Thursday 19 April 2018

Here is how the Irish players rated in Rome stroll

Ireland's Paddy Jackson, left, Craig Gilroy, centre, and Tadhg Furlong following their victory
Ireland's Paddy Jackson, left, Craig Gilroy, centre, and Tadhg Furlong following their victory

Nick Purewal

There was no trouble with the team bus today as Joe Schmidt's Ireland made a blistering start to hammer Italy in Rome. CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy grabbed a hat-trick apiece in the 63-10 victory. Here is how the Ireland players rated.

15 Rob Kearney: Fine afternoon's work only marred by a potential arm injury at the end. 7 (out of 10)

14 Keith Earls: Took both his tries well and looked dangerous every time he got onto the ball. 7

13 Garry Ringrose: A promising showing from Ireland's gifted young gun, capped by a fine late try. 7

12 Robbie Henshaw: Kept his discipline to run the hard lines and create gaps for his team-mates. 7

11 Simon Zebo: Provided plenty of openings for his team-mates by cutting in well off his wing. 7

10 Paddy Jackson: A flawless day with the boot and a fine effort with ball in hand too. 8

9 Conor Murray: Kept Ireland ticking over by moving Italy around with fast, smart play. 8

1 Cian Healy: Scrummaged well and carried hard early on as Ireland softened up their hosts. 8

2 Niall Scannell: A good debut from the Munster man who was rushed into the starting line-up at the last minute. 8

3 Tadhg Furlong: Dominated Italy from the off at the scrum and worked tirelessly elsewhere. 8

4 Donnacha Ryan: Yellow card was the only blip on an otherwise solid performance on the Munster man's return. 7

5 Devin Toner: Bossed the lineout as expected but also fought to put himself about the pitch. 7

6 CJ Stander: The clear man of the match battered Italy every time he had the ball, and his hat-trick proved a fine reward. 9

7 Sean O'Brien: A gritty effort from the flanker with Italy unable to live with his physicality and drive. 8

8 Jamie Heaslip: Stepped in at the last as captain and showed all the leadership required to pilot Ireland's easy win. 8

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