Your Player Ratings From Ireland’s Demolition Of Italy In Chicago
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Italian Job done.
Ireland made light work of Italy in Chicago last night – running in eight tries in a 54-7 win at Soldier Field to get their November series off to the perfect start.
Jordan Larmour bagged a hat-trick, while Tadhg Beirne scored a brace on his first start for Ireland. There was also tries on the night for Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose and Sean Cronin.
Here are your player ratings.
15. JORDAN LARMOUR – 9.5
Simply electric. The best step in the game right now, the 21-year-old ran absolute riot against the Italians, scoring a hat-trick of tries. His last try was out of this world.
14. ANDREW CONWAY – 8
Came off his wing well and put some clever kicks in behind. Really good game.
13. GARRY RINGROSE – 7.5
Nearly scored a wonderful try in the opening minutes after a mazing run. Really solid game.
12. BUNDEE AKI – 8
Superb in defence and made some big and important carries. Aki is becoming a really important part of Schmidt’s backline and personally – I think he’ll find it hard to drop him.
11. JACOB STOCKDALE – 7.5
Looked very impressive and full of confidence with ball in hand, making a couple of tasty breaks.
10. JOEY CARBERY – 7.5
Controlled the game well and put some lovely kicks in behind.
9. LUKE McGRATH – 7
Excellent in defence and nice quick ball all day long. Decision making at times however, could have been better.
1. JACK McGRATH – 8
Really good in the loose and no real problems at scrum time.
2. NIALL SCANNELL – 7.5
Really strong scrummaging display – an area of his game that Schmidt loves. Lineout throwing was also on point.
3. ANDREW PORTER – 8
Really powerful display from the youngster, who scrummaged very well also. Getting better every Test.
4. TADHG BEIRNE – 9
Stunning line for his second try, the Munster man was a man possessed all night. Huge chance he could end up starting against the All Blacks on the back of his performances this season.
5. QUINN ROUX – 7
Good solid game from the South Africa, he can have no complaints.
6. RHYS RUDDOCK – 8.5
Monstrous game from the captain on the night. His work-ethic was incredible.
7. JOSH VAN DER FLIER – 7
Good solid game from JDF. Tackled and carried well.
8. JACK CONAN – 8
Some monster carries. He always manages to either find or make room through even the closest of quarters. Hugely underrated player.
Replacements: Sean Cronin (7), Dave Kilcoyne (8), Finlay Bealham (6), Devin Toner (7), Jordi Murphy (7), John Cooney (7), Ross Byrne (7), Will Addison (6)