A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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Saracens the big winners.
Schmidt says that 2 weeks ago if offered 9 points and a 39 point differential "I'd have bitten your hand off."— Gerry Thornley (@gerrythornley) February 10, 2018
Italy should never have scored 3 tries
When @KearneyRob is on the team, there is always a feeling of "we're grand here". Solid as a rock again today #irevita #robkearney 😊🇮🇪🏉— Mary Carroll (@Merser01) February 10, 2018
Questions around who are the ones taking control when Murray and Sexton are off the field. Defence was poor Leavy missed players for two tries. Jordan and Stockdale still concerns when defending.
Sergio Parisse - Ireland play mich better rugby than England, it is much more difficult to defend. England play well too but personally for me it was much more difficult against Ireland.— david kelly (@dk3lly) February 10, 2018
Apart from the injuries which are a serious concern from an Ireland and Leinster perspective, this was a ‘perfect’ match for Joe to dissect big win yet loose in the 2nd 40 to help bring people down to earth because the remaining matches won’t be as ‘easy’.
The smile on the face of @JacobStockdale says it all well-played @IrishRugby - Full-Time score - IRELAND 56-19 Italy #ShoulderToShoulder #TeamOfUs #IREvITA pic.twitter.com/B9yhCW1CBx— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) February 10, 2018
Disappointing to let in 3 tries but we'll take the 5 points and on we go. Thought the young Connemara man Bundee was outstanding, as was O'Mahony. Gutted for Henshaw. That's a horrible injury. Hopefully Furlong will be good to go for the Wales game. 💚🏉☘️
The backs have improved a bitThe pack have lost the hitThey can run the ballIf they dont trip & fallBut Italy are still pretty shit
— Manus Lappin (@EmeraldRugby) February 10, 2018
For an "easy win" it was fairly attritional injury wise.
I thought that was a second row intercepted there. A winger should never have been caught!— Scottish Rugby Blog (@ScotRugbyBlog) February 10, 2018
Could be very costly for Leinster. The points difference should have been much greater and that could also be very costly come March 17th.
How long has it been since we’ve had try scorers from each province in an @IrishRugby match?#FourProudProvinces#IRLvITA— Miriam Collins (@MiriamCol) February 10, 2018
Pity about Tadhg F and Robbie H but Andrew P showed that he is well able for this level. Great to get the win and score some good tries. Plus there are lessons to be learned by a few which in a way is a positive too. A total romp would have been nice but what would we have learned from that?
With all due respect Italy are not worth 19pts here #IREvITA— Brian Donnelly #FBPE (@bptd1234) February 10, 2018
Injuries a killer for Ireland and potentially long term for Leinster. Ireland were sloppy at times but maybe that was understandable with the injuries and changes.
Earls you absolute savage!Massive amounts to work on for next week. As much concentration as I had in maths paper 2! #irevita
— Keego (@nkeegan) February 10, 2018
Too big a price for Leinster to pay. 4 of our top players out probably for HC and chances are more to come with 3 matches to play!
#IREvITA ...will take that..pity bout injuries and that Larmour didnt get on at 15...Baffled by Conans removal...— Mark Jackson (@markusjacksonus) February 10, 2018
a bit vulnerable in the wide channels and that is becoming a theme. Leinster's European challenge might have ended this afternoon.
This is the highest score Italy have ever put on Ireland in Dublin☘️56 - 19🇮🇹#IREvITA #COYBIG #TeamOfUs #ShoulderToShoulder#Ireland #Italy #ITA #6Nations #sixnations2018 #SixNations #6Nations2018
— Ciarán Duffy (@TheVoiceDepth) February 10, 2018
Marmion and Carberry dont have half the game management of McGrath and Byrne
Thought Rob Kearney was excellent today. For someone that had the pressure of Larmour on the bench his all round game was top class. Brutal luck on Robbie Henshaw too. He’s become a very important player in that team.— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) February 10, 2018
Porter was solid.
Leavy needs to up it yet again (Great potential).
Game time for a lot of young lads which is a bonus. The trend for injuries continued this weekend , England shipping a few last week. So far so good.
John O Halloran
Earls as soon as the Italian gets the ball. pic.twitter.com/hnPVMkGQYt— Overthehillprop (@Overthehillprop) February 10, 2018
We are blessed with Furlong and Porter could be even better. The lad was still playing loosehead 18 months ago. Had a phenomenal game carrying, tackling and clearing out. Great hands too.
Hard to know what to make of that one. Easy bonus point win but 19 conceded. A bit like finding a €50 note on the street but it has some bird shit on it #IREvITA— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) February 10, 2018
Good structure until all the changes.
Great result and performance to back up Paris. I'd have given back two tries to avoid the Tadhg & Robbie injuries if I could hope they're OK. Cracking day otherwise #natwest6nations #IREvITA— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) February 10, 2018
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP