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How the Ireland players rated during Six Nations win over Scotland

Ratings by Jonathan Bradley

Ireland were crowned Natwest Six Nations champions on Saturday after they crushed Scotland and England slipped to defeat in France. But how did Joe Schmidt's man rate during the 28-8 win in Dublin?

Jonathan Bradley casts his eye over the Ireland players:

How the Ireland players rated against Scotland

Rob Keaney 8: Really seemed to relish the aerial battle that he and Johnny Sexton instigated with Scotland’s back-three and claimed official man of the match.

Keith Earls 7: The Munster man has been in such good form during this season that it was almost surprising to see play merely ordinary. Still beat five men.

Garry Ringrose 9: Quickly put to bed any talk about his lack of rugby. Despite injuries this season, reclaimed the 13 jersey with an energetic showing full of cute footwork.

Garry Ringrose of Ireland looks on during the win over Scotland.

Bundee Aki 7: Continues to get through plenty of work off the ball and softened up the Scottish defensive line for those outside him.

Jacob Stockdale 8: Ten tries in eight games for Ireland. Scotland hadn’t done their homework as he got one off an intercept and showed good footwork for his second.

Johnny Sexton 7: The tactic was clearly to test Scotland’s back three in the air and Sexton wasn’t perfect but managed things well.

Conor Murray 8: Murray from close range has been a regular source of tries for Ireland in recent seasons and he got another here. One of the most vital cogs.

Cian Healy 7: Carried with an intensity early on but certainly seemed like he should have been called ashore far sooner after what was an unsettling passage.

Rory Best 7: Two line-outs went astray but that aside this was Best’s most complete showing in the championship.

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Ireland's Rory Best and Scotland's Stuart Hogg at the end of the NatWest Six Nations match.

Tadhg Furlong 7: Back in the side after injury, it was a welcome return for the tight-head. Usual solidity come scrum time and was quickly batting away Scottish tacklers.

James Ryan 8: How many pro games are under his belt? Looks every inch a Test player despite tender years and led in carries, tackles, lineout takes and steals.

Devin Toner 7: One noticeable line break was the highlight of an otherwise industrious performance. Lineout didn’t always function but improved as the game wore on.

Peter O'Mahony 7: The usual full plate of a showing. A few turnovers, double-digit tackles and a pair of line-out tackles. Removed early but Ireland say not an injury concern.

Dan Leavy 9: Crazy to think he came into this tournament as Ireland’s third choice seven. After another superb game, jersey will be hard to get off him.

CJ Stander 7: Only Ryan made more tackles for Ireland and, while it was a quiet enough day in terms of big carries, did what needed to be done elsewhere.


Jack McGrath (for Healy, 50) 7: Showed up well in important first scrum.

Iain Henderson (for Toner, 56) 7: Made a few carries in last quarter.

Jordi Murphy (for O’Mahony, 56) 8: Big impact in a short time.

Andrew Porter (for Furlong, 61) 7: Robust performance coming off the bench.

Sean Cronin (for Best, 65) 7: Scored the championship-winning try.

Kieran Marmion (for Murray, 70) 6: Another token outing.

Joey Carberry (for Sexton, 72) 6: On only after the game was won.

Jordan Larmour (for Kearney, 74) 6: Not given the time to show up.

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