Ireland 26 Scotland 5: Ireland Player Ratings


15 Hugo Keenan

The highlight was a brilliant tackle try against Scotland captain and full-back Stuart Hogg at a time when the visitors may still have aspirations to win. Another high quality contribution from both sides of the ball. Rating: 8

14 Mack Hansen

His influence increased as the game progressed, particularly in attack where he beat the first defender several times, but he should also derive satisfaction from a good reading in defense in the Irish 22 while Scotland would have maybe scored a try. Rating: 7

13 Garry Ringrose

He works so hard to back up errors or misreads from his teammates and that selflessness was once again apparent. He didn’t have much luck attacking as that aspect of Ireland’s display was a bit faded but worked to plug holes in the defence. Rating: 7

12 Bundee Aki

He certainly wasn’t helped by a lack of form in Ireland’s back line, and was often given the wrong ball to try and work the oracle. A strike on a pass from Johnny Sexton highlighted the lack of empathy between the two that day and he was also caught offside. Rating: 6

11 James Lowe

He did some really good things, a good kick and made some unusual mistakes – three turnovers, and he got in the way of a pre-planned move. But his power and determination in setting up Conor Murray’s bonus point was typical of his fire and attitude. Rating: 6

10 Johnny Sexton (Captain)

He will be disappointed with the scrappy nature of Ireland’s back game and fended off a chance to score a try when he should have passed. Excellent 50-22 kick, generally brave in defense and it wasn’t all bleak in attack. Rating: 7

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton releases Bundee Aki in Saturday’s win at the Aviva Stadium. Photography: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

9 Jamison Gibson-Park

It was another high quality, sharp and lively contribution giving his team tempo and line breaks in equal measure. Sure, he’d like to go back on a decision or two, but that’s minor arrogance compared to his full display, including a life-saving tackle try. Rating: 8

1 Cian Healy

An integral part of a scrum that didn’t budge and was generally smart about finding a millimeter of space so they could pass their try; one or two very good lifts with footwork. Rating: 7

2 Dan Sheehan

An outstanding performance in every aspect of the game, from his lineout throw – a select one – to his carry, beating defenders through footwork or power with equal ease. He capped off a superb game with a try. Rating: 9

Ireland's Dan Sheehan scores a try against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

Ireland’s Dan Sheehan scores a try against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

3 Tadhg Furlong

Showed enthusiasm and energy for all forms of contact and was rock solid in the scrum at the start and then was part of Ireland’s late dominance. Great penalty roll on a ruck, good defensive reads and overall high energy input. Rating: 7

4 Tadhg Beirne

His application and work-rate were generally diligent and his greatest contribution was perhaps his number of tackles in defense and his ability to slow the ball down when broken down. A handling error or two but it fit perfectly with the context of the game. Rating: 7

5 Iain Henderson

The Irish roster caller took responsibility for securing most of the ball (10 throws) and was very assured in that capacity. He worked hard around the pitch but will be disappointed to be stripped near the Scottish line. Rating: 6

6 Caelan Doris

Led the way with two turnovers, one of which led to a relief penalty and the other halted a Scottish counterattack. He won’t be content with just a knock on a pass four yards from the Scottish line, but overall a diligent effort. Rating: 7

7Josh van der Flier

If there was one player who showed the courage and the application needed to ensure a successful outcome, it was Ireland’s open flanker. He is credited with 17 tackles but it seemed more; he was present when Ireland needed him most and capped the display with a try. Rating: 8

8 Jack Conan

A thunderous early carry in which he bounced George Turner into a tackle, another muscular effort in the build-up to Cian Healy’s try but the play didn’t quite work out and he was substituted in the 53rd minute despite a good start to the game. Second part. Rating: 6


Dave Kilcoyne made a big impact off the bench helping Ireland assert some dominance from the scrum, Conor Murray grabbed a try and read the play beautifully while Robbie Henshaw provided clever direction and shoved for a few turnovers . The bench gave Ireland a boost. Rating: 7


Andy Farrell oversaw the evolution of Ireland’s style of play which improved significantly during the tournament. Four wins from five matches underscores the progress Ireland have made under his stewardship and he deserves huge credit. There is still a long way to go, but according to the campaign, the signs are positive. Rating: 8


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