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