Friday 26 December 2014

Leinster Player Ratings

Published 07/04/2014 | 02:30

Rob Kearney

The full-back's influence appears far less than it is with Ireland and Toulon didn't really invite him into the game. Kept on trying until the death.

Fergus McFadden

Looked lively, but he pulled his hamstring in innocuous circumstances and lasted just 17 minutes.

Brian O'Driscoll

Left the European arena with a couple of missed tackles to his name and failed to really land a punch.

Gordon D'Arcy

Will have nightmares about Mathieu Bastareaud for months to come after an exceedingly difficult afternoon in defence and attack.

Dave Kearney

Tidy as ever, but never got the ball in open play. Rarely put a foot wrong and defended solidly.

Jimmy Gopperth

His selection raised eyebrows and the game plan of up-and-unders failed to trouble the organised Toulon effort. Kicked well, but lacked spark.

Eoin Reddan

Kept going, but was unable to impose his trademark pace on proceedings and never looked like breaking as the likes of Steffon Armitage decimated Leinster's ruck.

Cian Healy

One of the few to hold his hand up, he took the game to Toulon during the first-half revival and scrummed well.

Richardt Strauss

Not a night to remember for the Irish international whose radar was off from his first overthrow and he was hauled off early for Sean Cronin.

Mike Ross

Scrummaged well, but the pace of the game was never going to suit him in the loose. Had Xavier Chiocci in all sorts of trouble.

Devin Toner

A blip on the radar of a landmark season for the giant lock whose assured touch deserted him and whose defensive work let him down.

Mike McCarthy

Made some big tackles in the opening stages, but faded thereafter as Danie Rossouw ran riot.

Rhys Ruddock

Never stopped taking the game to Toulon with ball in hand and his tackling denied the French side certain tries. His emergence as a world- class blindside is a real plus.

Shane Jennings

His concession of penalties directly contributed to the first nine points and he missed tackles as well. Scaled the heights last week, but overpowered here.

Jamie Heaslip

Worryingly anonymous in the face of Armitage's onslaught, the captain kept trying but couldn't break the gainline against the club who tried so hard to sign him.

Replacements

Zane Kirchner (7) looked the part during his long period on in place of McFadden.

Sean Cronin (6) did enough to suggest he should have started.

Jordi Murphy (6) and Marty Moore (6) contributed to the try, while Ian Madigan, Jack McGrath, Isaac Boss and Leo Cullen's introductions came too late.

Matt O'Connor

His biggest test since taking over and it ended in crushing defeat. Question marks over team selection and tactics, his side never laid a glove and exited meekly. Says it's not the end of an era, but it felt like one.

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