Friday 14 December 2018

Ireland v South Africa player ratings: Andrew Conway stars as he scores first try for Ireland

Andrew Conway of Ireland scores his side's first try during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Andrew Conway of Ireland scores his side's first try during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland produced an impressive performance to beat South Africa 38-3 in Dublin.

Here, Press Association Sport assesses the players' performances.

Rob Kearney: Still able to churn out the performances after all these years. 7/10

Andrew Conway: Rapid reflexes conjured the pivotal score, fine game. 9

Robbie Henshaw: Never quite able to cut loose but a constant threat. 7

Bundee Aki: Encouraging debut from the pumped-up Connacht man. 7

Jacob Stockdale: Alert and canny operator who proved his Test class and claimed a late try too. 7

Johnny Sexton: Missed several tackles but posted the points and ran the show. 7

Conor Murray: The world's best scrum-half delivered yet again. 8

Cian Healy: Bullish showing from the Leinster wrecking ball prop. 7

Rory Best (captain): Reconfirmed his quality to lead at this level. 8

Tadhg Furlong: More sterling work from a standout star. 8

Iain Henderson: Delivering on the physical promise that has been evident for years. 8

Devin Toner: Another solid shift from Mr Dependable. 7

Peter O'Mahony: Grafted in the shadows, just the way he likes it. 8

CJ Stander: The South Africa-born Munster man showed his home country what they missed out on. 8

Sean O'Brien: Another bruising performance from the feisty Leinster star. 8

Replacements: Late scores from Rhys Ruddock and Rob Herring underpinned Ireland's well-deployed bench. 8

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