Ireland get back to winning ways with victory over Italy

Ireland's women were 14-3 winners in front of a home crowd in Dublin

Ireland, Women's Six Nations,

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Ireland welcomed Italy to Dublin in the Six Nations on Sunday afternoon as they looked to bounce back from defeats to France and England in recent weeks.

Head coach Tom Tierney made a number of changes to reinvigorate his side, including bringing in a number of uncapped players.

The changes did have the desired effect as, despite some early pressure from Italy, Ireland found their rhythm and started to inch their way in front on the scoreboard. 

Lindsay Peat got over the line for her first international try shortly before the half-time break to put Ireland 7-3 ahead, with Niamh Briggs slotting over the conversion. 

With plenty of experience and strength to call from the bench, Tierney's side got on top in the second half and stamped their authority on the game with Paula Fitzpatrick touching down too off a maul after the hour mark. 

You can watch the game back in its entirety below:

Sene Naoupu

Niamh Briggs kicks a penalty

Sene Naoupu

Paula Fitzpatrick

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The lineups in full were: 

Ireland:

(15-9) Kim Flood, Liz Burke, Niamh Briggs (capt), Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller; Nikki Caughey, Mary Healy;

(1-8) Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney, Ailis Egan, Elaine Anthony, Marie Louise Reilly, Ciara Cooney, Ciara Griffin, Sophie Spence.

Replacements (16-23): Zoe Grattage, Ruth O'Reilly, Fiona Reidy, Claire Molloy, Paula Fitzpatrick, Larissa Muldoon, Nora Stapleton, Claire McLaughlin.

Italy:

(15-9) Manuela Furlan; Maria Magatti, Maria Grazia Cioffi, Michela Sillari, Sofia Stefan; Beatrice Rigoni, Sara Barattin (capt);

(1-8) Elisa Cucchiella, Lucia Cammarano, Melissa Bettoni, Elisa Pillotti, Alice Trevisan, Michela Este, Isabella Locatelli, Elisa Giordano.

Replacements (16-23): Lucia Gai, Gaia Giacomoli, Diletta Nicoletti , Valentina Ruzza, Ilaria Arrighetti, Silvia Folli, Paola Zangirolami, Veronica Madia.