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Lineouts Won/Lost: Ireland 66/6, Italy 65/8Scorers: Italy: Tries: Corrado Pilat, Carlo Checchinato, Mauro Bergamasco; Cons: Ramiro Pez 2;
Pen: Pilat Ireland: Tries: Rob Henderson 3, Shane Horgan, Ronan O’Gara; Con: O’Gara 2; Pens: O’Gara 4
Rob Henderson had undoubtedly his finest game for Ireland on their first visit to Rome’s Stadio Flaminio as he pocketed a nifty 19 minute hat trick of tries.
His 39th minute opener was the best of the lot as O’Gara sent him crashing over past Christian Stoica in the left corner after a bullocking 40 metre dash.
The Azzurri were still right in it at the break,
trailing by 19 15 after tries from right wing Corrado Pilat and lock Carlo Checchinato.
Henderson a future Lion that year took just two minutes to bag a timely second on the restart and a brilliant run and chip ahead from Tyrone Howe paved the way for the Dover born centre to notch his third soon after.