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How the Ireland players rated in narrow victory over Fiji

Ireland earned the closest of victories over Fiji on Saturday evening - but how did the individual players, including the Ulster contingent, get on?

Here are our ratings:

Andrew Conway 7

Continuing to progress, he was again dangerous with ball in hand and provided the assist for Kearney’s try and came close to scoring himself.

Darren Sweetnam 6

Looked a big ask to try and contain Nadolo but stood up well. Scored his first try and is showing much promise for the future.

Chris Farrell 6

Teamed up with former Dungannon comrade Stuart McCloskey for debut and he looked strong and eager even if there were errors.

Stuart McCloskey 6

Needed to impress and was strong and largely accurate in steaming up with the ball though one mistimed off-load will not have pleased Schmidt.

Dave Kearney 6

Bagged Ireland’s second try and then had another righty disallowed. Industrious as ever but being intercepted by Nagusa is a black mark.

Joey Carbery 7

This was a big ask and, mostly, carried it off with some great distribution as seen for Sweetnam’s score. However, looks to have a broken arm.

Kieran Marmion 5

The Connacht player needed a more rounded and accurate display. Simply passing isn’t enough and his kicking was rarely of the quality required.

Jake McGrath 6

This felt like it was all about reclaiming his place and he certainly put himself about and even managed an intercept.

Rob Herring 6

Prominent in the loose and had a mostly accurate day at the set-piece for his time in the starting side. He can be reasonably pleased at his effort.

Andrew Porter 5

He managed to clock up some useful experience against a pretty tough Fijian front row but the challenge was rather steep for the youngster.

Ultan Dillane 7

Required a performance to keep Schmidt interested and he largely achieved it. Willing and able to carry and take a lot of punishment.

Devin Toner 6

Didn’t quite take the game by scruff of the neck but got through some decent work before departing. Lack of dynamism though.

Rhys Ruddock 7

Skipper for the evening, there was no doubting that he led from the front. Made lots of carries and won a couple of turnovers too.

Jordi Murphy 5

Breakdown didn’t go as planned and he must carry some of the can. There were some good moments but poor ones overshadowed his game.

Jack Conan 6

Showed a clean pair of heels for his try but, apart from that, positive moments were few and far between against Fiji’s famed physicality.


James Tracy (for Herring 55) 5: Mixed one.

Cian Healy (right for McGrath 55) 7: Looked ravenous for work.

Tadhg Furlong (for Porter 55) 7: Strong and just what was needed.

CJ Stander (for Ruddock 61) 7: Steadying hand.

Kieran Treadwell (for Toner 64) 6: Ultra-keen and determined.

Ian Keatley (for Carbery 64) 7: Needed his kicks and got them.

Robbie Henshaw (for Farrell 64) 7: Immediate energy.

Luke McGrath (for Marmion 77) 5: Just no time to impress.

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