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As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy

2015-10-04 17:16
Last Updated at 17:38
04 Oct 19:35

That's it folks!

Ireland win 16-9 - not the best game of rugby you'll ever see but Italy showed loads of heart to stay in the contest.

Ireland have advanced to the quarter-finals.

04 Oct 19:34

Time is up on the stadium clock.

Ireland win the turnover.

Ireland are playing on but eventually Sexton kicks it out and Ireland win!

04 Oct 19:33

Sexton misses it...

Italy must score from their own line!

04 Oct 19:33

78' Italy not keen on winning this one.

They give away a penalty for changing lanes and obstructing the oncoming Tommy Bowe - Sexton with a chance to win it...

04 Oct 19:31

4 and a half minutes left but Italy can't get their hands on the ball.

It seems their best chance is an intercept right now...

04 Oct 19:29

75' Sexton kicks the up and under so possession is given away.

Italy return the favour almost immediately before Sexton kicks to the corner and out.


04 Oct 19:28
But the lineout throw is long and Ireland have the ball and surge up the field...
04 Oct 19:27
73' This match keeps on surprising - Ireland's 7 man scrum disintegrates and Italy move up the field...
04 Oct 19:26

72' Incredible from Italy as they butcher ANOTHER rolling maul!

Ireland win the scrum and will look to waste as much time as possible.

04 Oct 19:25

71' Bit of drama as Ireland will play the rest of the match with 14 men.

Peter O'Mahony sent to the bin for a shoulder charge as he tried to clean out the ruck.

Nervous ending now for the men in green!

04 Oct 19:23

70' Good work from Murray, turns the Italians back once more with a clever little chip kick.

Ireland need to win, winning pretty doesn't win you World Cups...

04 Oct 19:21

Italy give away a scrum after failing to get their rolling maul in order.

This match is slipping away from them now...

04 Oct 19:20

68' Ireland content to kick the ball deep.

Clever play by them to try dominate field possession at this late stage of the game.

04 Oct 19:18

RWC HISTORY

Mauro Bergamasco joins Brian Lima as players to play in FIVE World Cups.

That's simply incredible!

04 Oct 19:17
66' Italy's new kicker misses his first kick at goal - it was a lengthy one but why Allen went off is beyond me.
04 Oct 19:15
Final 15 minutes, Ireland lead by a converted try.
04 Oct 19:14

64' The Irish fans inside Olympic Park go wild after Ireland win the scrum after McLean can't get to ground.

Brilliant commitment from the Irish pack.

04 Oct 19:12

62' Italy going backwards but look to Parisse for momentum.

He chips it away - what was he thinking?!

04 Oct 19:10

Sexton knocks it over from right in front.

Ireland lead 16-9.

04 Oct 19:10

61' Ireland have another shot at goal after Allen is penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.

04 Oct 19:09
20 minutes left in the match, Ireland have had 69% possession in this half but have failed to really take advantage
04 Oct 19:07
58' Sexton's attempt is good and Ireland lead by 4 points again.
04 Oct 19:05

Hooker Best bursts through the gap but is well tackled.

Ireland eventually go for an up and under after failing to make a clear break.

They should be kicking for poles...

04 Oct 19:04

55' Now Ireland's turn to attack.

Kearney can't find a way through but they have penalty advantage.

04 Oct 19:00

He can!

Italy trail by 1 point now...

04 Oct 19:00

50' It's a low scoring game but plenty of excitement as Italy continue wave after wave of attack.

Ireland eventually give away a penalty.

Can Allen narrow the gap to one point?

04 Oct 18:57

48' Italy looked to have been denied a try.

Sean O'Brien with a try saving tackle on Furno - the Italian lock just put a foot into touch.

Brilliant passage of play from the Italians but come up short in a bid for points.

04 Oct 18:54

46' It's all green but Italy survive six phases of attack and they kick clear.

Italy looked vulnerable but managed to sneak in a turnover - well done Parisse.

04 Oct 18:51

43' Great work by Sexton - he kicks deep into the Italian 22m and out for a lineout.

