Player Ratings As Ireland Edge Past Scotland In Close-Fought Six Nations Battle
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Ireland opened up their 2020 Six Nations account with a hard-fought 19-12 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
New boss Andy Farrell will be delighted to have gotten off to a winning start with the men in green showing some great character, particularly in defence, to hold Scotland out in the end.
Captain Johnny Sexton bagged the only try of the game thanks to lovely pre-planned move but Scotland captain Stuart Hogg will be devasted with his horror knock-on that cost Scotland a try of their own.
Here are your player ratings.
15. Jordan Larmour – 7
Always looked to attack and made some excellent linebreaks. Made a huge interception too when Scotland looked certain to score.
14. Andrew Conway – 7
Won an important penalty late in the second half and looked solid.
13. Garry Ringrose – 6
Had a good first-half but was forced off and replaced by Henshaw at the break.
12. Bundee Aki – 7
Looked to play the ball and beat the first defender every time.
11. Jacob Stockdale – 6
Caught a few times in defence but threatened at times.
10. Johnny Sexton (captain) – 7
Scored a great try and kicked well. Not his best game but has missed several weeks.
9. Conor Murray – 6
Started the game well and looked lively but faded away.
1. Cian Healy – 5
Forced to come back on just minutes after being taken off following a nasty bang to the head on Kilcoyne. Needed to stay off.
2. Rob Herring – 6
Lineouts were solid. A good showing.
3. Tadhg Furlong – 8
Carried well and looked full of energy even in the last quarter.
4. Iain Henderson – 7
5. James Ryan – 7
This man can’t have a bad came. Solid throughout.
6. CJ Stander – 9
Made some absolutely massive turnovers. Deserved man of the match
7. Josh van der Flier – 7
Didn’t offer much in attack but is a tackling machine in defence.
8. Caelan Doris – N/A
Subbed off after 5 mins following a clash of heads.
Replacements – 7
Henshaw played well and Cooney made some big tackles when he came on. Toner looked solid in the lineout and O’Mahony looked much improved.
16. Ronan Kelleher
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Devin Toner
20. Peter O’Mahony
21. John Cooney
22. Ross Byrne
23. Robbie Henshaw