Ireland 57 Italy 6
On days like this, rugby, through no fault of the players or even the referee, does itself no favours. A law which was designed to prevent a farce ended up achieving just that.
The match hinged, and was rendered pretty pointless, on a red card for the Italian replacement hooker Epalahame Faiva following a high hit on Dan Sheehan, catching his Irish counterpart on the chin with his shoulder. With no mitigation, Georgian referee Nika Amashukeli had no alternative but to send him off.
As G …