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Six Nations: Ireland v Wales - How the players rated

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<br /><b>Geordan Murphy - 7</b><br />
Will have been disappointed to have been shunted on to the wing thanks to D'Arcy's early departure and was once left for dead by Halfpenny

<br /><b>Geordan Murphy - 7</b><br /> Will have been disappointed to have been shunted on to the wing thanks to D'Arcy's early departure and was once left for dead by Halfpenny

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Tommy Bowe - 7&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
One slashing break in the first half terrified Wales and resulted in three points for Ireland, but this was largely a day of chasing high balls lobbed in Shane Williams' direction

<br /><b>Tommy Bowe - 7</b><br /> One slashing break in the first half terrified Wales and resulted in three points for Ireland, but this was largely a day of chasing high balls lobbed in Shane Williams' direction

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Brian O'Driscoll - 8&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Marked his 100th cap with his trademark industry and some bruising defensive work. He provided the assist for Earls' first try and then showed great handling for the winger's second

<br /><b>Brian O'Driscoll - 8</b><br /> Marked his 100th cap with his trademark industry and some bruising defensive work. He provided the assist for Earls' first try and then showed great handling for the winger's second

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Gordon D'Arcy - 5&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Departed early with what appeared to be a dead leg not long after cleaning up well after Ireland had failed to deal with a restart

<br /><b>Gordon D'Arcy - 5</b><br /> Departed early with what appeared to be a dead leg not long after cleaning up well after Ireland had failed to deal with a restart

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Keith Earls- 8&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
A nervy enough start but came roaring back with two excellent finishes, both of which he had to work for before crashing over the line. The switch to the centre was seamless

<br /><b>Keith Earls- 8</b><br /> A nervy enough start but came roaring back with two excellent finishes, both of which he had to work for before crashing over the line. The switch to the centre was seamless

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Jonathan Sexton - 6&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Ran well and did some useful work in defence but, again, his place kicking was badly askew with three successes from seven attempts just not a good enough standard

<br /><b>Jonathan Sexton - 6</b><br /> Ran well and did some useful work in defence but, again, his place kicking was badly askew with three successes from seven attempts just not a good enough standard

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Tomas O'Leary - 9&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
An immense effort all round, his risky tap penalty created Earls' first score and then dashed over himself (below) before playing a central role in putting Earls through for a second

<br /><b>Tomas O'Leary - 9</b><br /> An immense effort all round, his risky tap penalty created Earls' first score and then dashed over himself (below) before playing a central role in putting Earls through for a second

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Cian Healy - 7&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Extremely busy around the park with a high tackle count and stood up well to what could have been a gruelling encounter against opposite number Adam Jones

<br /><b>Cian Healy - 7</b><br /> Extremely busy around the park with a high tackle count and stood up well to what could have been a gruelling encounter against opposite number Adam Jones

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Rory Best - 8&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
A cracking game full of aggression and put in some furious tackling and some turnovers. His throwing was again on the money with Ireland only spilling one lineout

<br /><b>Rory Best - 8</b><br /> A cracking game full of aggression and put in some furious tackling and some turnovers. His throwing was again on the money with Ireland only spilling one lineout

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Paul O'Connell - 9&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Delivered a colossal effort and constantly wanted ownership of the ball. Put in a gut-busting display throughout all phases of play and set up O&rsquo;Leary's score

<br /><b>Paul O'Connell - 9</b><br /> Delivered a colossal effort and constantly wanted ownership of the ball. Put in a gut-busting display throughout all phases of play and set up O’Leary's score

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Donncha O'Callaghan - 8&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Produced more big plays defensively and won both lineouts that directly led to Ireland&rsquo;s second and third scores

<br /><b>Donncha O'Callaghan - 8</b><br /> Produced more big plays defensively and won both lineouts that directly led to Ireland’s second and third scores

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Stephen Ferris - 7&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Completely eclipsed his opposite number with his muscular drives and big hits

<br /><b>Stephen Ferris - 7</b><br /> Completely eclipsed his opposite number with his muscular drives and big hits

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;David Wallace - 8&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Seemed to be always there in support and was a constant nuisance to Wales

<br /><b>David Wallace - 8</b><br /> Seemed to be always there in support and was a constant nuisance to Wales

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Jamie Heaslip - 7&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
Produced a critical hit on Roberts

<br /><b>Jamie Heaslip - 7</b><br /> Produced a critical hit on Roberts

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<br /><b>Geordan Murphy - 7</b><br /> Will have been disappointed to have been shunted on to the wing thanks to D'Arcy's early departure and was once left for dead by Halfpenny

Ireland cruised to victory against Wales in their Six Nations match at Croke Park on Saturday.

Here, we examine how each individual in the Irish team fared in Dublin



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