Monday 18 December 2017

Six Nations: Jim Glennon's Player Ratings

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, left, and Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with the trophy following their side's victory
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton, left, and Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with the trophy following their side's victory

Jim Glennon rates the Irish team.

Rob Kearney 7

Will have been angered by defensive lapse last week and was solid yesterday. Maybe guilty of some loose kicking, but did the basics well and carried back strongly.

Andrew Trimble 8.5

Outstanding. More than repaid faith shown in him. Fulfils a specific purpose and implemented to the absolute letter. Ultra hard working and hugely effective.

Brian O'Driscoll 7.5

Great to see him go out on a high, his like will never be seen again. Enjoyed his last outing, carrying strongly and always threatening the gainline.

Gordon D'Arcy 7.5

Has had an excellent international season and while not sparkling yesterday, a very industrious performance. Workrate phenomenal. Very strong again.

Dave Kearney 7

Like Trimble, never going to be dropped for this game. Ball didn't run for him, but made gainline when required. An excellent first international season.

Jonathan Sexton 7.5

Back to his best with ball in hand; midfield bond as strong as ever with the trademark offensive style on display, kicking from the hand continued at high level.

Conor Murray 8

Edge in physicality the key to selection over Reddan. An underrated defensive asset, in addition to fulfilling basic duties. Possibly best game in green.

Cian Healy 7.5

Relished the French scrum challenge and was comfortable until his withdrawal. Few opportunities for trademark carries and was to the fore in holding firm.

Rory Best 8

Great to watch; another excellent performance. Near faultless line-outs and a consistent asset in the loose. Defensively excellent – a remarkable warrior.

Mike Ross 7

Fundamental to a dominant scrum in Paris. Excellent few weeks' work – his tight-head partnership with Moore brings entirely new dimension to forward unit.

Devin Toner 7.5

Strong lineout now taken as a given but his contributions in the loose have really marked him out. Carrying, ruck, and maul all excellent. Best performance to date.

Paul O'Connell 8

The captain played the captain's role and remains the heartbeat of the pack. Lineout has been a banker all season and yesterday no different. Excellent work-rate.

Peter O'Mahony 7

Made a significant contribution. May not have fully recovered from injury but the passion he brings to the game lifts all around him. A real grinder and natural leader.

Jamie Heaslip 8

Continued his highly effective Championship. Excellent yardage with ball in hand and covered acres in workrate, while strong in tight. Seemingly immune to injury.

Chris Henry 8

Fitting that final act of game was his choke tackle. Strong number of weeks for Henry. Does what's required of him superbly and a constant worker in defence.

Joe Schmidt 8

A superb debut Championship. Some selections open to question, but performances haven't let him down. Proactive substitution management honed to a fine art.

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