15. Leigh Halfpenny – 7
Took over kicking duties from the wayward Rhys Priestland and held his nervy excellently. While at full back he never looked entirely comfortable under the high ball but defended well on the whole.
14. Alex Cuthbert – 5
Disappointing debut from the 21-year-old. Exposed for Rory Best’s try before being withdrawn for James Hook at half-time.
13. Jon Davies – 8
Quick, energetic and strong. Took both tries very well and is proving to be a top class international centre.
12. Jamie Roberts – 7
One of his more quiet games for Wales but Roberts is incredibly important for Wales, both in defence and attack. Reliable going forward, he will improve as he continues his return from injury.
11. George North – 9
Fantastic performance from the winger. Showed great strength and guile in his assist for Jon Davies’ second try and then capped off his performance with an effort of his own. Man of the match.
10. Rhys Priestland – 6
A performance that swung from one extreme to the other as he battled with his kicking demons. Excelled with ball in hand, particularly for Jon Davies’ first try, but had to be relieved of his kicking duties.
9. Mike Phillips – 7
A typically fiery performance from the Bayonne scrum half. Occasionally involved rather too much at the breakdown but a solid game nonetheless.
1. Rhys Gill – 7
Good performance on his first Six Nations start. Solid in the scrum and showed up in the loose too.
2. Huw Bennett – 5
Will take the brunt of the blame for Wales’ poor lineout but performed admirably in the loose. The ill-functioning lineout will stick in the mind though.
3. Adam Jones – 6
Typically reliable performance from the tight head. Ensured parity in the scrum and was his usual busy self in the loose.
4. Bradley Davies – 6
Made his presence felt as a ball carrier early on and showed great pace on one particular burst from a line-out. Should have seen red for a reckless, off-the-ball spear tackle.
5. Ian Evans – 6
Ran hard and hit each ruck with great tenacity. Formed an effective second row combination alongside Bradley Davies.
6. Ryan Jones – 7
Fantastic talismanic performance that echoed the days when he led the side. Dan Lydiate may miss the Scotland game anyway but Jones more than justified a place for next week.
7. Sam Warburton – 6
Performed well in the face of a fearsome Irish back row but failed to dominate as he did in their World Cup encounter.
8. Toby Faletau – 7
Didn’t make the sort of impact in the loose to which spectators have become accustomed, but topped his side’s tackle count and turnover count for the day.
James Hook and Justin Tipuric both had the whole second half to make an impact and performed well without impressing too much.
by Tom James