He needs to step up big time and lead his side to a win here.

04 Oct 18:50
41' Ireland contest brilliantly at the breakdown and Italy hold on and give away a penalty
04 Oct 18:49

Less than minute into the half and Italy win another penalty.

They boot the ball into the Irish 22m - can they score first and really put the cat amongst the pigeons?

04 Oct 18:48

Ireland playing in green and from left to right*

*That's obviously a joke - you're following this online!

04 Oct 18:47

Big 40 minutes left!

Game on!

04 Oct 18:33

Ireland again steal the lineout but Keith Earls can't get his final pass away after he makes the initial break.

Half time!

Italy 6-10 Ireland

04 Oct 18:32
Last play of the half, Italy trail 10-6 but have probably been the better side so far.
04 Oct 18:31

MASSIVE battle in the scrum and Italy win a penalty.

More backslapping amongst the Italian forwards.

04 Oct 18:31

Just a minute left in the half.

Italy have the ball into the scrum on their own 5m line.

04 Oct 18:29

38' Italy get the hook.

They managed to defend the rolling maul and Ireland's Connor Murray knocks the ball on - silly mistake from the scrumhalf.

04 Oct 18:28
Ireland kick to the corner with 150 seconds left in the half...
04 Oct 18:28

37' Ireland can't score from 13 phases with the ball and only 10m to go.

Italy blown up for being offside but they'll be pleased with their tackling and physicality so far.

 
  • 80'

    Ireland win a turnover. Murray feeds to Sexton who has had enough as he punts the ball into touch. That's the game!

  • 80'

    IRELAND 16 ITALY 9

  • 79'

    Ireland win a penalty after Italy are pinged for obstruction. Sexton pushes his kick to the left. Now Italy attack from deep inside their own 22.

  • 77'

    Sloppy at the moment with too many handling errors.

  • 75'

    Italy make a hash of the line-out. Ireland attack and take play up to Italy's half. Sexton kicks for possession and he finds touch inside Italy's 22. Great kick.

  • 74'

    Monster scrum by Italy who win a penalty after Ireland are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Canna finds touch on Ireland's 22 metre mark.

  • 72'

    Italy go through the phases. Gori clears and finds touch just outside Italy's 22.

  • 72'

    YELLOW, IRELAND, O'MAHONY. O'Mahony will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin for a shoulder charge

  • 71'

    Yet again Murray kicks away possession. Line-out for Italy inside their 22.

  • 70'

    Ireland have an attacking scrum inside Italy's half.

  • 69'

    Ireland set up a driving maul. Murray launches a bomb but it comes to nothing. Line-out Italy.

  • 68'

    Both teams are kicking away possession. A bit boring at the moment.

  • 67'

    Italy keep probing as they test Ireland''s defence. They win a penalty after O''Brien is pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Replacement fly-half Canna will have a shot at goal. He misses however.

  • 65'

    Italy attack but they make little headway as they are met by a wall of green defenders. McLean is held up in the tackle. Scrum Ireland.

  • 63'

    Ireland looking more settled now. They kick away possession and now Italy do the same.

  • 61'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 16-9. Ireland win another penalty after Allan is pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown.

  • 60'

    Gori launches a box kick but it's way to deep and the ball rolls over the dead-ball line. Scrum for Ireland just outside Italy's 22.

  • 58'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 13-9.

  • 57'

    Ireland take play up to Italy's 22. They go through the phases patiently. They keep probing and make good headway. They win a penalty after Italy are pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Sexton will have a shot at goal.

  • 54'

    Sexton goes for the short restart and Ireland regather. They take play up to Italy's 22, but it comes to nothing as Italy win the turnover on the deck. Gori hoofs the ball down field and Bowe replies. Italy spill the ball and Ireland have an attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 10-9. His kick is good!

  • 51'

    Italy set up the driving maul and rumble forward. They win a penalty after Ireland are pinged for an illegal infringement at the maul. Allan will have a shot at goal from about 40 metres out on the angle.

