How the Ireland players rated during Six Nations win over Wales
Ireland's quest for the Grand Slam continued apace with their 37-27 win over Wales at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
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But how did the players fare individually? Jonathan Bradley casts his eyes over the performances.
How the Ireland players rated against Wales
Rob Kearney 7: Odd drop goal attempt aside, Kearney came up with a big moment in hauling down George North and provided a good aerial battle.
Keith Earls 8: Continued to look so sharp in this championship before running out of gas. Unlucky not to score but led some great breaks.
Chris Farrell 9: The Munster centre set the tone early on with his hit on Halfpenny only seconds in and provided a real presence to offset the loss of Henshaw.
Bundee Aki 7: Had a rocky start when giving away a few pens but made amends with his second test try improved as it went on.
Jacob Stockdale 8: There’s no stopping the man scoring. Eight now in seven games at this level and his second summed up his confidence. More assuredness in defence.
Johnny Sexton 7: Back issue may well have been more than was let on but his play with ball in hand didn’t suffer. Bad day off the tee notwithstanding.
Conor Murray 8: Had to take on kicking duties in a high-pressure moment and was again central to much of what Ireland did well. Judges the tempo so well.
Cian Healy 9: Continues to keep Lion Jack McGrath out of the side. Carried and barged his way across the gainline at will. Scored the big fourth try.
Rory Best 7: Isn’t able to show his best qualities when his side have so much ball but was quick to the breakdown and line-outs were largely a decent standard.
Andrew Porter 8: Big ask for the youngster and he will certainly have been a target with Tadhg Furlong out. Won his individual battle with Rob Evans though.
James Ryan 8: Physical presence belies his tender years. This was a brutally physical game from Ireland and Ryan looked more than ready for it.
Devin Toner 7: Made his impact in the line-out but will be interesting to see what Schmidt is thinking come the return of Henderson for Scotland.
Peter O'Mahony 8: Brilliant steal near the touchline when given two bites almost created score for Earls. Hit ruck after ruck after ruck, as usual.
Dan Leavy 9: Absolutely super game from the flanker who summed up Ireland’s ferociousness. Such high energy and seems to show up all over the park.
CJ Stander 8: Flattened Ken Owens in a carry that summed up Ireland’s dominance in the collisions. Effective, even if carries weren’t ones that lasted long.
Jack McGrath (for Healy, 62) 7: Worked hard and scrummaged well.
Fergus McFadden (for Earls, 62) 5: Sloppy start and didn’t improve.
John Ryan (for Porter, 66) 7: Won a big penalty to banish French demons.
Jack Conan (for O’Mahony, 66) 6: Got in amongst it quickly.
Quinn Roux (for Toner, 70) 5: Tried to bring energy off bench.
Sean Cronin (for Best, 70) 5: Might be disappointed he didn’t get more minutes on the pitch.
Joey Carbery (for Sexton, 76) 5: Kicked late conversion.
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