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IRELAND RATINGS

SIMON ZEBO: Sometimes you either have it or you don't. Totally at ease in this environment -- 7.

TOMMY BOWE: He looked liberated by coming in off the wing in the first-half -- 6.

KEITH EARLS: He wants this jersey on a permanent basis. Fancy footwork -- 6.

GORDON D'ARCY: This old soldier really led the way in the first; faded in the second -- 6.

ANDREW TRIMBLE: He was direct and committed. Just lacks footballing ability - 5.

JONATHAN SEXTON: He hit four out of six penalties. Looked sharp -- 7.

CONOR MURRAY: His kicking was very solid. Needs better vision from the base -- 5.

CIAN HEALY: The aggression of a pit-bull in a dogfight. Often down, but never out -- 8.

RICHARDT STRAUSS: The South African-turned-Irish hooker was in the wars. Gave his all - 6.

MIKE ROSS: Decent in the scrum until Wayne Barnes sided with Heinke van der Merwe - 7.

DONNACHA RYAN: He brought the right attitude. Could not stop Ruan Pienaar for try - 6.

MIKE McCARTHY: Ireland's most effective player as he showed well in all facets of his game -- 8.

PETER O'MAHONY: The Corkman was selected in the position best suited to his skills -- 7.

CHRIS HENRY: Never found wanting for effort. Just slightly one-paced -- 6.

JAMIE HEASLIP: The first time captain looked assured in the role until his binning - 6.


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