Thursday 18 January 2018

Pictures: Ireland Player Ratings

<p><strong>Rob Kearney 7.5/10</strong></p>
<p> One of the players of the tournament, from any team, and clearly it's best full-back. Industrious in every aspect, emerged as a leader of some significance.</p>

Rob Kearney 7.5/10

One of the players of the tournament, from any team, and clearly it's best full-back. Industrious in every aspect, emerged as a leader of some significance.

Tommy Bowe 6.5/10

Outstanding striker all season, little opportunity here however. Began to show signs of greater involvement -- not a good day to choose to start that though.

Keith Earls 7/10

The quiet man of the backline, but an integral part nonetheless. One excellent break in each half came to nought, both for lack of support - in keeping with the day.

Gordon D'Arcy 5/10

A day to forget, sadly, in a season of similar days. His best contributions were when in BOD mode at breakdown. Felt the absence of the great man more than most.

Andrew Trimble 5.5/10

Unorthodoxy always high-risk in greasy conditions, and it's his strongest card. No mistakes in defence, but nothing in attack either.

Jonathan Sexton 7/10

The ROG argument apparently put to bed, and an excellent working arrangement established, then we go and do this. Back to the drawing board.

Eoin Reddan 5.5/10

Impossible to perform at base of devestated pack, and conditions not to his liking, but didn't put his hand up either.

Cian Healy 5.5/10

Totally dominated by Cole, and scrum was our downfall; another for the drawing-board. Truly disturbing is that he is, justifiably, seen as our future.

Rory Best 6/10

A torrid day in scrum, and not of his making either. Difficult to underestimate deflationary effects on forwards' psyche, particularly hooker. Disappointing end to good season.

Mike Ross 4/10

Retired injured after 35 minutes, having been hammered by Corbisiero; replaced by Court, who served only to emphasise importance of Ross's role -- anyone got John Hayes' number?

Donncha O'Callaghan 5.5/10

Started well, as required, and indeed expected, but was gradually outshone by his junior partner; disappointing season, particularly in POC's absence.

Donnacha Ryan 7/10

Anonymous start, but gradually established himself and settled well, winning crucial penalty immediately pre-halftime. Tremendous workrate an example for all his colleagues.

Stephen Ferris 7/10

If Best is a pillar, this guy's the foundation stone on which so much is built. Even he can only do so much however, was ultimately subdued by rampant English.

Jamie Heaslip 5.5/10

Another day at the coalface, not his working environment of choice; more than anyone requires at least 50/50 split in front of him to perform. Far from that.

Sean O'Brien 5/10

Never settled, and strangely subdued after last week's absence, and unable to contribute in absence of front-row platform; substituted at 68 minutes, early by Kidney's standards.

Declan Kidney 7/10

Can't be blamed for front-row capitulation, or weather conditions, and didn't have any luck; that said, he had more than his quota of good fortune for Grand Slam 2009.

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