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Player ratings: Conway, Stander and Henshaw stand out as Ireland gather Six Nations momentum

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Andrew Conway celebrates after scoring Ireland's bonus-point try against Wales. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Andrew Conway celebrates after scoring Ireland's bonus-point try against Wales. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Andrew Conway celebrates after scoring Ireland's bonus-point try against Wales. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Here is how the Irish players rated in the impressive 24-14 win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Jordan Larmour – 8

Danced his way through some poor defending to score his seventh international try. Perhaps could have done more to stop Williams getting over, but other than that, Larmour was dangerous on the counter-attack, and marshalled the back-field well.

Andrew Conway – 8

Another very impressive outing for the Munster man, whose performances continue to be hugely consistent. Conway's clever chip forced the error from which Ireland scored their second try, while he also got in on the action late on to secure the bonus point.

Robbie Henshaw – 8

Gave Nick Tompkins a torrid time by repeatedly running down his channel. Henshaw was a constant threat and showcased more of his skills in the number 13 jersey until his afternoon was cut short by injury.

Bundee Aki – 7

A typically physical display that set the tone in defence. Aki made an important steal on Wales' first visit to the Ireland 22, while his powerful carry in the build-up to Furlong's try put his side on the front foot.

Jacob Stockdale – 6

For the second week running, he didn't get much of a chance to shine save for a couple of kicks through. The Ulster winger could do with trying to get himself involved in the play more often.

Johnny Sexton – 7

Had to check himself in a couple of his dealings with the referee, but the Ireland captain ran the game well and looked sharp before being forced off late on.

Conor Murray – 8

His pass to release Stockdale in the first-half was a thing of beauty, which not many scrum-halves would have pulled off. A very good display that reminded the naysayers just why he remains first-choice.

Cian Healy – 6

One of the quieter days at the office for the prop, who was replaced early in the second half. Solid at scrum time, but wasn't his usual prominent self in the loose.

Rob Herring – 7

Assured lineout throwing all afternoon, one of which set the platform that allowed Van der Flier to score. The hooker is looking more and more at home at this level.

Tadhg Furlong – 8

Recovered well from conceding a scrum penalty early on and scored a cracking try, which took his tally to four since the start of 2019, which is more than any other prop in Test rugby.

Iain Henderson – 7

Worked his socks off and ran the lineout expertly. This was much more like it from Henderson. Scrummaged well and played his part in winning a vital penalty close to the Ireland line.

James Ryan – 7

Uncharacteristically had the ball snatched out of his hands at a lineout, but it was a minor blip in what was otherwise a trademark all-action performance.

Peter O'Mahony – 7

Played a key role in Furlong's try as his latch catapulted the prop over the line, but won't have been happy that Hadleigh Parkes ran through him for what was very nearly a try.

Josh van der Flier – 8

Remarkable work-rate as usual and his battle with Justin Tipuric was fascinating to watch. Got on the end of a powerful rolling maul to score only his second try for Ireland.

CJ Stander – 8

Won two big first-half turnovers which relieved the pressure. Yellow carded late on for a breakdown infringement, but left having been named man-of-the-match.

Coach:

Andy Farrell – 8

Got his team selection spot on and has now built up momentum ahead of the trip to Twickenham. Yet to see a radically different game-plan, but it was good enough to win for the second game running.

Replacements

Ronan Kelleher (66 mins) – 6

Dave Kilcoyne (51 mins) – 7

Andrew Porter (66 mins) – 6

Devin Toner (66 mins) – 6

Max Deegan (71 mins) – 6

John Cooney (73 mins) – 6

Ross Byrne (71 mins) – 6

Keith Earls (44 mins) – 7

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