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Six Nations: How the Ireland players rated during Grand Slam success over England

Ratings by Jonathan Bradley

It was up there with the greatest days in Irish Rugby history - but how did the individuals fare during the 24-15 win at Twickenham?

Here's Jonathan Bradley's take on their performances:

Rob Kearney 9

Another vintage performance from one of only two men to win a pair of slams for Ireland. Secure as ever in the air and attacked with a real edge.

Keith Earls 7

Saved a try with a tap tackle on Elliot Daly in the corner and was again sharp throughout the contest. Ended the game early through injury.

Garry Ringrose 9

Was alert for his try when first to a bouncing ball and has came straight back into the side without missing a beat over the past two games.

Bundee Aki 7

Helped create the score for Stander with a fantastic strike move, was perhaps a touch fortunate to avoid a yellow card for a tackle.

Jacob Stockdale 8

Simply can’t stop scoring. A new record for the championship in his first attempt after his dagger blow of a try at the end of the first-half.

Johnny Sexton 8

Hasn’t been 100% fit which makes the level of his performance all the more remarkable. Deserves his long-awaited Grand Slam.

Conor Murray 9

Best number nine in the northern hemisphere and one of the best players in this campaign. England seemed set on disrupting him but was unruffled.

Cian Healy 8

The Irish scrum was rock solid and Healy made eight uncompromising tackles before making way for Jack McGrath. A rare luxury to have both.

Rory Best 8

Best performance of the campaign. Ireland’s Grand Slam winning captain is putting together an unmatched CV in skipper’s role.

Tadhg Furlong 9

Has few rivals in the traditional aspects of tight-head play but what really sets him apart is everything else. Again uncannily dynamic here.

James Ryan 8

Still to lose a start in professional rugby. The big hit on Itoje will make highlight reels but it was another wholly complete performance.

Iain Henderson 9

The lock made 15 tackles, including a tireless number in Ireland’s key defensive stand after half-time. His maul defence also exceptional.

Peter O'Mahony 7

England tried to pressure the lineout and, in the absence of Devin Toner, O’Mahony was a reliable target before going off for a late HIA.

Dan Leavy 9

A real case to be made that Leavy was Ireland’s best player in the tournament. For a side that is so good come ruck time, Leavy was key again.

CJ Stander 8

Led the side in carries yet again and was sharp enough of mind to stretch the ball up against the post for Ireland’s second score of the day.


Jack McGrath (for Healy, 50) 7: Kept up strong scrum showing.

Jordan Larmour (for Aki, 54) 7: More fancy footwork from the talented youngster.

Sean Cronin (for Best, 64) 8: Try saving tackle made.

Andrew Porter (for Furlong, 64) 7: Gave a physical cameo.

Devin Toner (for Ryan, 66) 7: Industrious off the bench.

Joey Carbery (for Sexton, 66) 8: Good for Ireland in two spells.

Kieran Marmion (for Earls, 70) 7: Did job out of position.

Jordi Murphy (for O’Mahony, 74) 6: Only on for few minutes.

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