15. Rob Kearney: 6.5/10
Decent shift put in from the Leinster full back, made a few searing runs from deep, never easy to bring down in the tackle.
14. Andrew Trimble: 7/10
Another good performance from Trimble, Looks to have his wing spot almost nailed down. Looked busy and put in a quality physical performance.
13. Keith Earls: 6.5/10
Provided some creativity in the centre, defensively good, unlucky not to score from a chip and chase in the second half.
12. Paddy Wallace: 4/10
Not at the races again, only positive I can see with having him on the field is he provides a decent kicking option that you don’t normally have at 12.
11. Luke Fitzgerald: 5.5/10
Not a fantastic game by his standards, conceded 4 turnovers and only made 8 metres in running gains. Will need to improve to keep Tommy Bowe out of the 11 jersey.
10. Ronan O’Gara: 7/10
Kicked all of Ireland’s 12 points, strange decision by him and Paul O’Connell to kick for 3 points when they had France on the rack in the 2nd half rather then pin the French on their own 5 metre line.
9. Eoin Reddan: 5.5/10
Had a pretty physical game but like Tomas O’Leary last week, laboured his pass. O’Leary, Reddan and Boss should be very worried about Conor Murray.
1. Cian Healy: 6.5/10
Fantastic to watch in the loose, put in a great defensive performance too. Definite starter for the World Cup.
2. Rory Best: 4.5/10
Poor show in the line out, too many throws going astray, not completely to blame for Ireland’s line out woes, but contributed.
3. Mike Ross: 5.5/10
Decent show in the scrum despite conceding a couple of penalties, Kidney must be having nightmares about Ross getting injured, there is no alternative.
4. Donncha O’Callaghan: 5.5/10
Isn’t the same player without Paul O’Connell beside him. Wasn’t used enough in the short but had a massive game defensively, made more tackles than any other player.
5. Leo Cullen (c): 5/10
By his standards a poor performance, was calling the line out which was in disarray in the first half. Didn’t carry the ball at all while on the field.
6. Donnacha Ryan: 5.5/10
Big defence from Ryan but needs to carry the ball more, his flexibility in playing lock and back row may get him onto the plane.
7. Sean O’Brien: 7/10
Great to see O’Brien with the ball in hand, delight to watch. Huge carries and defensive performance.
8. Denis Leamy: 6/10
Put in a decent performance, popped up all over the field and made some counting tackles.
16. Jerry Flannery: 6.5/10
Made twice the amount of tackles in 20 minutes than Best made in in 60. Line out throws were perfect, found their target each time. Has to start next week.
17. Tony Buckley: 4/10
Taking a lot of flack for the scrum performance, some blame has to lie at Kidney’s feet, playing Buckley out of position at loosehead at a crucial part of the game did him no favours.
18. Paul O’Connell: 6.5/10
As soon as he steps on the field the collective performances of his team mates improved, Was the target in the line out and salvaged what was a poor line out performance.
19. Jamie Heaslip: 6.5/10
Like O’Connell, the effect of his introduction was immediate.
20. Conor Murray: 7/10
Would love to see him get 60 minutes next weekend, is a wonderful, natural passer of the ball, offers more in attack than any of his competition for the 9 jersey.
21. Fergus McFadden: 6/10
Couple of decent carries, not really on long enough to make a decent impression.
22. Felix Jones: 6.5/10
Showed plenty of confidence and class when he came on, didn’t look out of place at this level, needs more game time.