Lar­mour hat-trick blows the Ital­ians away in Windy City

The Rugby Paper - - Autumn Internationals - By DAVID JOHN

LE­IN­STER star Jor­dan Lar­mour blew red hot in the Windy City as the Ir­ish went on an im­pres­sive eight-try scor­ing spree.

Full-back Lar­mour showed the sort of speed, skill and flair which has made him one of the game’s most ex­cit­ing play­ers. He grabbed a stun­ning hat­trick to leave Ital­ian de­fend­ers chok­ing in his wake.

Mun­ster lock Tadhg Beirne also weighed in with a cou­ple of tries and a tow­er­ing per­for­mance as Joe Sch­midt’s men turned on the style.

The men in green flew out the blocks at Sol­dier’s Field and Ire­land cruised into an early 14-0 lead cre­at­ing two fine tries. They could eas­ily have had more be­fore the Ital­ians halved that ad­van­tage on the stroke of half-time.

A driv­ing maul split apart the Ital­ian de­fence and Tadhg Beirne reached over the line for a try on his de­but with Joey Car­bery adding the ex­tras. And when Le­in­ster Luke McGrath fin­ished off a fine move sparked by Jor­dan Lar­mour’s pow­er­ful driv­ing run it was the per­fect start for Joe Sch­midt’s men.

Yet, just as the Ir­ish fans were con­tem­plat­ing queu­ing for their half-time hot­dogs, their heroes were given a re­minder that the Ital­ians were not about to sur­ren­der eas­ily on Amer­i­can soil.

An alert Michele Cam­pag­naro spot­ted his big chance as he in­ter­cepted Rhys Rud­dock’s in­side pass and there was no green jersey in sight as he raced across the line and be­hind the posts to give Carlo Canna an easy con­ver­sion.

It was a lapse in con­cen­trat­ing and de­ci­sion­mak­ing which would have ir­ri­tated Sch­midt, who no doubt gave his play­ers some­thing of a lam­bast­ing dur­ing the break.

What­ever he said it worked won­ders with more heavy pres­sure on the Ital­ian line at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half see­ing the im­pres­sive Beirne burst­ing through weak tack­ling and cross­ing for his sec­ond try.

Car­bery con­verted once more and it was not long be­fore the fly-half was re­peat­ing the act, al­beit from a much more acute an­gle, af­ter Lar­mour in­ter­cepted Cam­pag­naro’s pass, ap­plied the ac­cel­er­a­tor and roared in un­touched.

Sch­midt will be pleased with the open­ing per­for­mance in an Au­tumn cam­paign which moves up a gear against Ar­gentina in Dublin next Satur­day and then a few more when the world cham­pi­ons All Blacks ar­rive seven days later.

Sean Cronin fin­ished off an­other driv­ing maul with the big No.8 drop­ping down with ball in hand and ref­eree Nigel Owens hav­ing enough of a view to award the try.

Car­bery’s con­ver­sion stretched the lead to 35-7 and it was just a mat­ter of how many tries Ire­land could muster. Well, the Ital­ian tack­ling failed to im­prove as two weak ef­forts to try and stop Lar­mour burst­ing clear barely halted the Ir­ish­man in his stride. He strolled over for his sec­ond try and Ross Byrne, who had re­placed Car­bery, con­verted.

Cen­tre Garry Rin­grose joined the scor­ing spree but it was Lar­mour who had the fi­nal say, rac­ing from in­side his own half to com­plete his hat-trick.

Tre­ble: Ire­land full-back Jor­dan Lar­mour

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