1. Cian Healy – 7
Put in a savage performance for 80 minutes. Really stood up to the English front row and they didn’t get much change from the Irish forwards. Always busy in the loose, only negative was conceding 2 penalties.
2. Rory Best – 7
Decent day in the lineout, offered plenty in defence. His counter rucking was very effective in turning over a number of balls. His best performance of the tournament.
3. Mike Ross – 6
Decent day in the scrum. Dominated his opposite number Corbiserio, but didn’t offer much else around the park.
4. Donncha O’Calllghan – 7
Showed his usual tenacity and aggression, managing to hold the ball-carrier and prevent him from going to ground was successful to slow ball down.
5. Paul O’Connell – 9
The last game of the 6 Nations was the first time O’Connell demonstrated that he is 100% back to his pre-injury self. Awesome display of physicality, turn overs, rolling-mauls, My man of the match.
6. Sean O’Brien – 7
Rounded off a highly successful campaign with a solid performance. Our tip to keep an eye on this player from last October came good this Spring. Watch out New Zealand!
7. David Wallace – 8
Belied his age early on. Clean breaks, beating defenders, cleaning up at the breakdown, he proved his critics wrong and showed that this 35 year old has plenty left in the tank.
8. Jamie Heaslip – 8
Good performance from Heaslip, Showed great leadership on the pitch, motivated and inspired the players around him. Future Irish captain.
9. Eoin Reddan – 6
Distribution was decent, kept at a nice high-tempo, suffered from a lapse in concentration that led to the ultimate price being paid – no excuses for that intercept try gifted to Thompson.
10. Jonnny Sexton – 9
Kicked the demons from the Welsh game to touch, put in an excellent performance and was delighted to see the smile on his face at the final whistle. We will head to the World Cup with two excellent out-halves.
11. Andrew Trimble – 7
Was busy all over the park, brought some real muscle to the Irish defense, teamed up well with Bowe in a few double-hits.
12. Gordon D’Arcy – 7
Defense was solid as ever and discipline was top notch. Centre pairing of BOD and Darcy didn’t give an inch to their opposite numbers. D’Arcy always made it over the gain line when in possession.
13. Brian O’Driscoll – 8
What a game to claim the highest 6 Nations try scorer of all-time! Superb performance, defence and attack was flawless.
14. Tommy Bowe – 8
Another player who has returned to his best, was involved in everything good about Ireland, only negative was the forward pass to O’Driscoll, where there was no need for it.
15. Keith Earls – 8
Even though England didn’t test his fielding abilities, he was lethal on the counter, playing full of confidence, backs himself at the right times and is a viable alternative in the fullback jersey. Selection nightmare for Kidney at fullback.
Tom Court – 4
Replaced Ross at 59′. Had a nightmare, popped up in every scrum and didn’t offer anything in the loose.
Ronan O’Gara – 8
Replaced Sexton at 70′ and BBC got it correct when they described him as the master, closed the game out by pinning England back in their own half.
Denis Leamy – 6
Replaced D Wallace at 71′ Typical hardworking performance from the Munster back row.
Replaced Best at 78′ – not on long enough to rate.
Replaced O’Connell at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.
Replaced Reddan at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.
Replaced D’Arcy at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.