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Ireland Player Ratings: Who Helped Their RWC Chances Against Scotland?

Ireland Player Ratings: Who Helped Their RWC Chances Against Scotland?
Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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It wasn't the best performance from a Joe Schmidt team who were inaccurate, and very poor in defense. Attacking shape was good when Ireland actually had the ball, but Schmidt will be concerned by the poor tackling and 30 minutes of possession allowed to Scotland after Henry's opening try.

Here is how the individual players rated:

15. Simon Zebo 8

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Put in a solid shift, full of graft and hard work. Enjoyed stepping outside the Scottish centres, and could have created more with more ball and more connection with Luke Fitzgerald. Fantastic line of running for his try.

14. Tommy Bowe 7

Chased kicks well, as only Bowe can even claiming one. Not used enough in attack, and might come under pressure if this form continues as others continue to shine.

13. Jared Payne 7.5 

Probably Ireland's best defender - which is exactly what you want in an outside centre. Payne consistently caught the Scottish attackers behind the gainline, even thought he was quiet with ball in hand.

12. Gordon D'Arcy 6

Not a great day for the veteran. Caught out when Visser ran through him, and was exposed when Lamont ran at him before offloading to Horne for his try.

11. Luke Fitzgerald 7

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Quiet in attack, and clearly not on the same wavelength as Zebo. Took the ball in full flight for his try, and did alright overall.

10. Ian Madigan 8

His passing was quick and sharp, especially in getting the ball off under pressure. He didn't have the armchair ride like Jackson did the week before, but didn't put a foot wrong. His cross kick for Fitzgerald's try was delicious.

9. Isaac Boss 6

He may have started the day as Ireland's third choice scrumhalf, but there is considerable doubt about whether he'll end it there. Some bad decisions, poor passes and awful kicking, if Kieran Marmion comes back into camp he's got a real chance of overtaking the Leinster scrumhalf.

1. Dave Kilcoyne 7

Seemed to get on top of Jon Welsh at scrumtime, but his tackling, like others, allowed Scotland to gain front foot ball. A better than normal outing at scrumtime will please him. Not what you would have expected, but can be happier than others.

2. Sean Cronin 6

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His lineout throwing will always be his achilles heel, and ultimately what he'll be judged on. He allowed Scottish players to bounce off his tackles, and didn't get enough space in the loose.

3. Mike Ross 7

Solid day at the scrum, but was exposed in the defensive line - especially for Pyrgos' try.

4. Devin Toner 6.5

Quietly effective. His clear outs have been excellent, and he made 11 tackles. His handling looked like it was his first game of the season.

5. Dan Tuohy 5.5

Not a brilliant showing from Tuohy, who hands Donnacha Ryan the advantage in the race for the hypothetical fourth lock spot. His breakdown clearouts weren't effective enough, missed three tackles and he gave away some stupid penalties.

Probably the biggest loser of the game

6. Jack Conan 7

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Started brightly, assisting O'Brien in one of this turnovers. Competed well at the breakdown and lead the team in tackles made. Did make one brilliant offload, but he needed a lot to get over the established talent ahead of him.

Has a bright international future ahead of him after the World Cup.

7. Chris Henry 6

Scored the try that he really shouldn't have, but looked a little hesitant in possession and tended to seek contact when he should have passed. He's a much better player than he showed today.

8. Sean O'Brien 8.5

The best player on the pitch by a distance in the first half. Three breakdown turnovers in the first half alone, and lead by example. Quieter in the second half but put in quite a shift as captain.


16. Richardt Strauss 6

Not as good as last week, but that's to be expected. Caught the missed tackle plague when he came on and missed two of his three attempts.

17. Michael Bent 6

Gave away one penalty, and didn't have much else to do.

18. Nathan White 6.5

Nice work in his debut. Solid scrum, and got about the pitch even carrying a bit for a tighthead. Deserves another chance.

19. Paul O'Connell 6.5

Was caught out in the lead up to Peter Horne's try, but showed up well in cleanouts with his usual ferocity.

20. Jordi Murphy 7

Displayed his class and work ethic when he came on. Made a noticeable difference that could be enough to make the plane.

21. Eoin Reddan 7

There was also a big difference when Reddan came on. There's a clear difference between Reddan as second choice scrumhalf and the rest.

22. Paddy Jackson -

Came on at 78 minutes. Let's not be ridiculous and say that was the greatest two minutes of any Irish international ever.

23. Dave Kearney 7

Made a great impact straight away with a wonderful line that set up Simon Zebo's try.

See Also: Paul O'Connell Does Not Use Words To Direct Simon Zebo Where To Go
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