Result: Italy edge out Ireland

Italy secure their first ever Six Nations win against Ireland with a 22-15 victory.

Italy have finished their 2013 Six Nations campaign with a win by beating Ireland 22-15 in Rome this afternoon.

Italy's Simone Favaro tries to tackle Ireland's Peter O' Mahony during their Six Nations match on March 16, 2013© PA Photos

It was the home side that saw the better of the play in the first half, dominating in the scrum and at the lineouts, but they were unable to add a try before half time.

Ireland were down to 14 men for a spell in the opening 40 minutes, with Brian O'Driscoll sent to the sin bin for stamping on Simone Favaro.

Italy started the second half well, setting Giovanbattista Venditti up for a try following a lengthy buildup.

However, the hosts lost their captain for 10 minutes when Sergio Parisse was shown a yellow card for a trip on Ian Madigan, allowing Paddy Jackson to add three penalties in his absence.

Ireland found themselves down to 13 men for a time as Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray were both sent to the sin bin inside the final 10 minutes, allowing Luciano Orquera to add a further six points and secure Italy's first ever win over Ireland in the Six Nations.

Rory Best
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