Otago Daily Times

Ire­land needs win to set up cliffhange­r

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DUBLIN: A con­vinc­ing vic­tory for Ire­land at home to Italy this week­end could set up a cliffhange­r on the fi­nal day of the long­de­layed Six Na­tions com­pe­ti­tion next week­end.

Ire­land has a game in hand in the com­pe­ti­tion, which was halted in March by the Covid­19 out­break. If it scores a bonus point vic­tory at the Aviva Sta­dium that would mean a five­point haul, one ahead of Eng­land and France go­ing into the last set of matches on Oc­to­ber 31.

Ire­land com­pletes its pro­gramme away in Paris against France while Eng­land fin­ishes off its de­layed fix­ture list in Rome against Italy at the end of the month and would look to be in the driv­ing seat for sil­ver­ware.

In or­der to be in the mix, Ire­land must first en­sure suc­cess this week­end.

It will not have the back­ing of its pas­sion­ate fans, has lost se­nior play­ers to in­jury and sus­pen­sion and is deal­ing with a strict new Covid­19 lock­down in that coun­try, and coach Andy Far­rell has warned about a pos­si­ble Italian sur­prise. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES ?? One­handed . . . Isaac Te Ta­maki, of South­land, crosses the try­line in the tackle of Jone Macilai, of North­land, dur­ing a round five Mitre 10 Cup match in Whangarei.
PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES One­handed . . . Isaac Te Ta­maki, of South­land, crosses the try­line in the tackle of Jone Macilai, of North­land, dur­ing a round five Mitre 10 Cup match in Whangarei.

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