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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Pictures: Ireland Player Ratings

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Rob Kearney 8/10

One of the most impressive individual Irish displays against a top-ranked rugby nation in some time. Kearney was irrepressible in the air, but loose kick allowed French momentum before Fofana's try.

Tommy Bowe 8/10

His intercept in the early throes offered the belief that Ireland could taste victory here in Paris, as well as presenting to France the clear and present danger to their attack of a rushing defence.

REPLACEMENTS

Donnacha Ryan 5/10 - Replaced O'Callaghan in the 58th minute and seems certain to snaffle his first start of the campaign against Scotland
Eoin Reddan 5/10 - As was the case last week, his arrival added zip to the Irish attack when he arrived in the 59th minute.
Peter O'Mahony 5/10 - Four into three won't go for next week as it now seems almost certain that one of Ireland's back-row is set for the chop.
Ronan O'Gara 5/10 - Possibly should have come for earlier for D'Arcy, thus allowing a two-pronged drop-goal option.
Fergus McFadden - Not on long enough to be rated.
Tom Court - Not on long enough to be rated.
Sean Cronin - Not on long enough to be rated.

David Kelly rates the Irish players' performances against France

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