Thursday 30 March 2017

Here is how the Ireland and Wales players rated today

Ireland's CJ Stander following his side's 16-16 draw
Ireland's CJ Stander following his side's 16-16 draw

Nick Purewal and Andrew Baldock

CJ Stander made his Ireland debut against Wales today and he put in a man-of-the-match performance as Joe Schmidt's men drew with Wales. Here is how the players rated.


Simon Zebo: Struggled positionally but always a front-foot threat 6/10

Andrew Trimble: Bullish on the ball but exposed in defence several times 6

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Jared Payne: Rock-solid in the midfield, as ever 7

Robbie Henshaw: Quiet in attack but no errors 7

Keith Earls: Kept his shape well 7

Johnny Sexton: Another sterling performance 8

Conor Murray: Took his try well 7

Jack McGrath: A busy effort all round 7


Rory Best (capt): Led his men well in first outing as new skipper 7

Nathan White: Failed to contain Wales in the scrum 6

Mike McCarthy: A good effort from the stand-in lock 7

Devin Toner: Totally dominated the lineout 8

CJ Stander: Ireland's clear star through bullish ball-carrying 9

Tommy O'Donnell: Good effort from the man who broke his hip in August 7

Jamie Heaslip: As industrious as ever 7


Sean Cronin (for Best, 75): Tidy cameo 6

Tadhg Furlong (for White, 63): Sured up the scrum 7

Donnacha Ryan (for McCarthy, 63): Put himself about 7

Rhys Ruddock (for O'Donnell, 48): Decent shift 7

Ian Madigan (for Sexton, 75): Solid enough 6

Dave Kearney (for Earls, 71): Had little work 6

Unused: James Cronin, Kieran Marmion.



Liam Williams: Gained a late-call-up after Gareth Anscombe was sidelined because of a tight hamstring, and he was rarely out of the action 7/10

George North: Plenty of possession went his way, but he he was well-marked by an impressive defence 6

Jonathan Davies: Showed what Wales missed during the World Cup because of his knee injury. Dangerous in attack, and a defensive rock 8

Jamie Roberts: Had a tough battle with opposite number Robbie Henshaw, but was often Wales' midfield go-to man who again put in a punishing shift 7

Tom James: Did not get many opportunities on his first Test match appearance since November 2010, but he did his job well 6

Dan Biggar: Suffered a knock to his left foot during the early stages, and never recovered. Left the action after 22 minutes 5

Gareth Davies: Kept Wales going forward during an intense encounter when neither side gave an inch 7


Rob Evans: Shone in the scrums and around the field. Fully justified his selection ahead of veteran loosehead Gethin Jenkins 8

Scott Baldwin: Guilty of wasting a golden opportunity when he dropped a second-half pass with Wales attacking, but otherwise solid 6

Samson Lee: Worked hard in the scrums as Wales asserted set-piece supremacy before half-time, resulting in Taulupe Faletau's try 7

Luke Charteris: Gave as good as he got in the lineouts and once again made his share of tackles 7

Alun-Wyn Jones: Prominent during Wales' fightback from 13-0 adrift. Performed at his usual high standard 7

Sam Warburton: Enjoyed a gripping contest with Ireland's back-row newcomer CJ Stander, when neither player gave an inch 7

Justin Tipuric: An all-action contribution from the Ospreys openside, who relished every moment of the contest 7


Taulupe Faletau: Scored his first Six Nations try for almost two years, and was at the heart of Wales' best moments up-front 7


Rhys Priestland: Kicked 11 points after going on early for an injured Biggar 7

Gethin Jenkins: Replaced Evans 13 minutes into the second period 6

Tomas Francis: Went on for Lee after 58 minutes 6

Bradley Davies: Won his 50th cap when replacing Charteris midway through the second-half 6

Ken Owens: Replaced Baldwin 16 minutes from time 6

Lloyd Williams: Gained a late run instead of Davies 6

Dan Lydiate: Replaced Warburton after 73 minutes 6

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