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How the Ireland players rated during Six Nations win over Wales

Ratings by Jonathan Bradley

Ireland's quest for the Grand Slam continued apace with their 37-27 win over Wales at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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.

Replacments

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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