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Ireland leave Italy watching on.

Jordan Larmour puts Italian player on the floor during Six Nations rout

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After a narrow victory in Paris last weekend courtesy of Jonathan Sexton's last minute drop goal, the Ireland squad needed to ensure a convincing victory in Dublin over their Italian counterparts in order to not only regain their stride, but also increase the ever important positive points margin in the 2018 Six Nations. 

Aiming for an 18th win in the 19 matches between the two sides, a half time lead of 28-0 put the hosts in comfortable control, and despite a spirited late second half performance form the Azzuri, which included three tries, Joe Schmidt's men completed a solid 56-19 bonus point victory inclusive of eight converted tries.

For many Irish fans, a particular highlight was that of young rising star Jordan Larmour making his Test debut, replacing two-try Robbie Henshaw in the 44th minute after a shoulder injury.

The 20-year-old, who is in his rookie season, began the current campaign on an academy contract, but can now call himself a full international.

Despite a not-so-encouraging contribution which led to Italy's second try, Larmour got the Aviva Stadium on their feet in the final minute with scintillating footwork to leave his Italian opponent watching on from the turf.

Other notable performances from the Irish came from Conor Murray, arguably the best number 9 in this year's championship.

His pace in the opening 50 minutes left the Italians at times chasing thin air. Sexton once again did the business with his boot, with five consecutive conversions before being replaced by Carbery in the second half, who went on to convert all three of his own. 

Watch Larmour's nifty footwork below, and also check out the try-saving tackle from Ireland's Earls.

Italy were denied a late fourth try which would have earned the visitors a deserved bonus point, but a last ditch Earl tackle prevented Minozzi a second of his own.

A stiffer test awaits for Ireland next in two weeks' time with Wales visiting Dublin who will be looking to bounce back from disappointment at Twickenham.

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