Ireland 46 Italy 7: Ireland player ratings
Published 08/03/2014 | 17:02
Ireland had no poor performers on a day when all 19 players used contributed to an inspiring seven-try success in Brian O'Driscoll's last game at the Aviva.
15 Rob Kearney: As rock-solid as ever and threatening on the counter-attack but fell off a tackle in the build-up to Italy's try. 7/10.
14 Andrew Trimble: Good finish but could still look for more midfield work. 7.
13 Brian O'Driscoll: Deserved man of the match on his Dublin farewell. 9.
12 Gordon D'Arcy: O'Driscoll was not the only centre rolling back the years. 8.
11 Dave Kearney: Hard graft all afternoon helped Ireland to a landslide win. 7.
10 Johnny Sexton: Made complete light of any lingering thumb injury and scored two tries and seven points with the boot. 8.
9 Conor Murray: Forced out of action in the first quarter with nausea. 7.
1 Cian Healy: Dominated the Italians in both the tight and loose. 8.
2 Rory Best: Not a foot wrong all afternoon. 8.
3 Mike Ross: Locked down Ireland's scrum to fine effect. 7.
4 Devin Toner: Got the best of the Italian tight-five and is growing in confidence and stature. 8.
5 Paul O'Connell (capt): Showed fine captain's cool on O'Driscoll's landmark day. 9.
6 Iain Henderson: A slightly muted first Six Nations start for the Ulsterman. 7.
7 Chris Henry: Tireless worker in Ireland's dominant back-row. 7.
8 Jamie Heaslip: Always a threat with ball in hand. His kind of showdown. 8
16 Sean Cronin: Grabbed his first Ireland try in a neat cameo. 8.
17 Jack McGrath: Scored in the closing stages. 7.
21 Eoin Reddan: Deputised for the ill Murray in fine style. 8.
22 Paddy Jackson: Ireland lost no edge when Sexton departed. 8.