Ireland 54-7 Italy, Soldier Field
Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick as Ireland kick-started their autumn internationals with a 54-7 victory over Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.
The result also means Ireland's terrific year continues after they earlier clinched the Grand Slam during the Six Nations and also registered a 2-1 series win over Australia in the summer series.
Ireland got off to a promising start when a combination of Jack McGrath and Niall Scannell sent Tadhg Beirne over the line in the 5th minute for his first international try. Joey Carbery kicked the conversion to take the scoreline to 7-0.
Joe Scmidt's men doubled the lead when Luke McGrath crossed over in the half hour mark that was improved by Carberry. Just before the interval, Michele Campagnaro led the response after intercepting iRhys Ruddock’s pass to dot down before Carlo Canna kicked the extras as the teams headed into the break with a 14-7 scoreline.
As Italy failed to score a single point in the second half, Ireland stepped up the accelerator with further tries from Beirne (43'), Larmour (45, 63, 80), Sean Cronin (55') and Garry Ringrose (65') while Carbery and Ross Byrne had three and two conversions respectively as Ireland went on to register a 54-7 victory.
Ireland will now face Argentina next at Lansdowne Road while Italy will take on Georgia with both the games scheduled on 10th November.