ninetyninecall – 6N:2011 Ireland player ratings v England

21 03 2011

1. Cian Healy – 7
Put in a savage performance for 80 minutes, Really stood up to the English front row and they didn’t get much change from the Irish forwards. Always busy in the loose, only negative was conceding 2 penalties.

2. Rory Best – 7
Decent day in the lineout, offered plenty in defense, His counter rucking was very effective in turning over a number of balls. His best performance of the tournament.

3. Mike Ross – 6
Decent day in the scrum, Dominated his opposite number Corbiserio, but didn’t offer much else on the day.

4. Donncha O’Calllghan – 7
Showed his usual tenacity and aggression, Managing to hold the ball-carrier and prevent him from going to ground was successful to slow ball down.

5. Paul O’Connell – 9
The last game of the 6-Nations was the first time O’Connell demonstrated that he is 100% back to his pre-injury self. Awesome display of physicality, turn overs, rolling-mauls, My man of the match.

6. Sean O’Brien – 7
Rounded off a highly successful campaign with a solid performance, Our tip to keep an eye on this player from last October came good this Spring, Watch out New Zealand!

7. David Wallace – 8
Belied his age early on, Clean breaks, beating defenders, cleaning up at the breakdown, Proved his critics wrong and showed that this 35year old has plenty left in the tank.

8. Jamie Heaslip – 8
Good performance from Heaslip, Showed great leadership on the pitch, motivated and inspired the players around him. Future Irish captain.

9. Eoin Reddan – 6
Distribution was decent, kept at a nice high-tempo, suffered from a lapse in concentration that led to the ultimate price being played, no excuses for that intercept try gifted to Thompson.

10. Jonnny Sexton – 9
Kicked the demons from the Welsh game to touch, put in an excellent performance and was delighted to see the smile on his face at the final whistle, We will head to the World Cup with two excellent out halves.

11. Andrew Trimble – 7
Was busy all over the park, brought some real muscle to the Irish defense, teamed up well with Bowe in a few double-hits.

12. Gordon D’Arcy – 7
Defense was solid as ever and discipline was top notch. Centre pairing of BOD and Darcy didn’t give an inch to their opposite numbers. D’Arcy always made it over the gain line when in possession.

13. Brian O’Driscoll – 8
What a game to claim the highest 6-Nations try scorer of all-time? Superb performance, defense and attack was flawless.

14. Tommy Bowe – 8
Another player who has returned to his best, Was involved in everything good about Ireland, only negative was the forward pass to O’Driscoll, where there was no need for it!

15. Keith Earls – 8
Even though England didn’t test his fielding abilities, he was lethal on the counter, playing full of confidence, backs himself at the right times and is a viable alternative in the fullback jersey. Selection nightmare for Kidney at fullback!


Tom Court – 4
Replaced Ross at 59′ Had a nightmare, popped up in every scrum and didn’t offer anything in the loose.
Eventually penalised for popping up at the scrum

Ronan O’Gara – 8
Replaced Sexton at 70′ BBC got it correct when they described him as the master, closed the game out by pinning England back in their own half.

Denis Leamy – 6
Replaced D Wallace at 71′ Typical hardworking performance from the Munster back row.

Sean Cronin
Replaced Best at 78′ – not on long enough to rate.

Leo Cullen
Replaced O’Connell at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.

Peter Stringer
Replaced Reddan at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.

Paddy Wallace
Replaced D’Arcy at 79′ – not on long enough to rate.

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3 responses

21 03 2011
Paul C

I would take 2 off Heaslip and give them to Reddan. I don’t think Heaslip is playing to his potential. When Ferris is back I would put Heaslip on the bench and O’Brien to 8.

21 03 2011

Typical, you scrum-halves all stick together! Heaslip had a much better game this weekend than he did against Wales, but Ferris won’t be walking into that backrow!

27 03 2011
Red Stag Rugby

Pretty decent ratings. First person I’ve seen who has given Healy more credit for the scrum than Ross. I like that I think Healy was the better prop at the time. Does it worry anyone else that Reddan has now given away two identitcal intercept passes. Is it a predicatble move?

I’ll be adding your blog to my blogroll by the way.

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