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WALES:

HALLAM AMOS: Wales' best player on a forgettable afternoon for the team. Dangerous in attack, solid in defence 8/10

ALEX CUTHBERT: The prolific Test try-scorer had few opportunities to get his hands on the ball, although he did score late on, but he did not obviously go looking for work. 5

TYLER MORGAN: Not a Test debut to savour for the Newport Gwent Dragons youngster, who too often spilled possession. 5

SCOTT WILLIAMS: Captained Wales for the first time, but the Scarlets centre could not stamp his mark on proceedings. 5

ELI WALKER: Unlucky not to score a try just before the break, and he was also on the receiving end of a crunching Andrew Trimble tackle during his introduction to Test rugby. 6

JAMES HOOK: Unable to exert any tactical influence on the Wales team in only his second Test start at fly-half since the 2011 World Cup. Might have now lost his chance this time around. 4

MIKE PHILLIPS: Wales would have expected much more from their 94-cap scrum-half, who failed to inject tempo or direction. 4

NICKY SMITH: Battling to make Wales head coach Warren Gatland's final 31-man squad, and he remains in the frame. 6

RICHARD HIBBARD: Scored a try just before half-time, but he had his work cut out opposite a fired-up Ireland front-row. 5

AARON JARVIS: A tough afternoon at the office for the Ospreys prop as Wales went down to an emphatic defeat. 5

JAKE BALL: A hard-working contribution by the Scarlets lock, but it was largely a disappointing day for the Wales pack. 6

DOMINIC DAY: The Bath forward endured a tough Test baptism, although he kept going during a difficult day for Wales. 6

ROSS MORIARTY: An eagerly-awaited Test debut saw him blot his copybook with a reckless high hit on Ireland wing Simon Zebo. He was yellow-carded, but it might have been red. 5

JUSTIN TIPURIC: Scored a sparkling solo try near the end of the contest, and was arguably Wales' most potent attacking force. 7

DAN BAKER: A quiet opening 40 minutes before he went off at half-time after appearing to suffer a hamstring problem. 5

Replacements:

TAULUPE FALETAU: Took over from Baker for the second period, but could not inspire Wales. 6

LLOYD WILLIAMS: Played most of the second half instead of a lacklustre Phillips. 5

GARETH ANSCOMBE: Went on for his Test debut in the second period, and he looked more assured than Hook. 6

KRISTIAN DACEY: Gained a run in the second period instead of Hibbard, and he appears to be pushing for a World Cup place. 6

ROB EVANS: Took over from Smith as Ireland closed out the game. 5

MATTHEW MORGAN: Had few chances to show his electric pace and brilliant footwork. 5

SCOTT ANDREWS: Replaced Jarvis during the second period. 5

JAMES KING: Gained a second-half opportunity instead of Ball. 5

IRELAND:

FELIX JONES: Boosted his World Cup prospects with a solid showing 7

ANDREW TRIMBLE: Looked sharp enough until withdrawn through injury 6

KEITH EARLS: Impressive return after lengthy injury nightmare 8

DAREN CAVE: No frills, but no mistakes either 6

FERGUS McFADDEN: Tidy enough without ever being able to cut loose 6

PADDY JACKSON: Manoeuvred Ireland well enough around the field, but struggled off the tee 7

EOIN REDDAN: Good work from one of Schmidt's trusted lieutenants 7

JACK McGRATH: Solid at the set-piece 7

RICHARDT STRAUSS: Hardly put a foot wrong all day 7

MIKE ROSS: Schmidt's stalwart tighthead prop put in another fine shift 7

IAIN HENDERSON: Composed effort, edging ever closer to the World Cup squad 7

DONNACHA RYAN: Raised a big hand for a World Cup slot 8

JORDI MURPHY: Marshalled the breakdown well 7

TOMMY O'DONNELL: Decent shift until injury struck late on 7

JAMIE HEASLIP: Tied Ireland's tight work together nicely 8

Replacements:

RORY BEST: Unable to stop Wales edging back in late on 6

DAVE KOLCOYNE: Solid enough showing 6

MICHAEL BENT: Kept Wales' scrum at bay 6

DAN TUOHY: Unable to maintain the Munster man's intensity 6

CHRIS HENRY: Sin-binned for killing the ball 6

KIERAN MARMION: Quiet cameo 6

IAN MADIGAN: Could not contain Gareth Anscombe 6

SIMON ZEBO: Took his try well on another fuss-free effort 7

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