Rugby Tips: Your best bets for Ireland v Italy on Sunday afternoon

Our tipster Sam Farley's expecting Italy to fight hard in Dublin.

Hugo Keenan

Ireland v Italy Tips

Italy +32
Hugo Keenan any time try scorer

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

The last game of the weekend pits favourites Ireland against Italy, as Ireland are looking at making it two from two before taking on their triple crown rivals.

The Italians pushed England all the way last week losing out narrowly in the end. They will be looking to play spoiler on Sunday so here’s your best bets for the second round of the 2024 Six Nations.

Sunday 3pm: Ireland v Italy Tips
Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium

Italy +32

With a handicap of this size it’s purely a race against the clock and I think Italy will have just enough time to hold Ireland to within thirty points. The Azzurri start games with plenty of enthusiasm but tend to waver as the match reaches it’s conclusion.

They kept the chariot to within three points last week and, while I believe Ireland will push them further, the Italians won’t lie down easy. Having travelled to the Aviva only prior to the World Cup it was 16 points that separated the sides.

Ireland have rung a few changes this week taking out a few big names. Having put in such a big performance last week in France there inevitably will be a drop in intensity but they should still win comfortably, however it’ll be a race against the clock to win by 32+.

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Hugo Keenan any time try scorer

Keenan is a staple of the Irish back three and is Ireland’s unquestioned number one full-back. He put in another fantastic performance in France last week and, now with the Italians in town, the Irish back three are licking their lips at the opportunity to go over for a try.

He will be looking to get back in the try scoring books after last going over twice against the Scots in the World Cup. Keenan’s value appeals here and is worth the any time try scorer bet. He’s 12/1 for first try scorer if you fancy it.

Ireland v Italy Tips

Italy +32
Hugo Keenan any time try scorer

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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