Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Ireland player ratings v Australia

Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney - 6
Never put a foot wrong in a remarkably solid display from a player who has hardly played over the last year.
Tommy Bowe - 6
Should have completed his run to the line after intercepting a loose pass. Looking back was fatal.
Brian O'Driscoll - 6
Produced one half-break in the first half and was strong in defence all game.
Gordon D'Arcy - 6
Limped off early in the second half but had thrown himself into tackles up until that point.
Keith Earls -6
This was not a match for wingers and Earls was rarely involved, but he went looking for work.
Jonathan Sexton - 5
Decision making was poor at times and missed three of his five shots at goal.
Eoin Reddan - 6
The breakdown was mayhem at times but Reddan was always in the thick of the action. Delivery was occasionally suspect.
Cian Healy - 9
Ireland's front row pulverised the Wallabies and Healy was key to their dominance with a man of the match display.
Rory Best - 8
Playing some of the best rugby of his Ireland career, the Ulster hooker has become far more involved in the loose.
Mike Ross - 8
What he lacks in mobility Ross makes up for with his destructive scrummaging. Had the Wallaby scrum on the retreat.
Donncha O'Callaghan - 8
Highly conspicuous performance. Looked hungry and attacked the breakdown with gusto.
Paul O'Connell - 9
Outstanding once more, O'Connell has timed his return to form perfectly. The dominant forward on the pitch.
Stephen Ferris - 9
Responsible for the highlight of the first half when he picked up Will Genia and carried him 10 yards.
Sean O'Brien - 8
Grew in influence as the match progressed, performing a try-saving tackle on Will Genia and carrying well.
Jamie Heaslip - 6
More involved than in recent weeks but still some way short of his best.
REPLACEMENTS
Tom Court - 5
Came on when all the hard work had been done.
Conor Murray - 5
Was called back for late try. Looks classy.
Ronan O'Gara - 5
Kicking out of hand was off key but landed two crucial penalties.
Andrew Trimble - 5
Had little chance to shine.

Ireland have produced the shock of the World Cup so far by beating Australia 15-6 in Auckland this morning.

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Here, we rate how the individual players fared over the 80 minutes.

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