In a historic moment, Ireland claimed their fourth-ever Grand Slam, with their first-ever Grand Slam-clinching victory in Dublin against old rivals England. Ireland v England was surprisingly close. On a beautiful spring day, Ireland managed a tense 29-16 victory over an English team eager to halt the Irish domination of the tournament. Despite a nervous start marked by uncharacteristic errors, Ireland capitalised on England's first-half red card that left them with only 14 players, and went on to secure a bonus point win.
Here's how we assessed the Irish player performances.
Ireland v England: Ireland player ratings
15 Hugo Keenan – 8
A smart and skilful performance, arguably the best positional full back in the world. Showcased good line breaks in the first half and won crucial aerial battles.
14 Mack Hansen - 7
Effective when handling the ball but made several sloppy mistakes at the breakdown.
13 Robbie Henshaw - 7
Secured the game with a fantastic try and excelled in defence.
12 Bundee Aki – 8
Carried the ball with great effort, but decision-making was occasionally poor, especially when needing to pass rather than charge into the English defence. Improved with a pass that led to Henshaw's try.
11 James Lowe – 6
An patchy performance, scrambling well in defence but making a few careless passes in the first half.
10 Johnny Sexton (Capt.) - 7
Became the top point scorer in Six Nations history. Made some smart kicks but questionable decision to go for a quick tap instead of an easy three points.
9 Jamison Gibson-Park - 7
Energetic and bright performance. His passing is still one of the best around.
1 Andrew Porter – 7
Contributed to a crucial penalty win in the first 10 minutes but gave away needless scrum penalties. His work in the tight exchanges was brilliant. Made 10 tackles.
2 Dan Sheehan – 8
Ireland's two-try hero, displaying great skill in the first half and always eager for work. 10 ball carries/10 tackles.
3 Tadhg Furlong - 7
Gave away an unnecessary scrum penalty but put in a strong defensive effort with big tackle impacts. 11 tackles.
4 Ryan Baird - 6
A mixed performance. Tried too hard at times, resulting in errors. Managed a crucial penalty win in the 59th minute to halt English momentum.
5 James Ryan – 7
Outstanding defensive effort with 14 tackles and vital clear-outs. Worked very hard in defence and involved in some big clearouts/lineout wins.
6 Peter O’Mahony - 6
A quiet performance with some good lineout takes. 3 tackles.
7 Josh Van Der Flier - 7
Provided a beautiful pass for Sheehan's first try and showed excellent defensive work. 12 tackles.
8 Caelan Doris - 7
Worked hard in defence. 11 tackles. Made a significant impact with his carrying.
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Here's the player ratings from Ireland v England from Ireland's subs.
Rob Herring - 7
Scored his first Six Nations try, securing the bonus point.
Cian Healy – 6
Limited to defensive duties in his 5 minutes on the field. Made 3 tackles.
Tom O’Toole - 7
Impressive scrum before Henshaw's try. Made some good hits. 7 tackles.
Kieran Treadwell - 6
Only on the field for 7 minutes.
Jack Conan - 8
Made a significant impact off the bench, assisting Sheehan's crucial score with an excellent pass. 14 ball carries.
Conor Murray - 6
Played for 7 minutes, making a good tackle to finish the game.
Ross Byrne - 6
Played for 7 minutes, helping to close out the game.
Jimmy O’Brien 6
Demonstrated positional flexibility when replacing Keenan after his head injury.
That's our Ireland v England player ratings.
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