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How the Ireland players rated during eight-try Six Nations success over Italy

Ratings by Jonathan Bradley

Ireland enjoyed a comfortable 56-19 success over Italy at Aviva Stadium on Saturday, but how did the individuals perform?

Jonathan Bradley runs his eye over Ireland's stars:

Rob Kearney 7

Only man outside Sexton not to get in on the try scoring act, he can at least blame that on Romain Poite. Another solid showing from the full-back.

Keith Earls 9

Murray was handed the official man of the match but his Munster team-mate surely ran him close. Scored a try, saved another and looked sharp.

Robbie Henshaw 9

Caused Italy all sorts of problems with his running lines and scored two tries in just 45 minutes. His injury will be a huge concern.

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Home comforts: Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Italy’s Marcello Violi

Bundee Aki 7

Connacht man scored his first international try and had an interesting day. Should be no surprise that Schmidt highlighted what didn’t come off.

Jacob Stockdale 8

His kick-chase remains an unheralded part of his game but got in on the scoring act too after the bonus point was secure with powerful running.

Johnny Sexton 8

This time was able to watch the last half hour with the job done. Pulled the strings well when Ireland stayed patient.

Conor Murray 9

Scampered home untouched for his try in the first half and conducted Ireland precisely throughout.

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Ireland's Conor Murray dives in to score his sides second try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Jack McGrath 8

Put in a big shift throughout a lengthy outing. His tackles especially stood out in the loose as he vies with Cian Healy.

Rory Best 7

Ireland’s line-out is a key facet of their game and the skipper was bang on from 15 darts. Got his own reward with one maul try.

Tadhg Furlong 6

Injury doesn’t seem severe which will be a huge relief. Managed only three minutes of the contest here before being replaced by Andrew Porter.

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Ireland's Tadhg Furlong leaves the field with an injury just three minutes into the contest.

Iain Henderson 7

Wrapped in cotton wool for bigger battles ahead after just 40 minutes. Carried well and did some good work at ruck.

Devin Toner 7

Ireland’s safety blanket in the line-out took more than half of their throws on the set-piece. A few handling errors offset his performance there.

Peter O'Mahony 8

This was another tenacious effort from O’Mahony. Big at the breakdown, tackled well, and popped up in attack too.

Dan Leavy 7

Acting more as a traditional seven, wasn’t as impactful as a week ago but didn’t need to be. One big turnover created a try.

Jack Conan 7

Having been handed his chance with CJ Stander, will be frustrated perhaps by untimely shoulder knock that saw him taken off as a precaution.

Replacements

Andrew Porter (for Furlong, 3) 8: Huge shift when called upon early.

Quinn Roux (for Henderson, 40) 7: Provided no small amount of grunt.

CJ Stander (for Conan, 40) 7: Brought his usual go-forward ball.

Jordan Larmour (for Henshaw, 45) 6: Some sensational footwork.

Kieran Marmion (for Murray, 50) 6: Couldn’t stop game getting loose.

Joey Carberry (for Sexton, 50) 6: Not high pressure but nailed some tough kicks.

Sean Cronin (for Best, 60) 5: Made a few carries.

Cian Healy (for McGrath, 68) 5: Not given much time.

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