  • 49'

    Murray brings some relief with his clearance kick as he finds touch on their 10 metre mark.

  • 48'

    Italy take play up to Ireland's 22 with slick handling out wide. They rumble forward. They swing the ball wide to Furno who surges down the left hand touch line. He is thumped into touch by O'Mahony. Try saving tackle!

  • 47'

    They go through the phases. They spill the ball however and McLean hoofs the ball down field. Zebo gathers and finds touch on halfway.

  • 45'

    Ireland attack and take play up to Italy's 22.

  • 43'

    Ireland attack from a line-out on halfway. They make good headway. Sexton kicks for possession and finds touch inside Ireland's 22

  • 42'

    Italy win a penalty after Ireland are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown. Allan finds touch inside Ireland's 22. This time Ireland win a penalty after Italy are pinged for holding onto the ball on the deck.

  • 41'

    Sexton gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Italy just outside their 22.

  • 40'

    Italy win a penalty at the scrum. Allan finds touch on the 10 metre mark. The throw is over the top and Ireland attack as they swing the ball wide to earls who hits a gap and offloads. It's a poor pass however and the ball goes into touch. That's the half as the players head into the shed for a well deserved break.

  • 40'

    IRELAND 10 ITALY 6

  • 38'

    Ireland set up the driving maul once again. They are brought to ground. Murray spills the ball at the base of the ruck. Scrum Italy.

  • 37'

    Ireland set up the driving maul, but they are brought to ground. They go through the phases patiently. Ireland win a penalty after Italy are pinged for being offside at the breakdown.

  • 35'

    Italy swing the ball wide from the scrum and take play up to Ireland's half. Ireland win a penalty after Italy are pinged for obstruction. Sexton finds touch 5 metres from Italy's try-line.

  • 33'

    Ireland set up a driving maul and make good headway. They fail to produce the ball. Scrum Italy inside their 22.

  • 32'

    His kick hits the right hand upright. Allan clears and finds touch outside Italy''s 22.

  • 30'

    Ireland take play up to Italy's half. McGrath spills the ball in contact and Italy will have a scrum on halfway.

  • 30'

    Ireland win a penalty after Gori is pinged for a dangerous tackle on Kearney. Sexton will have a shot at goal from halfway.

  • 28'

    Italy win another penalty after Ireland are pinged for an Illegal infringement at the ruck. Allan finds touch 5 metres from Ireland's try-line. It comes to nothing however as Ireland make the turnover.

  • 26'

    Zebo stabs a kick through but it's a poor one as the ball roles over the dead-ball line. Scrum Italy just outside Ireland's 22.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 10-6. Italy take play up to Ireland''s 22. They go through the phases patiently. They win a penalty after O''Connell is pinged for not rolling away at the ruck.

  • 20'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON. 10-3. Sexton adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 19'

    TRY, IRELAND, EARLS. 8-3. Murray breaks around the scrum and stabs a grubber through for Zebo but the ball wins the race as it goes into touch. Ireland manage to gather Italy's line-out ball. They rumble forward. Sexton gives a flat ball to Earls on the switch and he goes over for their first try!

  • 17'

    Italy go through the phases with their forwards from the restart. They set up a maul from broken play and Ireland win the turnover after Italy fail to produce the ball. Scrum Ireland just outside Italy's 22.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 3-3.

  • 14'

    Italy go through the phases with their forwards. Italy win a penalty after Ireland are pinged for not rolling away at the ruck. Allan will have a shot at goal.

  • 12'

    Italy take play up to Ireland's 22. Ireland makes the turnover but they are driven into touch in the process. Italy sets up a driving maul and rumble forward inside Ireland's 22.

  • 11'

    Sexton throws the inside ball to Henshaw who spills the ball in contact. Scrum Italy on halfway.

  • 10'

    Ireland gather the restart inside their 22. They go through the phases and take play up to Italy's half.

  • 8'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 3-0. His kick is good and he opens the scoring for Ireland.

