Ireland were given an almighty fright at the Stadio Flaminio today, where a late drop-goal from Ronan O’Gara spared their blushes.
They trailed 3-6 at half-time, but started the second half with much more intent as Brian O’Driscoll scored to give them the lead. The game was error-strewn without, and not a great spectacle, but the climax was dramatic.
Italy came so close to a first-ever victory over Ireland after Luke Maclean scored in the corner with just a few minutes remaining, but up stepped ROG to silence the crowd.
O’Driscoll said at the end, “It was sub-standard and we’ve got to expect more of each other. Thankfully we won today and that’s probably the only thing we can take out of the game.”
What are your thoughts? What do Ireland need to work on?