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CJ Stander the pick of the bunch at Aviva: Ireland player ratings in win over Scotland

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Ireland's CJ Stander (centre) is tackled by Scotland's Rory Sutherland and Scott Cummings during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland's CJ Stander (centre) is tackled by Scotland's Rory Sutherland and Scott Cummings during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Ireland's CJ Stander (centre) is tackled by Scotland's Rory Sutherland and Scott Cummings during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Andy Farrell got his Ireland reign off to a winning start - but just about. Here is how his men rated in the 19-12 win over Scotland.

JORDAN LARMOUR: The full-back's lovely late line undid the Scots for Ireland's first meaningful moment in attack. He caused defenders to hesitate when countering. Surrendered a cheap penalty and needlessly stepped into touch - 6.

ANDREW CONWAY: The pitter-patter action is often activated when receiving the ball in unpromising situations. He never tired of doing the right thing, chasing hard to draw penalties out of Brown and Johnson - 6.

GARRY RINGROSE: It is among the centre's strengths that he has a short memory when it comes to mistakes. Ball security was an issue early. His arc outside Price and one-two with Aki were a delight. Replaced at half-time - 6.

BUNDEE AKI: It was heartening to witness the use of the centre's skills as a distributor rather than just a hard-charger. He waited patiently for the gap that came from Ringrose's pass. Muscular to the end - 6.

JACOB STOCKDALE: He had to dust down his defensive knowledge early on as Scotland came his way regularly. A tremendous take from Sexton's 22 lifted the siege. Looked dangerous, albeit from inside his own half - 6.

JONATHAN SEXTON: It had been seven weeks since the out-half last laced a boot. He is an old hand at playing 'fresh' and relished the new strategy of moving the ball. Kept Ireland in front, kicking five out of six - 8.

CONOR MURRAY: The best thing that can be said of the scrum-half is that he didn't play like a man under pressure for his place, notwithstanding that interception by Johnson. Replaced on the hour - 6.

CIAN HEALY: The loose-head just about hauled Ritchie down in the danger zone and caught the Scots cold with deft handling for Ireland's first try. Guilty of giving away two scrum penalties - 5.

ROB HERRING: The Ulsterman came into this with Ronan Kelleher breathing down his neck. He coped smartly when left one-on-one with Hastings in midfield, even earning a penalty. The darts were double-top almost every time – 7.

TADHG FURLONG: The thankless task of the tight-head, doing what had to be done at the scrum, at close quarters and on the fringes left little time for the footballer's instinct to breakout. Immense in the final minutes - 7.

IAIN HENDERSON: The first significant intervention came from a lineout steal. This was followed by winning back a lost lineout and a thumping tackle and rip on Maitland. He also pinched an important lineout - 7.

JAMES RYAN: He didn't get the metres he badly wanted in close, perhaps now targeted as a key carrier. The first big moment came when wrestling the ball from Brown at a maul, the work rate never flagging on both sides of the ball. - 6.

CJ STANDER: The cement hardness that this man brings to every outing was again prevalent, taking time to take off for a crowd-pleasing burst, hoovering up a Henderson rip and twice saving Ireland with a heroic rescue on the floor. Ireland's best - 9.

JOSH VAN DER FLIER: The openside was on the ball in a flash to slow down a ruck and clutch a penalty from another. He was an absolute pest at the ruck, even ripping the ball from Cummings. One last turnover at the death - 7.

CAELAN DORIS: He would have been advised to enjoy every minute on debut. He started with a poach at the breakdown in the first, but was down and out by the fourth from an accidental head clash with Hastings - 6.

REPLACEMENTS

PETER O'MAHONY (4 mins): Instrumental in stemming Scotland's flow, forcing a penalty three metres from his line - 6

ROBBIE HENSHAW (ht): Used his under-rated kicking game well – 6

DAVE KILCOYNE (49 mins): Injured straight away

JOHN COONEY (60 mins): Frustration of non-selection was shown in taking down Price and Jones in five seconds flat. Kicked well

ANDREW PORTER (65 mins): Didn't look out of place at loose-head;

DEVIN TONER (67 mins): Took his first lineout. Enough said

RONAN KELLEHER (72 mins): The debut lasted eight minutes

ROSS BYRNE (62 mins): Closed the door.


ANDY FARRELL: The new coach must have had an educated guess on how this would go, the attack spluttering, the scramble defence the standout element of a patchy performance against the hyper-aggressive Scots - 7.

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