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Ireland player ratings: Donnacha Ryan shines brightest in 43-point trouncing

12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, after scoring his side's fourth try of the match. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, after scoring his side's fourth try of the match. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Donnacha Ryan, Ireland, is tackled by Andrea Lovotti, left, and Sergio Parisse, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, makes a break resulting in his side's fourth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Josh van der Flier, Ireland, is tackled by Davide Giazzon, left, and Dario Chistolini, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, offloads in the lead up to his side's fourth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Robbie Henshaw, Ireland, leaves the match with a blood injury. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Andrew Trimble, Ireland, scores his side's first try of the game, despite the efforts of George Biagi, left, and Marco Fuser, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Andrew Trimble, Ireland, scores his side's first try of the game, despite the efforts of George Biagi, left, and Marco Fuser, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is tackled by Leonardo Sarto, Italy, on his way to scoring his side's third try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, scores his side's third try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
CJ Stander, Ireland, is tackled by Sergio Parisse, left, and Davide Giazzon, Italy
12 March 2016; Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is tackled by Leonardo Sarto, Italy, on his way to scoring his side's third try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is congratulated by Josh van der Flier, right, after scoring his side's third try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, is congratulated by Andrew Trimble, left, after scoring his side's fourth try of the match. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, scores his side's fourth try of the match. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, is congratulated by Andrew Trimble, left, after scoring his side's fourth try of the match. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, on his way to scoring his side's fifth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, on his way to scoring his side's fifth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, Ireland, on his way to scoring his side's fifth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
12 March 2016; Jared Payne, left, is congratulated by his Ireland team-mate Andrew Trimble after scoring his side's fifth try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Italy. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Nick Purewal

Ireland registered a thumping 58-15 victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon. Here are our player ratings for the 23 Irish players in action.

SIMON ZEBO: Menacing on the front foot throughout. 8/10

ANDREW TRIMBLE: An imposing presence on the flank. 7

JARED PAYNE: Bound Ireland's backline as expected. 8

ROBBIE HENSHAW: Impressive showing from the Connacht star. 8

KEITH EARLS: Did not put a foot wrong all day. 7

JOHNNY SEXTON: Untidy off the tee but impressive with ball in hand. 7

CONOR MURRAY: Ran the show for the rampant hosts. 8

JACK McGRATH: Another big shift from Ireland's Mr Reliable. 8

RORY BEST: Led from the front as Ireland eased home. 7

MIKE ROSS: Vital to Ireland's scrummage. 8

DONNACHA RYAN: Imperious showing as Ireland turned the tight-game screw. 9

DEVIN TONER: Solid return to form for the lineout boss. 7

CJ STANDER: Gritty performance from the Munster flanker. 7

JOSH VAN DER FLIER: Extremely shrewd and encouraging effort. 8

JAMIE HEASLIP: Lung-busting finish for his first of two tries. 8

 

Replacements:

SEAN CRONIN (for Best, 49): High-octane cameo. 8

FINALY BEALHAM (for McGrath, 65): Tidy debut for the Connacht man. 7

NATHAN WHITE (for Ross, 54): Struggled at the scrum. 6

ULTAN DILLANE (for Toner, 54): Potent showing, a big talent for the future. 8

RHYS RUDDOCK (for Stander, 61): Put himself about well. 7

KIERAN MARMION (for Murray, 59): Solid effort to maintain momentum. 7

IAN MADIGAN (for Sexton, 49): Took his try well. 7

FERGUS McFADDEN (for Trimble, blood 20-28, for Henshaw, blood 36-40), for Payne (71): Handled a truncated day on and off the bench well. 7

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