Wednesday 18 October 2017

Here is how the Ireland players rated against France

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, right, and Tommy Bowe celebrate Ireland's victory against France
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, right, and Tommy Bowe celebrate Ireland's victory against France

It was a flawless performance from Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium against France as he kicked five penalties to seal victory. Here is how the team rated.

ROB KEARNEY: Timely fly-half denied France a clear try. As cool as ever - 8/10

TOMMY BOWE: Gritty defensive effort but few chances to attack - 7

JARED PAYNE: Stoic and solid in defence, just as required - 7

ROBBIE HENSHAW: Precious few attacks but also very few errors - 7

SIMON ZEBO: Kept his head but could not spark the attack - 6

JOHNNY SEXTON: Calmness personified under fire after 12-week absence - 9

CONOR MURRAY: Tidy effort to marshall his pack - 8

JACK MCGRATH: Held his nerve under huge scrum pressure - 7

RORY BEST: Yellow card marred another otherwise-impressive night - 7

MIKE ROSS: Creaked but refused to buckle at the scrum - 7

DEVIN TONER: Lineout off-key for once, but several timely interventions in the loose - 7

PAUL O'CONNELL: Another Herculean captain's performance - 8

PETER O'MAHONY: Battled demonically all night - 7

SEAN O'BRIEN: Showed all his class in first start for 15 months - 8

JAMIE HEASLIP: A night for his grit not his flashy touches - 8

Replacements

Sean Cronin (for O'Brien temporary, 65, for Best, 72): Solid scrum effort - 6

Cian Healy (for McGrath, 63): Back in the groove straight away - 7

Marty Moore (for Ross, 63): Held out under huge scrum pressure - 7

Iain Henderson (for Toner, 75): Tidy cameo - 7

Jordi Murphy (for Heaslip, 60): Industrious effort - 8

Ian Madigan (for Sexton temporary, 45-55): Slotted one goal and stayed calm - 7

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