Ire­land Player rat­ings

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby - By Gavin Cum­miskey

9 Jor­dan Lar­mour

Op­po­si­tion de­fend­ing was aw­ful but Lar­mour num­bers tell no lies: 245 me­tres cov­ered from six clean breaks and 12 de­fend­ers beaten, one turnover, three tack­les (none missed), twin­kle toes has ar­rived like only one other: this in­ter­na­tional hat-trick puts gen­uine pres­sure on Messrs Kear­ney, Earls and Stock­dale as Joe Sch­midt cer­tainly has his num­ber 23 – po­si­tional flaws aside – for Novem­ber and be­yond (that means one from Bundee Aki, Garry Rin­grose and Rob­bie Hen­shaw will not be se­lected).

7Solid An­drew Con­way

per­for­mance on the track and in the air be­fore Luke McGrath’s try while hunt­ing for

work on and off the ball keeps him firmly in the Sch­midt plans but Lar­mour majesty leaves a jer­sey for Ar­gentina and New Zealand de­pen­dent upon in­jury, pos­si­bly two.

8 Garry Rin­grose

Quiet ef­fi­ciency sparked with two nice breaks, three turnovers and an in­nate knowl­edge when to re­lease ball be­fore con­tact makes him the un­ri­valled 13 op­tion head­ing into 2019. That leaves an epic duel be­tween Aki and Hen­shaw to pro­vide mid­field mus­cle.

6 Bundee Aki

Beat that fe­ro­cious work rate, Rob­bie. Typ­i­cally com­bat­ive but caught and stopped be­fore

the gain­line way more than his 22 car­ries should have de­liv­ered but team­mates no­tice these in­sane lev­els of en­thu­si­asm. Hard to drop but a pos­si­bil­ity.

6 Ja­cob Stock­dale

Started like a lo­co­mo­tive, threat­en­ing to be­come one of rugby’s great num­ber 11’s, but the game al­most slipped past him un­til a mini re­vival be­fore Will Ad­di­son’s ar­rival on 60 min­utes. Much more to come.

6 Joey Car­bery

The stan­dard is Sex­ton. Five from five goals but five missed tack­les is a blot with the pass­ing out­half need­ing to hone that ter­ri­to­rial kick­ing game to be con­sid­ered a com­plete in­ter­na­tional 10. It will hap­pen.

7 Luke McGrath

Bagged one of his trade­mark Le­in­ster tries when trail­ing Lar­mour’s early break with this first start for Ire­land pro­vid­ing enough ev­i­dence that the 25-year-old is Conor Mur­ray’s undis­puted un­der­study. Now he needs to mas­ter the TJ Per­e­nara art of clos­ing games.

7 Jack McGrath An im­pres­sive prop re­turn of 10 car­ries and 12 tack­les (two really im­por­tant) amongst the fall­ing red woods to reaf­firm his value in the Ire­land squad as Dave Kil­coyne’s su­pe­rior car­ries were punc­tured by er­ror.

6 Niall Scan­nell

An­other im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the ris­ing Cork hooker cut short at half-time as the ex­plo­sive­ness of Sean Cronin keeps out­siders scratch­ing their heads about the se­lec­tion pol­icy in this de­part­ment. Can Rory Best go where the age­ing bod­ies of John Hayes and Paul O’Con­nell could not? We shall soon see.

8 An­drew Porter

The progress of this freak­ish spec­i­men should keep Tadhg Fur­long top of the (global) tight­head pile. Some­day, maybe not this sea­son, but even­tu­ally the 22 year old will ap­ply real pres­sure on his Wex­ford pal.

8 Tadhg Beirne

A shade be­low beast mode but it’s promised. There is one great de­bate when the “Ire­land Coach­ing Group” break bread to­gether. Penny for the thoughts of Andy Far­rell and Si­mon Easterby as the re­porter’s eye has Beirne the su­pe­rior for­ward in two Euro­pean games – which in­cluded Pe­ter O’Ma­hony and CJ Stander – and now a test match. One from Devin Toner and Iain Hen­der­son must be dis­carded – no­body is drop­ping James Ryan – for Ar­gentina and New Zealand un­less Beirne pro­vides back­row cover. Ridicu­lous riches.

7 Quinn Roux

A Sch­midt favourite, the South African heavy­weight keeps Ultan Dil­lane out of the reck­on­ing and de­spite a litany of past in­jury is­sues Roux looked pre­cisely what he is; a pow­er­ful scrum­mag­ing fur­ni­ture re­mover.

8 Rhys Rud­dock

Must stay fit. Led by ac­tions and sub­tle com­mu­ni­ca­tion but this could be the last we see of the blind­side un­til US Ea­gles week. The em­bar­rass­ment of riches left at home in­forms that O’Ma­hony, Stander and Sean O’Brien re­main the cho­sen three with Josh van der Flier vi­ciously scrap­ping with Rud­dock for the Ar­gentina bench.

7 Josh van der Flier

Robotic but cer­tain type of flanker. Sch­midt has backed the red cap ma­chine since 2016 and only for his knee snap last sea­son’s all con­sum­ing Dan Leavy dis­plays would not have oc­curred. Leavy lost time in pre­sea­son so, ridicu­lously, falls to third choice with van der Flier, on this show­ing, still be­hind O’Brien.

7 Jack Co­nan

Tops the tackle count with 17 and 13 car­ries is sec­ond only to Rud­dock’s 18, and while Stander has not looked his su­per­hu­man self so far this sea­son the South African Mun­ster man re­mains the pri­mary num­ber eight. Co­nan is close but not there yet.

7 Re­place­ments

Brought real en­ergy, Kil­coyne and Cronin as ever, but the true value was ac­cli­ma­tis­ing Will Ad­di­son and Ross Byrne for the long road ahead. John Cooney de­serves to start against the US.

7 Coach

Easterby gets the lions share of praise as Sch­midt re­mained in Car­ton House to work on his new All Black for­mula. In­ter­est­ingly, Easterby had full use of his li­ne­out gi­raffes as Devin Toner and James Ryan also trav­elled to Chicago. That should pay off this and next week.

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