Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Rugby World Cup: Ireland player ratings v USA

Geordan Murphy - 5
It was a quiet outing with thankfully very few bombs coming at him in such horrible conditions. Did drop one and was lucky to get away with it.
Tommy Bowe - 7
Initially just couldn’t hold the ball but hit back with two valuable finishes. Naturally stepped a prop for his first and linked well with O'Driscoll for number two.
Jamie Heaslip - 5
A nice carry, or two, but still looking off the pace and ringrusty. He did, though, nail flying winger Ngwenwa as he looked to break free but, overall, he was too quiet.

Ireland have faced much criticism following an unconvincing win against the USA in their opening Rugby World Cup game.

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Here, we rate how the team performed in New Plymouth

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