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Johnny Sexton vs Italy .

Johnny Sexton's comment to Jacob Stockdale was picked up by the referee's microphone

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So far, so good for Ireland in the Six Nations.

Having not been at their best against France, they made their mark in round two with a thumping 56-19 win over Italy.

Crucially, it means that going into their third game against Wales, they are just pipping England to the top of the table.

The Boys in Green have been clinical, and none more so than Johnny Sexton, who scored five conversions.

The Leinster man was the hero of the hour against the French, winning the opener in Paris at the very death.

And once again, he was found leading by example against Italy. While Keith Earls was the big talking point after the game for his try-saving challenge on Mattia Bellini, that came in the 79th minute, so it wouldn't have made a difference to the overall result as Italy wouldn't have been able to secure a bonus point regardless.

As always, though, it was Sexton who was Joe Schmidt's eyes and ears on the pitch, with the referee's microphone picking him up laying into one of his team-mates.

Romain Poite's mic caught the 32-year-old berating Jacob Stockdale for not moving up the pitch quick enough when he wanted to make a break, as Italy's defence had not got back in time.

What Sexton shouted at Stockdale

Stockdale, like many who don't possess Sexton's foresight, didn't smell blood, but he'll have known all about what he did wrong afterwards.

As per SportsJoe, Sexton was heard shouting: "Jacob, get up on the f***ing line!"


By the time Stockdale started to make a run for it, the moment had gone.

However, the Ulster winger was generally effervescent despite that one lapse of energy, scoring two tries.

That's now six in his last six Tests - not a bad return at all.

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