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Saturday, 3 February, 2001, 13:43 GMT
Clockwatch: Italy 22-41 Ireland
Italy's Denis Dallan tackles Mike Mullins of Ireland
Italy's Denis Dallan tackles Mike Mullins of Ireland
All the key moments from Rome as Ireland get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start.

3 mins: Italy penalised for not releasing and Ronan O'Gara kicks Ireland into the lead.

7: Corrado Pilat brings Italy level with a penalty in front of the posts.

11: O'Gara restores Ireland's lead with a penalty after the Italians were guilty of handling in the ruck

13: O'Gara's third penalty attempt drifts wide of the posts.

22: Pilat misses a kickable penalty seconds after going close to a try.

Irish winger Shane Horgan is challenged by Luca Martin
Irish winger Shane Horgan is challenged by Luca Martin

26: A brilliant attack by Italy ends with winger Pilat going over in the corner for the first try of the 2001 Championship. But the Treviso man has to go off injured after his dramatic score.

31: Ireland regain the lead through an O'Gara penalty.

36: Ramiro Pez, deputising for Diego Dominguez, takes over the kicking in Pilat's absence and is well wide with a penalty.

39: Rob Henderson breaks through and a superb run takes him into the corner for Ireland's first try. O'Gara converts from the touchline.

40: An O'Gara penalty gives Ireland 19-8 lead.

40: Italy charge over and referee Jonathan Kaplan calls for video evidence before awarding the Italians' second try to Carlo Checchinato. Pez converts with the last kick of the first half.

Half-time: Italy 15-19 Ireland

42: A timely boost for Ireland as Henderson's speed takes him though for his second try with O'Gara adding the simple conversion.

49: Pez misses another kickable penalty, underlining just how much the Italians are missing Dominguez.

58: Henderson gets his hat-trick try after Tyrone Howe's great run and kick ahead. O'Gara misses conversion.

63: Irish domination continues as Shane Horgan scores their fourth try of the match after the ball had been swept out to the right wing. O'Gara wide with conversion but Ireland now have a 21-point advantage.

Rob Henderson
Rob Henderson celebrates his first try in Rome

70: Irish prop Peter Clohessy sin-binned for 10 minutes.

76: Scrumhalf Allasandro Troncon sent-off for punching his opposite number Peter Stringer.

78: O'Gara gets his first international try. The 23-year-old misses the conversion but has now scored 135 points in his 10 internationals.

80: Bergamasco grabs a consolation try for Italy in injury-time. Pez converts.

Italy: A Stoica, C Pilat, L Martin, G Raineri, D Dallan, R Pez, A Troncon, A Lo Cicero, A Moscardi (capt), A Muraro, W Visser, C Checchinato, C Caione, M Bergamasco, D Dal Maso. Replacements: G De Carli, C Paoletti, G Lanzi, A Persico, F Frati, G Pozzebon, E Gallan.

Ireland: G Dempsey, S Horgan, M Mullins, R Henderson, T Howe, R O'Gara, P Stringer, P Clohessy, K Wood, (capt), J Hayes, M Galwey, M O'Kelly, A Quinlan, D Wallace, A Foley. Replacements: F Sheahan, E Byrne, J Davidson, A Ward, B O'Meara, D Humphreys, K Maggs.

See also:

03 Feb 01 |  Ireland
Hero Henderson targets French
03 Feb 01 |  Six Nations
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03 Feb 01 |  Photo Galleries
Italy v Ireland - in pictures
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