Ireland held off a resurgent Italy challenge to prevail 42-27 and remain unbeaten in their Grand Slam quest following a competitive encounter in Treviso.
Brian Gleeson, Fintan Gunne and James McNabney all crossed for Ireland in the opening half, with the visitors in control of the contest and an array of errors coming their way from the hosts.
Giovanni Quattrini’s try was the standout moment for Italy in the opening half, at times struggling to break down Ireland’s defence and keep hold of the ball.
A more competitive second half saw Italy impress with tries from Jacopo Botturi, François Carlo Mey and Nicholas Gasperini showing just how dangerous the hosts can be if allowed time on the ball.
However a bonus point try from Hugh Cooney with just over 25 minutes to go meant Ireland always held the lead, and a late Rory Telfer try eased any fears of a comeback.