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This scorching Bundee break allowed Ireland clinch a bonus point before half time

Joe Schmidt’s side maul limp Italians with four tries in 35 minutes.

Bundee Aki with Luca Bigi and Marcello Violi Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

BUNDEE AKI SLICED through the heart of Italy’s defence, and Keith Earls applied the finish, as Ireland secured their try-scoring bonus point before half time.

Ireland’s fourth try at the Aviva Stadium arrived on 35 minutes when Aki took four defenders out of the equation with a brilliant line-break before releasing Earls to touch down in the corner:

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Earlier, Robbie Henshaw settled any lingering nerves when he opened the scoring from close range in the 11th minute:

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Conor Murray was on the end of a superb team move three minutes later to score Ireland’s second:

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And before turning creator for Earls, Aki scored his first international try for Ireland, powering over from close range:

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