Monday 19 March 2018

Here is how the players rated in today's Irish victory over Wales

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip, left, and Mike Ross lift the trophy following their side's victory
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip, left, and Mike Ross lift the trophy following their side's victory

It was business as usual for Joe Schmidt's Ireland at the Millennium Stadium today with plenty of players giving the manager food for thought ahead of the World Cup in September. Here is how the players rated.


HALLAM AMOS: Wales' best player on a forgettable afternoon for the team. Dangerous in attack, solid in defence 8/10

ALEX CUTHBERT: The prolific Test try-scorer had few opportunities to get his hands on the ball, although he did score late on, but he did not obviously go looking for work. 5

TYLER MORGAN: Not a Test debut to savour for the Newport Gwent Dragons youngster, who too often spilled possession. 5

SCOTT WILLIAMS: Captained Wales for the first time, but the Scarlets centre could not stamp his mark on proceedings. 5

ELI WALKER: Unlucky not to score a try just before the break, and he was also on the receiving end of a crunching Andrew Trimble tackle during his introduction to Test rugby. 6

JAMES HOOK: Unable to exert any tactical influence on the Wales team in only his second Test start at fly-half since the 2011 World Cup. Might have now lost his chance this time around. 4

MIKE PHILLIPS: Wales would have expected much more from their 94-cap scrum-half, who failed to inject tempo or direction. 4

NICKY SMITH: Battling to make Wales head coach Warren Gatland's final 31-man squad, and he remains in the frame. 6

RICHARD HIBBARD: Scored a try just before half-time, but he had his work cut out opposite a fired-up Ireland front-row. 5

AARON JARVIS: A tough afternoon at the office for the Ospreys prop as Wales went down to an emphatic defeat. 5


JAKE BALL: A hard-working contribution by the Scarlets lock, but it was largely a disappointing day for the Wales pack. 6

DOMINIC DAY: The Bath forward endured a tough Test baptism, although he kept going during a difficult day for Wales. 6

ROSS MORIARTY: An eagerly-awaited Test debut saw him blot his copybook with a reckless high hit on Ireland wing Simon Zebo. He was yellow-carded, but it might have been red. 5

JUSTIN TIPURIC: Scored a sparkling solo try near the end of the contest, and was arguably Wales' most potent attacking force. 7

DAN BAKER: A quiet opening 40 minutes before he went off at half-time after appearing to suffer a hamstring problem. 5


TAULUPE FALETAU: Took over from Baker for the second period, but could not inspire Wales. 6

LLOYD WILLIAMS: Played most of the second half instead of a lacklustre Phillips. 5

GARETH ANSCOMBE: Went on for his Test debut in the second period, and he looked more assured than Hook. 6

KRISTIAN DACEY: Gained a run in the second period instead of Hibbard, and he appears to be pushing for a World Cup place. 6

ROB EVANS: Took over from Smith as Ireland closed out the game. 5

MATTHEW MORGAN: Had few chances to show his electric pace and brilliant footwork. 5

SCOTT ANDREWS: Replaced Jarvis during the second period. 5

JAMES KING: Gained a second-half opportunity instead of Ball. 5



FELIX JONES: Boosted his World Cup prospects with a solid showing 7

ANDREW TRIMBLE: Looked sharp enough until withdrawn through injury 6

KEITH EARLS: Impressive return after lengthy injury nightmare 8

DAREN CAVE: No frills, but no mistakes either 6

FERGUS McFADDEN: Tidy enough without ever being able to cut loose 6

PADDY JACKSON: Manoeuvred Ireland well enough around the field, but struggled off the tee 7

EOIN REDDAN: Good work from one of Schmidt's trusted lieutenants 7

JACK McGRATH: Solid at the set-piece 7

RICHARDT STRAUSS: Hardly put a foot wrong all day 7

MIKE ROSS: Schmidt's stalwart tighthead prop put in another fine shift 7

IAIN HENDERSON: Composed effort, edging ever closer to the World Cup squad 7


DONNACHA RYAN: Raised a big hand for a World Cup slot 8

JORDI MURPHY: Marshalled the breakdown well 7

TOMMY O'DONNELL: Decent shift until injury struck late on 7

JAMIE HEASLIP: Tied Ireland's tight work together nicely 8


RORY BEST: Unable to stop Wales edging back in late on 6

DAVE KOLCOYNE: Solid enough showing 6

MICHAEL BENT: Kept Wales' scrum at bay 6

DAN TUOHY: Unable to maintain the Munster man's intensity 6

CHRIS HENRY: Sin-binned for killing the ball 6

KIERAN MARMION: Quiet cameo 6

IAN MADIGAN: Could not contain Gareth Anscombe 6

SIMON ZEBO: Took his try well on another fuss-free effort 7

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