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How the Ireland players rated in the Six Nations victory over Scotland

Ireland's Jacob Stockade celebrates scoring his side's second try of the game.
Ireland's Jacob Stockade celebrates scoring his side's second try of the game.

Ratings by Michael Sadlier

Ireland bounced back from their defeat to England with a 22-13 win at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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But how did the individual players perform?

Michael Sadlier cast his eye over the Ireland squad:

Starting XV

Rob Kearney 7: A high profile return, he made the most metres of any Irish player (88) and was his usual solid self though didn’t throw a pass with a score on.

Keith Earls 7: Took his try well and made sure he ran under the posts too. This time there were no glaring issues in defence and put in a great hit on Russell.

Chris Farrell 5: Badly turned over when Ireland needed more control and didn’t really impose himself though his presence helped for Murray’s try.

Bundee Aki 6: The tackle count was high (14) but he seemed to struggle again in the physical stuff and he ended up giving away a couple of penalties.

Jacob Stockdale 8: This was back to his best, a great try off Sexton, but he also helped create the chaos for Murray’s score and also put in some vital defensive work.

Ireland's Jacob Stockade runs in his 13th Ireland try to mark his 16th cap.

Johnny Sexton 7: Has to play this way to be effective but there is a cost. Beaten up, he failed an HIA but before leaving he had assisted for Stockdale score.

Conor Murray 6: Still feeling his way back, he fired off a few more kicks which were off the money and there was one badly misdirected pass too. Got the first try.

Cian Healy 7: As is the norm there was plenty of heavy lifting. The scrums were good as was the tackle count (12) but needs more dynamism going forward.

Rory Best 7: Looked blown away by England, but this was much more to his liking. All the vital things were done effectively at scrum and lineout time.

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Ireland's Rory Best picks up the Centenary Quaich.

Tadhg Furlong 8: Sixteen carries was testament to a very busy afternoon. Scrummed well too. There was one lost ball but, overall, a very good outing.

James Ryan 4: Take away his lineout work and there was precious little with so much physicality around. His ankle knock ended a miserable evening.

Quinn Roux 6: There just to work he did that. Made 14 tackles which was a sign of industry but there seemed to be little enough in terms of being dominant.

Peter O’Mahony 9: If Ryan and Furlong set the bar high, the flanker pushed it further. Quiet against England this was the dog of war we know well. Hugely influential.

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Ireland's Peter O'Mahony delivered a top performance at Murrayfield

Sean O’Brien 7: Watching him succumb to dominant tackles was unusual but then playing Test level so soon after injury is tricky. Hopefully will improve.

Jack Conan 7: No doubting his work in the tackle as he topped the Irish charts here with 18. But, too often, he wasn’t seen enough taking the ball forward.


Joey Carbery (Sexton 23) 7: Gifted the Scots a try, but grew into the game and a great pass for Earls’s score.

Dave Kilcoyne (Healy 57) 7: A few good drives helped the cause

Josh van der Flier (O’Brien 63) 7: Brought more breakdown presence

Andrew Porter (Furlong 67) 6: Looked a bit too eager and one bad penalty

Ultan Dillane (Roux 67) 7: Good lineout steal and presence

Sean Cronin (Best 71) 6: No big breaks this time

Jordan Larmour (Stockdale 71) 5: Again seemed fairly anonymous

John Cooney (Murray 71) 5: Another short shift and no try this time

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