Saturday 20 January 2018

Six Nations Player ratings: How Ireland fared against the Italians in Rome

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The Munster half-back partnership performed best for Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico.

7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, left, and George Biagi, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, left, and George Biagi, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Jared Payne, Ireland, is tackled by Luca Morisi, left, and Kelly Haimona, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, kicks a first half penalty. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Peter O'Mahony, Ireland, jumps in the lineout with Sergio Paresse, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Edoardo Gori, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Joshua Furno, Italy, in action against Peter O'Mahony, Ireland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Ran the ball back well and showed glimpses of his class. Rarely threatened in defence by the Italians. -7

14. Tommy Bowe

Almost got on the end of some decent Irish attacks and was exemplary in his work rate. - 6

13. Jared Payne

An Ireland supporter celebrates Ireland victory close to the final whistle at the Stadio Olimpico.
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An Ireland supporter celebrates Ireland victory close to the final whistle at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Irish fans arrive at the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Ireland fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
An Ireland fan arrives for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Ireland and Italian supporters take a 'selfie' at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland supporters take a 'selfie' at the Stadio Olimpico. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Irish rugby fans during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Rugby fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Rugby fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Ireland supporters look on after victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on her side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland supporters at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter watches on at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Offered himself in both defence and attackwithout much gainline success. - 6

12. Robbie Henshaw

He will want to reduce the error count next week at the Aviva. Did a lot of hard running - 6

11. Simon Zebo

Flashes of brilliance from the Cork man and is showing good positional sense in defence. -6

10. Ian Keatley

Five from five from the boot for the Munster fly-half. A bit jittery at times and some kicks went astray but he had a job to do and he did it - 8

9. Conor Murray

Provided leadership in the absence of Johnny Sexton and took his try brilliantly. -8

8. Jordi Murphy

Hammered away at the gainline and was a tireless tackler. - 7

7. Tommy O'Donnell

A brilliant hand-off and charge for Ireland's second try. Looked sharp after getting a late call-up for the injured Sean O'Brien. - 8

6. Peter O'Mahony

At his combative best again. Never gave an inch all afternoon. -7

5. Paul O'Connell

The Limerick man was outstanding at lineout time and a warrior in the loose. -7

4. Devin Toner

Helped O'Connell as Ireland completely dominated the lineout. Rory Best must love playing with him. -7

3. Mike Ross

A lot of people calling for Marty Moore to start but Ross scrummaged superbly and showed why he still has a future with Ireland. - 7

2. Rory Best

Threw well into the lineout and was very competitive at the breakdown. - 7

1. Jack McGrath

McGrath formed part of a great front-row display and his tackle count was as high as ever. - 7

Video highlights:

Replacements

Sean Cronin: Replaced Best after 47 minutes and was part of a concerted push for victory. 6

Martin Moore: Went on for Ross midway through the third quarter. 6

Ian Madigan: Took over from Keatley during the final 15 minutes and converted O'Donnell's try. 6

Iain Henderson: Featured for the last 15 minutes as replacement for O'Mahony. 6

Felix Jones: Replaced Payne for the final 13 minutes. 6

James Cronin: Gained a late run in the front-row as replacement for McGrath. 6

Isaac Boss: Featured for the closing nine minutes after replacing Murray. 6

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