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Ireland v Wales player ratings: Larmour and Conway lead the way in Ireland win


Ireland's full-back Jordan Larmour celebrates his early try

Ireland's full-back Jordan Larmour celebrates his early try

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Ireland's full-back Jordan Larmour celebrates his early try

Ireland put in a much more convincing performance in their bonus point win over Wales on Saturday.

But how did the individuals fare?

Jordan Larmour 8: Looked comfortable again at the back and always dangerous. He broke several tackles for his try. Wales seemed unsure of quite what to do when he was on the ball.

Andrew Conway 8: This was a sparkling effort and the winger hardly put a foot wrong. His kick-chasing, tackling, running and kicking from hand were all on the money. Thoroughly deserved his try.

Robbie Henshaw 7: Looked really sharp and ready for work with his physicality giving Ireland an edge in contact. Unfortunately the Leinster player didn’t finish the game and left due to an HIA.

Bundee Aki 7: Did so much of the really hard work with his power ensuring good go-forward in close combat. Had also won a great turnover too only for a penalty to spoil it.

Jacob Stockdale 6: Very busy early on in the game but then spent a large period of time not getting on the ball. There was a dangerous run in the second half but his chip wasn’t ideal.

Johnny Sexton 7: Heavily strapped before kick-off but there was on particularly visible sign of him holding back. One bad miscue from the tee but otherwise a typically voluble and committed effort.

Conor Murray 7: Some crisp passing helped create space out wide and his kicks in the swirling wind were largely fine. His late attempt at a break went wrong but, then, why was he still on?

Cian Healy 6: Not a bad game but he was the quietest of the front-rowers. He was in the defensive zone for Wales’ first try when they burst through and departed on 50 minutes.

Rob Herring 7: Was there to help propel Furlong over the line and his set-piece work and general performance were both up there. Made one good break too but a knock-on was his last involvement.

Tadhg Furlong 8: Another whose physicality was on the money and his strength helped for his try, Ireland’s second. Made 11 tackles too before making way six minutes after the hour.

Iain Henderson 7: Turned over early on but made a strong tackle on Adams with Ryan. Called the lineouts and they were pretty much on the money before also leaving on 66 minutes.

James Ryan 8: The loss of the ball at a lineout looked ugly, but he came back with his usual selfless commitment to the cause thanks to 14 carries and 15 tackles as well.

Peter O'Mahony 7: Another big tackle count from the Munster man and he was well-pumped when Ireland lifted the siege with a scrum penalty. There was also a typical lineout steal as well.

CJ Stander 7: There were some typical turnovers in another man of the match performance. Was unlucky to give away a penalty on his own line and was yellow-carded at the end.

Josh van der Flier 7: Was at the bottom of the heap of bodies for Ireland’s third score. Difficult enough first half against Tipuric but was much more solid as the game wore on.

Coach Andy Farrell 7: This was an improvement on a week ago and was a much more comfortable result with a bonus point to boot. But why leave it so long to bring Cooney on?


Keith Earls for Henshaw, 44mins: looked really sharp 7

Dave Kilcoyne for Healy, 50mins: won a key scrum penalty 6

Ronan Kelleher for Herring, 66mins: some good work 6

Andrew Porter for Furlong, 66mins: strong and sound 6

Devin Toner for Henderson, 66mins: quiet enough really 5

Ross Byrne for Sexton, 70mins: some nice touches 6

Max Deegan for O’Mahony, 70mins: not a lot to do on debut 5

John Cooney for Murray, 72mins: just not on long enough 5.

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