Man mark­ing Ire­land

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Natwest Six Nations - By Daniel Schofield

8

Rob Kear­ney Full-back On his 86th cap as im­pe­ri­ous in the air as he ever was. Seems to have en­joyed a re­nais­sance since the emer­gence of Jor­dan Lar­mour.

7

Cian Healy Prop Won bat­tle with Sinck­ler, at least ac­cord­ing to ref­eree An­drew Gard­ner. Lit­tle in­volve­ment in the loose but a case of job done.

7

Keith Earls Wing His scrap against Daly was a fea­ture of the game. By­passed for Daly’s try but got his re­venge with a stun­ning tap tackle.

7

Rory Best Hooker Suf­fered some early line-out dif­fi­cul­ties. Main­tained a much bet­ter di­a­logue with Gard­ner than Hart­ley.

6

Garry Rin­grose Cen­tre Qui­eter than last week but still showed great scav­eng­ing to grab Ire­land’s first try. Un­doubt­edly the fu­ture of this Ire­land team.

9

Tadhg Fur­long Prop A green bul­lock. Ev­ery carry is turbo charged but also showed soft hands to put Aki through. Best in the world in his po­si­tion.

6

Bundee Aki Cen­tre Lucky boy. Should have been binned for his high tackle on Daly. A cou­ple of other glar­ing er­rors but one key line break for Stander’s try.

7

James Ryan Lock No let-up in his ef­forts. Yet an­other ex­am­ple of the as­ton­ish­ing strength in depth that Ire­land have built up in re­cent years.

8

Ja­cob Stock­dale Wing The his­tory boy be­came the first player to score seven tries in a sin­gle Six Na­tions. Great hus­tle to beat both Brown and May.

8

Iain Hen­der­son Lock Seems to re­serve his best per­for­mances against Eng­land. Main dis­rupter of the home maul, al­beit on the very edge of le­gal­ity.

7

Jonathan Sex­ton Fly-half Rat­tled by an early col­li­sion with Te’o but even half dazed, still a class op­er­a­tor. Never seems to make the wrong de­ci­sion.

7

Peter O’Ma­hony Flanker Yel­low carded for re­peated maul in­fringe­ments. Rel­ished the rest of the fight, spoiling and dis­rupt­ing Eng­land’s ball.

8

Conor Mur­ray Scrum-half Dic­tated the tempo of the game through­out. Such ex­cel­lent game in­tel­li­gence of how to put his team in the right places.

8

Dan Leavy Flanker Just behind Stock­dale as the find of the tour­na­ment. Set the early tone with a fe­ro­cious hit on Hart­ley and barely let up.

8

CJ Stander No 8 One of the play­ers of the tour­na­ment. Took 23 car­ries and kept Ire­land firmly on the front foot. Knock­ing on world XV sta­tus.

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