Six Nations

Saturday 2 August 2014

Ireland 46 Italy 7: Ireland player ratings

Nick Purewal

Published 08/03/2014|17:02

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Brian O'Driscoll helped Ireland secure a convincing win over Italy
Brian O'Driscoll helped Ireland secure a convincing win over Italy
8 March 2014; Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll, with his daughter Sadie, leave the pitch after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 March 2014; Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll, with his daughter Sadie, leave the pitch after the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 08: Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll and  Mike Ross of ireland sing the National Anthem during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll and Mike Ross of Ireland sing the National Anthem

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.

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IRELAND:

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

Substitutes:

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.

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