Apart from a quiet 10 minutes in the second half, which saw Italy score a try and apply some pressure, this was a professional performance from Andy Farrell's men.

Lots of new talent blooded at Test level and stars born in the shape of Will Connors and Hugo Keenan, with recent debutant Caelan Doris the pick of the bunch. 

A young Italy side were no match for the home side, but there will need to be an improvement in pretty much every department if Ireland are somehow going to score a bonus-point win in Paris next weekend.

Jacob Stockdale - 6

Quiet start for the full-back, but he began to find his range with big left boot. Will be upset his scything run for Keenan's disallowed try was for nothing.

Andrew Conway - 6

Played second fiddle to Keenan in the first half but saw a little more ball in the second period as Murray and Sexton hoisted a few high kicks in his direction.

Garry Ringrose - 6

Showed his attacking prowess and scrum-half potential in build-up to first try. Composed, even kicked when required. Unfortunate blow to head ended his game after just 27 minutes.

Bundee Aki - 7

Arguably Ireland's form player in early part of the season, his power on both sides of the ball was evident throughout. Second-half try was just rewards for a very solid outing.

Hugo Keenan - 8

A pair of tries on his debut and it could have been three. Showing a fine step off his left to cut inside and finish well for the first and a turn of pace to get on the end of the second. Some decent aerial moments and looked a Test winger throughout

Johnny Sexton - 7

Won't enjoy watching his floaty, intercepted pass to Robbie Henshaw that gifted Italy their first try. Superb kicking from the tee bar one miss and he got a try. Unusual dropped pass saw a good attacking position lost in first quarter but for the most part the Ireland captain enjoyed quite a relaxed afternoon and could pick his passes and kicks.

Conor Murray - 7

Early yellow put his team under pressure. Showed great vision and imagination to kick the ball long for Keenan to chase on his second try. 

Cian Healy - 7

Did the business at scrum-time and threw his weight about. Very much the wise old head in that front-row and showed his experience when necessary.

Rob Herring - 6

Never expected to have the same influence as the departed Rory Best. The Ulster man made eight tackles in defence and showed for the ball before being replaced by Dave Heffernan. Successful with six of seven lineouts.

Andrew Porter - 7

Superb defence, earned an early penalty with breakdown poach and then had a great steal after a lineout. The Irish scrum was solid throughout. Tadhg Furlong won't have it all his own way when he returns from injury.

Tadhg Beirne - 7

Stole a first-half lineout and tackled like a demon throughout. His defensive numbers are a sight to behold.

James Ryan - 6

An errant arm and foot saw his Leinster team-mate's Hugo Keenan's second try ruled out. Not his most influential performance but still made 15 metres with the ball in hand.

Caelan Doris - 8

An immense performance. Ripped the ball from Italians under Ireland's posts, setting in train the move for Keegan's second try. Then was instrumental in Sexton's try. A powerful player with a big future one would think.

Will Connors - 8

Another debutant try-scorer, the man with ball in hand at end of drive that responded to Italy's try. Unfazed by the Test surroundings and continued his fine provincial form, characterised by fearsome tackling. Some fine breakdown work too in all action display. An absolute menace.

CJ Stander - 7

Scored early try with another typical display of strength. Will love the freedom afforded him with two such powerful and industrious flankers on either side.

REPLACEMENTS

Robbie Henshaw (for Ringrose 27) - 6

Good pass for Keenan try while on for Ringrose HIA.

Dave Heffernan (for Herring 51) - 6

A try for the Connacht man.

Ed Byrne (for Healy 56) - 6

Will be happy with debut.

Peter O'Mahony (for Connors 68) - 6

Unusual position for the Munster man and did not do enough to dislodge those ahead of him at present.

Ross Byrne (for Sexton 71) - 6

Minutes under belt.

Jamison Gibson-Park (for Murray 67) - 6

Another debut - will hope for more minutes soon.