireland crush Italy in bonus-point try fest

ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Ireland recorded their biggest ever Six Nations victory as they smashed Italy 63-10 in Rome on Saturday, running in nine tries and earning the tournament’s first attacking bonus point.

The 2015 champions rebounded from a narrow loss against Scotland last week in Murrayfield and earned their four-try bonus point in barely 30 minutes, with blindside flanker and man-of-the-match CJ Stander scoring the second of three tries.

Substitute winger Craig Gilroy also scored a hat-trick late in the second half, with Irish winger Keith Earls running in two tries and Garry Ringrose also crossing the chalk.

Italy were awarded a penalty try. (Reporting by Mark Bendeich; Editing by Toby Davis)

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