Irish win narrowly over Italy in RBS 6 opening match
Friday, February 10, 2006
Ireland won the opening match 26-16 last Saturday. The match, pitting Italy vs. Ireland at , was not the game many thought it would be. The Italian side Captained by showed that the were a force to be reckoned with. "In the first 20 minutes we really hadn't much ball and didn't get into many attacking positions. They got their confidence out of that and they took the game to us. It was an ugly game of rugby by any standards," said Ireland coach .
The question to be asked is whether or not Italy played well, or Ireland played poorly. "If you go to theand play like that you're going to get obliterated," stated the Ireland Skipper. Italian Boss said, "Against the Irish we succeeded in stopping the opposing attacks." Staying confident of their impressive show against the Irish, Italy's squad to face England next weekend remains unchanged.
- Gavin Mairs. "O'Driscoll has luck of the Irish" — , February 9, 2006
- "Ireland 26-16 Italy" — , date not shown