15. Rob Kearney – 5
Did his best to get things going, but awful conditions for a full back didnt help. Worst game of the tournament.
14. Tommy Bowe – 6
Flashes of his ability, but all too often ploughing a lone furrow
13. Keith Earls – 6
A couple of scintillating breaks, but seemed to be unable to control the wet ball
12. Gordon D’Arcy – 4
A poor performance in the image of his tournament.
11. Andrew Trimble – 5
Worked as hard as ever, but definitely more perspiring that inspiring
10. Jonathan Sexton – 5
Picked as the man who had to play well for Ireland to win. He didn’t do enough, but playing at 10 behind such a retreating pack is a thankless task
9. Eoin Reddan – 5
Again, not easy when you’re protecting you fingers from your retreating back row, but outshone Dickson comfortably
1. Cian Healy – 5
Met an England pack in fine form and was soundly controlled by Dan Cole
2. Rory Best – 4
Hard to think of any positives here really. Lineout, scrum and loose all a real struggle
3. Mike Ross – 4
Replaced after 36 minutes, but had been well and truly taken to pieces in the set piece by Corbisiero.
4. Donncha O’Callaghan – 4
Another who kept to the level of his performance of the whole tournament; unfortunately for Ireland. Should be over and out now.
5. Donnacha Ryan – 5
A couple of sparks aside, he struggled, but then who wouldn’t have done with the non-performance ahead and alongside him?
6. Stephen Ferris – 5
A huge backwards step versus the first 4 games.
7. Sean O’Brien – 6
Possibly, somewhat ironically, his best performance of the tournament. Certainly the best Irish forward.
8. Jamie Heaslip – 4
Would the real Jamie Heaslip please stand up? Poor in almost everything he did.
Tom Court replaced an injured Mike Ross before half-time and somehow managed to do even worse in the scrum. O’Leary and O’Gara entered the fray shortly after half-time without really having the desired positive effect. The other replacements used had around 10 minutes to perform miracles, but none were able to counter the second half wave of white shirts