|Eire (14) 21|
|Tries: Peat, Molloy, Penalty Cons: Tyrrell 2|
|Italy (7) 7|
|Attempt: Bettoni Con: Sillari|
Eire moved as much as second within the Ladies’s Six Nations desk with a 21-7 win over Italy in Dublin.
Melissa Bettoni opened the scoring when Italy breached the Eire defence after intensive strain.
Nonetheless, Eire led on the break because of scores from Lindsay Peat and the returning Claire Molloy.
The second half was plagued by errors and stoppages however a penalty attempt with 10 minutes remaining secured the win for Adam Griggs’ facet.
Some 245 days since their final outing in opposition to England, Eire’s build-up was disrupted after full-back Eimear Considine and substitute prop Laura Feely have been dominated out after inconclusive Covid-19 exams.
Italy, who shocked Eire in Rome in 2019, got here flying out of the blocks with Tyrrell and the mixed efforts of Kathryn Dane and Laura Sheehan denying the guests try-scoring possibilities after some rusty Eire dealing with.
Tyrrell, making her first worldwide begin at fly-half, appeared nervy within the early phases at Energia Park and kicked straight into contact, a mistake which Italy capitalised on.
From the ensuing lineout, highly effective flanker Giada Franco burst by means of three tackles after Italy retained possession, with Michela Sillari popping a go as much as the oncoming hooker Bettoni, who powered over the Irish line.
Endurance pays off
After weathering the Italy storm within the opening half-hour, during which Eire had solely 29% of possession, the hosts burst into life when the settled Tyrrell chipped by means of to Beibhinn Parsons, who fumbled the ball with the attempt line gaping.
Regardless of the missed alternative and an extra likelihood squandered by lock Nicola Fryday, Eire obtained on the board when Peat barged her approach over from a rolling maul.
Simply 12 days shy of her fortieth birthday, the prop took on two Italy defenders earlier than touching down, which was confirmed after a short test by TMO Neil Paterson.
With the wind of their sails, Eire pressed for his or her second attempt earlier than the break, with Sheehan scythed down within the Italy 22.
Molloy, who received her seventieth cap after getting back from a sabbatical, rounded out an excellent group attempt after some wonderful work from Enya Breen, Dane and Peat.
Regardless of the half-time whistle halting their momentum, Eire continued the place they left off and received a penalty deep within the Italy half, though one other dealing with error from Sheehan stopped any try-scoring alternative.
Indiscipline on the breakdown value Eire when Molloy made a break into the Italy 22, however Fryday entered the ruck from the facet, which allowed the guests to clear their traces.
Ulster’s Brittany Hogan made her debut after 63 minutes because the early tempo of the sport halted due to damage stoppages and dealing with errors.
Undeterred, the very good Molloy made one other half-break into the Italy 22. The guests have been penalised for not rolling away however hooker Cliodhna Moloney was adjudged to have thrown a crooked lineout as one other likelihood went abegging.
Nonetheless, Moloney, in her final motion earlier than being changed by Ulster debutant Neve Jones, charged down Veronia Madia’s clearance kick handy Eire a 5m scrum.
Eire thought that they had touched down from the ensuing set play after 70 minutes when captain Ciara Griffin powered over, however scrum-half Dane was deemed to have blocked reverse quantity Sofia Stefan.
Regardless of Dane’s infringement, referee Hollie Davidson adjudged prop Silvia Turani to have pulled out of the scrum and subsequently awarded Eire the penalty attempt.
Eire, who’ve received their three house matches, are six factors behind runaway leaders England within the desk earlier than their last recreation in opposition to France on 1 November.
Eire: Delaney, Sheehan; Naoupu, Breen; Parsons; Tyrrell, Dane; Peat, Moloney, Djougang; Fryday, Cooney; Wall, Molloy, Griffin.
Replacements: Jones, O’Dwyer, Lyons, Hogan, O’Connor, Hughes, Muldoon, Fitzhenry.
Italy: Furlan (capt), Ostuni Minuzzi, Sillari, Rigoni, Muzzo, Madia, Stefan; Turani, Bettoni, Gai, Tounesi, Duca, Sgorbini, Franco, Giordano.
Replacements: Cerato, Skofca, Merlo, Fedrighi, Sberna, Barattin, Capomaggi, Mancini.