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In Pics: Ireland 26 Italy 16

In Pics: Ireland 26 Italy 16

Click here for photos from Ireland’s hard-fought RBS 6 Nations win against Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Pictured above: English referee Dave Pearson awards a try to Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery after 26 minutes at Lansdowne Road. It was the Limerick man’s first try on the occasion of his first start for his country.

Ireland lock Paul O’Connell is tackled by Italy centre Mirco Bergmasco (left) and fly half Ramiro Pez (right).

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Italian full-back Cristian Stoica feels the crunch of a double tackle from Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll.

Italian winger Ludovico Nitoglia gets to grips with Ireland’s Shane Horgan.

Ronan O’Gara, one of Ireland’s heroes on Saturday, is challenged by Sergio Parisse and Santiago Dellape of Italy. O’Gara kicked two conversions and four penalties for a 16-point haul, taking his career points tally to 547 points – leaving him 13 behind Ireland’s record points scorer David Humphreys (560).

Italian replacement lock Carlo Del Fava climbs highest to claim a lineout ahead of Ireland’s Donncha O’Callaghan.

Ireland flanker Simon Easterby gets it from both sides from Italian replacement lock Carlo Del Fava (left) and prop Martin Castrogiovanni (right).

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**All photos by Andrew Paton and Morgan Treacy of Inpho Photography**