Ireland 39 Italy 12
Ireland were flattered by the final score-line, four second half tries distorting what had been for three quarters of the match a performance dogged by inaccuracy and mistakes. The victory, a third in as many games, means that this young Irish side are firmly in control at the top of the Under-20 Six Nations Championship with their next assignment a trip to Saracens’ home ground in a fortnight.
The work of the Irish pack individually and collectively underpinned the win, James Culhane once again a deserved man of the match while secondrows Conor O’Tighearnaigh and Mark Morrissey also had huge games. Jude Postlethwaite, Chay Mullins, Fionn Gibbons and Patrick Ca …