15. Rob Kearney – 7
Didn’t reach the heights of recent weeks, but still performed well.
14. Tommy Bowe – 6
Another who was quieter than in recent weeks.
13. Keith Earls – 7
Seems to me to be growing in stature and confidence, slowly but surely.
12. Gordon D’Arcy – 5
Another poor, anonymous performance. England’s Tuilagi will be licking his lips on this form if D’Arcy makes next week’s XV.
11. Andrew Trimble – 6
Took his try well, and performed reasonably, but he isn’t throwing in the world-beating performances yet.
10. Jonathan Sexton – 7
Kicked well, controlled the game reasonably well, but he doesn’t have that masterful air that he seems to have when wearing the blue of Leinster.
9. Eoin Reddan – 7
A lively performance, with good quick passing. Took his try very well and led his opposite number a merry dance.
1. Cian Healy – 7
Backed up last week’s performance with another solid one, both in the scrum, in defence and in the loose where he carried well at times.
2. Rory Best – 7
The captain for the day rounded a solid performance off with a try. Line-out much improved versus last week.
3. Mike Ross – 6
Slightly less effective than in previous weeks.
4. Donncha O’Callaghan – 5
Another average performance from DOC who must be on borrowed time.
5. Donnacha Ryan – 7
A great effort from the replacement for O’Connell. Proved what many believe, that he is a better option than O’Callaghan to start when everyone is fit.
6. Stephen Ferris – 8
Another all action performance from Ferris, who continues to show the rest of the pack the way forward.
7. Peter O’Mahony – 6
Stepped in to O’Brien’s shoes well enough, without ever really staking a claim for wearing them permanently.
8. Jamie Heaslip – 6
A game that mirrored his tournament really, short periods of influence followed by longer periods of invisibility.
Cronin, O’Leary and O’Gara all steadied the ship when they came on with 25 minutes remaining, Jennings put in some good work in his 18 minutes or so, and McFadden had time to round off the win with Ireland’s 4th try. Court and McCarthy had too little time to make an impact.
by Mark Bonsall