Ireland's newest star Hugo Keenan scores three times in first half as Ireland dominate Italy in Dublin
By Rugby Onslaught

Ireland’s newest star Hugo Keenan scores three times in first half as Ireland dominate Italy in Dublin

Hugo Keenan was robbed of a sensational second try at the Aviva today as Ireland marked their return to the Six Nations with a dominant first-half display against Italy.

The 24-year-old Leinster winger looked confident out wide as the Irish looked for a bonus point win to keep their title chances alive.

The first half ended at 24-3 to the hosts in Dublin.

Hugo Keenan was making his debut for Ireland as he crossed the whitewash three times for Ireland with one sensational effort being chalked off for obstruction.

This was Keenan’s first try of the day.

The young winger looked to have finished a sensational try on a dream debut first half as he got on the end of a brilliant Jacob Stockdale break to race away in the corner. The TMO went back and adjudged there to be obstruction from James Ryan.

Only a few minutes later however he got his brace as he pounced on the end of breakaway out of the Irish half.

This is what you call a dream debut!

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