Andy Farrell warned Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations title defence “gets tougher from here” after his aspect swatted apart Italy.
The reigning champions registered a thumping 36-0 bonus-point win to again up final week’s assertion success away to pre-tournament favourites France.
Winless Wales go to Dublin on February 24 earlier than Ireland end their marketing campaign with March appointments towards England and Scotland.
Head coach Farrell feels his crew have made a “decent start” to the championship as they search to make historical past by claiming back-to-back Grand Slams.
“Obviously delighted with two from two and maximum points, 36-0 is a nice scoreline for us,” he stated.
“To put in a performance like that where I thought we were clinical at times, I thought our set piece was excellent, top drawer, and then scoring some nice tries on the back of all that type of pressure was very pleasing to get over the line.
“Two from two. It’s a decent start. It gets tougher from here on in.”
Jack Crowley’s first senior strive set Ireland on the right track for victory earlier than Dan Sheehan’s double and scores from Jack Conan, James Lowe and Calvin Nash accomplished a routine success.
The one-sided consequence was the primary time Ireland had nilled a crew within the championship since a 17-0 conquer England within the 1987 Five Nations.
Stand-in captain Caelan Doris, who deputised for the injured Peter O’Mahony, stated: “Keeping them to zero was definitely very pleasing given the quality of their attack.
“It was something we talked about during the week, they’ve a lot of structure in their attack and they’ve got threats throughout.
“I don’t think it’s a mean feat keeping them to zero and we’re happy with that, definitely.”
Farrell made six personnel adjustments for Sunday afternoon’s contest, which happened in entrance of a subdued capability crowd.
The Englishman expects to have sidelined quartet O’Mahony, Tadhg Furlong, Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose again in coaching earlier than dealing with Warren Gatland’s males however is ready to find the extent of an damage suffered by full-back Hugo Keenan.
“Hugo’s got a bang on his knee so I don’t know,” stated Farrell.
“He seems in good spirits but you saw him and he was limping so we’ll see how he turns up tomorrow morning (Monday) whether he needs someone to have a look at that or not.
“I don’t know at this stage.”
Italy arrived on the Aviva Stadium on the again of a optimistic efficiency in a three-point defeat to England however hardly ever entered the hosts’ 22.
Azzurri head coach Gonzalo Quesada stated: “They didn’t need to do anything special, just run through their system, their attack.
“When they go those 19 points of difference (in front), it’s like the All Blacks some years ago, they just go through their basics and they had 100 per cent of the lineout, 100 per cent of the scrum, 100 per cent of the high balls.
“And then they just work their rucks in attack and defence with extreme efficiency.
“We expected that level of performance. They did what we know they can do.
“The frustration is more that we couldn’t put a bit more pressure on them like we wanted.”