Sunday 21 December 2014

England 13 Ireland 10: Player ratings

Duncan Bech and Nick Purewal

Published 22/02/2014 | 18:36

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care of England during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England
Ireland's Paul O'Connell (R) and Brian O'Driscoll react after being defeated by England
England's Mike Brown celebrates defeating Ireland in their Six Nations Championship rugby union match at Twickenham
England's captain Chris Robshaw leads his team off after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham
Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham
Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham
Jonny May of England goes over to score a try, that is later disallowed for a knock on
Ireland prop Cian Healy runs into England players Luther Burrell (l) and Jack Nowell
England scrum-half Danny Care tries to break through the Ireland defence
Luther Burrell of England tackles Rory Best
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Conor Murray
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (l) is beaten to a lineout ball by Courtney Lawes
Danny Care of England celebrates his try with Luther Burrell
England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Jack Nowell (r) as Jonathan Sexton looks on
Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates scoring his try with Jonathan Sexton
England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell
Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy
Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell
Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell
Ireland's Rob Kearney (centre) celebrates scoring a try with team mates Jonathan Sexton (right) and Chris Henry (left)
England's Billy Vunipola (left) battles for the ball with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy (right)
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham
Ireland wing Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (l) looks on
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney breaks through to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham
England scrum half Danny Care scores the winning try
Danny Care of England goes over to score a try
England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right)
Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland as Dave Kearney looks on

We look at how each player rated following England's absorbing 13-10 win over Ireland at Twickenham.

ENGLAND

MIKE BROWN: Man of the match - again. Imperious throughout. 9/10

JACK NOWELL: Relentless and strong as he looked to get involved. 7

LUTHER BURRELL: His quietest game of the Six Nations so far. 6

BILLY TWELVETREES: Looked to take responsibility throughout. 6

JONNY MAY: An elusive runner who repeatedly wriggled out of tackles. 7

OWEN FARRELL: A mixed bag, but finished in credit - just. 6

DANNY CARE: Scored the decisive try. England's catalyst once more. 8

JOE MARLER: This arm wrestle was right up Marler's street. 7

DYLAN HARTLEY: In the thick of the action yet again. 7

DAVID WILSON: Lasted until the 70th minute in a brave effort. 7

JOE LAUNCHBURY: His best game of the Six Nations to date. 8

COURTNEY LAWES: England's most physical player. 8

TOM WOOD: Threw himself into the forward exchanges. 6

BILLY VUNIPOLA: Limped off in the first half, quiet until then. 6

CHRIS ROBSHAW: Fine performance from England's captain. 7

 

IRELAND

ROB KEARNEY: Fine try and fearless under the high ball again. 8

ANDREW TRIMBLE: Faded as the clash went on. 6

BRIAN O'DRISCOLL: Ageless master could not force another victory over England. 7

GORDON D'ARCY: Shackled by England's imperious defence. 6

DAVE KEARNEY: Unable to influence proceedings. 6

JOHNNY SEXTON: Mostly accurate with boot, not so creative with hand. 7

CONOR MURRAY: Caught out for Care's try. 7

CIAN HEALY: Solid all-round effort but lacking his usual ball-carrying. 7

RORY BEST: Could not force the desired set-piece power. 6

MIKE ROSS: Unable to dominate at the scrum. 6

DEVIN TONER: Solid in the line-out without excelling elsewhere. 6

PAUL O'CONNELL: Lacked the vintage grit to inspire an Ireland win. 7

PETER O'MAHONY: Missing the fire and angst from the Wales victory. 7

CHRIS HENRY: Unable to dominate the breakdown. 7

JAMIE HEASLIP: Set up the try and grafted all day. 7

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