After captain Rory Best recorded his ninth worldwide try, Italy finally got off the mark as Tommaso Allan went over despite suspicions of a forward pass, only for Jacob Stockdale to promptly restore order.
Schmidt, who is bidding to secure a third Six Nations title since he took over after the 2013 tournament, did bemoan some sloppy that allowed Italy to score three second-half tries. "If the crowd can be patient, maybe we can do something similar". A few years ago losing Sean O'Brien and his replacement Josh van der Flier would have provoked panic stations.
"After scoring two tries in the first 15 minutes then you start to get a little freer with the ball, take a chance you might not otherwise". Schmidt believes their introduction will not unbalance the back row.
Still, Schmidt reflected on a job done after the first two matches.
Another Henshaw try arrived soon after the restart when Sergio Parisse's pass was cut out, but he hurt his arm in the process and had to go off as Ireland's fitness worries mounted.
Joe Schmidt has not written Robbie Henshaw out of the Six Nations, despite the centre suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder against Italy.
The Scotland coach said his time in France was "pivotal" in his development as a player and a manager, and he is now up against Brunel who already has global experience from taking charge of Italy between 2011-2016.
Henshaw's withdrawal afforded Jordan Larmour a maiden global outing and Ireland's dominance continued, with Best grabbing a rare five-pointer, although Allan quickly responded in a brief moment of Italian resistance. O'Shea made no bones about how he sees Larmour.
"Ireland is a great side and when they play under pressure they are very good, and today they played without pressure and they are awesome".
"I couldn't even step off one foot, I just ran straight the whole time! He is box office, isn't he?"
"We have a lot of ability but we have a lot of work to do".
"He looked in a fair bit of discomfort when he came off but what is promising is the fact that he was more comfortable later on", said Schmidt. Instead, he insisted that Schmidt's side are a more hard opponent than the reigning champions who put 46 points on them in Rome last weekend. Italy and O'Shea can point to a largely laudatory performance against England but the fact is they still shipped points in the final quarter.
But Ireland will be sweating on Henshaw's fitness for the rest of the Six Nations.