RUGBY SLIDESHOW: Ireland defeat Italy in Tbilisi Cup opener

Emerging Ireland did most of their scoring in the first half as they carved out a 25-0 bonus point victory over Emerging Italy in the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup.

JJ Hanrahan pulled the strings for Allen Clarke’s side in the Georgian capital, kicking an early penalty and setting up three tries for Eoin Griffin, Andrew Conway and Stuart McCloskey as they led 20-0 at the break.

Ireland's John Cooney offloads' after Italy

Ireland's John Cooney offloads' after Italy

The second period was a stop-start affair as the Emerging Italy pack pressed for an elusive try before the young Irish outfit had the final say, full-back Tiernan O’Halloran squeezing over in the right corner with just seconds left.