Your Player Ratings As Ireland Clinch Series Over Australia In Sydney

It’s coming home.

The Landsdowne Cup is coming home to Ireland after Joe Schmidt’s men secured a huge 20-16 series victory over Australia this morning at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

It was a bruising Test match, with both sides leaving everything they had on the pitch. But there could only be one winner and that was Ireland, who in truth – probably just about deserved it over all across the three games.

Anyway… here are your player ratings.

Rob Kearney – 5

One-dimensional in attack and made no attempt to tackle for Australia’s second-half try. A shocker.

Keith Earls – 8

Saved Kearney’s bacon on several occasions.  Solid shift.

Robbie Henshaw – 7

Is he a Test thirteen? Probably not. Much better at 12. Slipping off tackles again.

Bundee Aki – 8.5

Couple of excellent turnovers. A really solid shift from Aki. Incredible defensively.

Jacob Stockdale – 6

Couple of good line-breaks, but not great in defence at times.

Johnny Sexton – 7

Not one of his best games, but steadied the ship and kicked some valuable scores.

Conor Murray – 8

Kicked well and controlled proceedings.

Jack McGrath – 7

Solid shift but didn’t do enough to overtake Healy in the long-term.

Niall Scannell – 7.5

His throw for Stander’s try was sumptuous. Some excellent work in the loose too.

Tadhg Furlong – 7.5

Some big carries but scrum wasn’t as steady as normal

Devin Toner – 7.5

Made some very import restart catches and was effective once again in the latch.

James Ryan – 8

Tackled like a mad man and carried really well.

CJ Stander – 9

13 tackles and umpteen carries. Back to his best. Some monstrous yards.

Peter O’Mahony – 7

Only lasted 30+ minutes after a nasty collision in the air. Good shift from the captain up until then.

Jack Conan – 8

Some incredible work in defence and carried very well.


Jordi Murphy (for O’Mahony 29) – 7.5

Cian Healy (for McGrath ’56) – 6.5

Rob Herring (for Scannell ’56) – 6.5

Jordan Larmour (for Kearney ’58) – 7.5

John Ryan (for Furlong ’67) – 6

Tadhg Beirne (for Conan ’69) – 6

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