Heaslip hails ‘clinical’ Ireland

Date published: February 11 2017

Ireland skipper Jamie Heaslip was full of praise for his side after they claimed a comprehensive 63-10 win over Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Heaslip, who captained Ireland after Rory Best withdrew due to illness, admitted that he was relieved to be on the winning side after his side lost to Scotland last weekend.

The number eight hailed Ireland’s character to bounce back from that defeat to score nine tries against the Azzurri.

“The final score put a nice shine on it,” Heaslip told ITV.

“We got a few lucky bounces but worked a lot of scores.

“We were a lot more clinical, we were a bit loose at times last week, but we showed in that second half what we can do.

“We took a lot of belief from that and corrected what we did wrong and focused on what we can do.”

“It’s nicer to win than lose. Everyone on that field is a competitor.

“We are delighted with the score and especially the second half. Italy really challenged us at times.

“Our defence was very good but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

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