Tuesday 16 July 2019

Ireland vs Wales: Player ratings

Paul O'Connell, Ireland, contests the lineout with Alun Wyn Jones, Wales. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Paul O'Connell, Ireland, contests the lineout with Alun Wyn Jones, Wales. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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THIS afternoon will help Joe Schmidt finalise his decision tomorrow as to his final 31 for the World Cup in in England. Here's how the men in green got on...

ROB KEARNEY:  A typically classy return. Authoritative under the high ball, there were glimpses of his attacking potential.  7

DAVE KEARNEY:  Booked his squad place - and maybe even a first XV slot - with a display of trademark efficiency and dependability.  8

LUKE FITZGERALD:  A quiet afternoon and another injury scare;  faces an anxious 24 hours before learning his fate.  6

29 August 2015; Robbie Henshaw, Ireland. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
29 August 2015; Robbie Henshaw, Ireland. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

ROB HENSHAW:  Flashes of his direct, line-breaking surges, plus one huge hit on Toby Faletau . A key figure in weeks ahead 7

KEITH EARLS:  Brave defensively,  but too easily turned over in possession.  Stretchered off, he will hope for concussion all clear.  6

JONATHAN SEXTON:  Was seen icing his arm after a low-key 60 minutes, but Schmidt, mercifully, dismissed fears of injury. Irreplaceable. 6

CONOR MURRAY:  If the lack of go-forward ball reduced his impact, he remains one of Ireland's World Cup leaders.  6

JACK MCGRATH:  An afternoon which emphasised that Cian Healy remains a class apart. Schmidt needs his ball carrying colossus fit. 5

RICHARDT STRAUSS:  Some early line-out difficulties, Best and Cronin are unquestionably Ireland's go-to World Cup hookers. 6

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell walks with his son Paddy, 5 years, after the game. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell walks with his son Paddy, 5 years, after the game. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

NATHAN WHITE:  Veteran Kiwi hardly had the impact he needed.  His World Cup hinges on Marty Moore's fitness.  5

IAIN HENDERSON:  Outstanding.  An athletic, abrasive freak with huge game intelligence.  Making a serious bid for first XV status.  9

PAUL O'CONNELL:  Will be glad to have the Dublin farewell gig behind him and will look to drive a big improvement this week.  6

PETER O'MAHONY:  The most conspicuous of an outplayed Irish back row.  Typically physical without ever dominating. 6

JORDI MURPHY:  Totally outplayed by the sensational Justin Tipuric, he finished in midfield as injuries wreaked havoc.  5

JAMIE HEASLIP:  If he sets standards of consistent excellence, this was a rare dip below his influential best.    6 

29 August 2015 Ireland's Keith Earls is stretchered from the field after an injury in the second half. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 August 2015 Ireland's Keith Earls is stretchered from the field after an injury in the second half. Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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