Scotland v Ireland player ratings

10 08 2011

Tom Court – 6.0
Decent performance, didn’t make any howling mistakes to jeopardise his place on the plane to new Zealand. Will travel for his ability to cover both sides of the scrum.

Sean Cronin – 6.5
Made some lovely breaks with the ball in had, line-outs were under pressure throughout but his throwing seemed to be fine, if a little slow. Looks to be a certainty to travel.

Tony Buckley – 7.0
Excelled at the breakdown, made a couple of nice steals. Was busy defensively. If only his scrummaging could improve as much as his loose-play! Will travel as a replacement prop.

Donnacha Ryan – 6.5

Performed well in the lineout and showed amazing aggression and tenacity in defense. Will probably trave to NZ as he can provide back-row cover.

Leo Cullen – 6.5
Marshaled his pack well, did well at the lineout. At this stage its unclear whether his will ever displace Donnacha O’Callaghan, but so far we know that we have a decent vice-captain in Paul O’Connell’s absence.

Mike McCarthy – 6.0
Did well for his first cap, looked busy in defense but I don’t think will travel to new Zealand, back-row competition is cut-throat and don’t think McCarthey did enough to warrant a place on the plane.

Niall Ronan – 5.5
Looked out of his depth at this level, will not make the final squad. Doesn’t have the ball-carrying abilities or physicality required for international rugby.

Denis Leamy – 6.5
Defensive work was excellent but didn’t see enough of Leamy in attack. Some huge tackles put in and the highlight of the match for me when Leamy and Buckley carried one of the Scottish backs 6 meters back in a tackle.

Tomas O’Leary – 6.5
Not a bad performance for a player who hasn’t played at the level in such a long time. Although the pass seemed laboured at times, made up for it in defense when he made some crucial tackles.

Jonathan Sexton – 7.0
Decent, professional shift put in by Sexton, Mixed his game well. Will travel as number one outhalf.

Luke Fitzgerald – 7.0
Good return to the green jersey for Fitzgerald, looked dangerous in attack, Glad to see his has regained his mojo which was missing for a long time.

Paddy Wallace – 5.0
I went into this game with an open mind but still can’t find anything positive to say for Wallace. Was targetted by the Scots attack and did not pass with flying colours. Lacked imagination going forward and didn’t distribute the ball well.

Fergus McFadden – 6.5
Busy afternoon for Fergus, popped up all over the field, both in defense and attack. Ireland can afford to lose one of their first-team centers but demonstrated that to lose both could be disastrous.

Andrew Trimble – 7.5
My man of the match, was extremely involved in everything that was good by the Irish backline. Always looking for work and showed some excellent physicality. Could he be considered as a replacement 12? Possibly.

Rob Kearney – 6.5
Put in a splendid performance on his return to international rugby. Confident and safe under the high ball. Didn’t offer as much as usual in attack but plenty of time to work on that. Number 15 jersey should no longer be a worry for Kidney.

Flannery – Came through with flying colours, should have done enough to warrant a start next weekend.
Horan – Difficult to know if Marcus will make the final squad, deserves more game time to show what he can still do.
Hayes – The Munster veteran put in a solid 20minutes, Will almost definitely travel to NZ as a replacement prop.
O’Driscoll – Unlikely to make the traveling squad
McLaughlin – Decent performance, another player that needs some big performances to assure his place on the plane.
Boss – Didn’t offer a whole pile different from O’Leary,
Jones – Decent first cap for Jones, looked full of life and confidence, did enough to deserve more game time.

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