  • 7'

    Sexton makes a clean break and take play up to Italy's 22. They go through the phases patiently. They win a penalty after Italy are pinged for being offside at the ensuing ruck. Sexton will have a shot at goal right in-front of poles.

  • 6'

    Italy go through the phases with their forwards. They are pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground. Sexton finds touch on Italy's 10 metre mark.

  • 4'

    Now Sexton spill the ball and Italy play the advantage. They swing the ball wide and take play up to Ireland's half.

  • 3'

    Italy struggling to get over the advantage line. Allan kicks for space but it's overcooked and goes straight into touch. Line-out Ireland on halfway.

  • 2'

    Aerial ping pong at the moment. Sexton finds touch on halfway wit a spiraling kick.

  • 1'

    Allan gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Ireland inside their 22. Murray finds touch on halfway.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool D Rugby World Cup encounter between Ireland and Italy from the Olympic Stadium in London. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Robbie Henshaw will make his first appearance of the World Cup after being named at centre for today's clash. The Connacht back has shaken off a hamstring problem and links up with Keith Earls in midfield as regular partner Jared Payne misses out through injury. Rob Kearney is also out, with Simon Zebo earning the nod at full-back, while Tommy Bowe did enough against Romania to get a starting spot at the Olympic Stadium. Elsewhere it's as expected with a first-choice pack that features Iain Henderson in the second row, preferred to Devin Toner. Jack McGrath returns at loosehead with Cian Healy dropping to the bench having only made his return from injury against the Oaks. Paul O'Connell skippers the side while on the bench Sean Cronin gets the nod at hooker and Chris Henry will cover the back row.

  • 0'

    Sergio Parisse is back to make his first appearance for Italy in the World Cup in today's crucial clash against Ireland. The Azzurri need to win at the Olympic Stadium to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, and will be pleased to get Parisse back after he missed the first two games with a leg injury. He replaces Samuela Vunisa at number eight, with Simone Favaro also getting the nod in the back row. Up front Leonardo Ghiraldini is absent, so Andrea Manici comes into the starting lineup, and Matias Aguero is preferred to Michele Rizzo at loosehead. The other change comes in the centres where Michele Campagnaro replaces Tommaso Benvenuti from the team that battled past Canada last time out. There is also no spot for Martin Castrogiovanni in the matchday squad, with Lorenzo Cittadini starting at tighthead, and Dario Chistolini on the bench.

  • 0'

    The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!

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Ireland Italy
  • 1 Tries 0
    • 18' Keith Earls
  • 1 Conversions 0
    • 19' Jonny Sexton
  • 3 Penalties 3
    • 8' Jonny Sexton
    • 57' Jonny Sexton
    • 61' Jonny Sexton
    • 14' Tommaso Allan
    • 23' Tommaso Allan
    • 51' Tommaso Allan
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 71' Peter O''Mahony
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jack McGrath
  • Rory Best
  • Mike Ross
  • Iain Henderson
  • Paul O'Connell
  • Peter O'Mahony
  • Sean O'Brien
  • Jamie Heaslip
  • Conor Murray
  • Jonny Sexton
  • Dave Kearney
  • Robbie Henshaw
  • Keith Earls
  • Tommy Bowe
  • Simon Zebo
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Matias Aguero
  • Andrea Manici
  • Lorenzo Cittadini
  • Quintin Geldenhuys
  • Josh Furno
  • Francesco Minto
  • Simone Favaro
  • Sergio Parisse
  • Edoardo Gori
  • Tommaso Allan
  • Giovanbattista Venditti
  • Gonzalo Garcia
  • Michele Campagnaro
  • Leonardo Sarto
  • Luke McLean
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Sean Cronin
  • Cian Healy
  • Nathan White
  • Devin Toner
  • Chris Henry
  • Eoin Reddan
  • Ian Madigan
  • Luke Fitzgerald
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  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Davide Giazzon
  • Michele Rizzo
  • Dario Chistolini
  • Alessandro Zanni
  • Mauro Bergamasco
  • Guglielmo Palazzani
  • Carlo Canna
  • Tommaso Benvenuti

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