France v Ireland – Ireland player ratings

15 08 2011

France v Ireland – Ireland player ratings

Rob Kearney – 6.5
Decent shift put in from the Leinster fullback, made a few searing runs from deep, never easy to bring down in the tackle.
Andrew Trimble – 7
Another good performance from Trimble, Looks to have his wing spot almost nailed down. Looked busy and put in a quality physical performance.
Keith Earls – 6.5
Provided some creativity in the center, defensively good, unlucky not to score from a chip and chase in the second half.
Paddy Wallace – 4
Not at the races again, only positive I can see with having him on the field is he provides a decent kicking option that you don’t normally have at 12.
Luke Fitzgerald – 5.5
Not a fantastic game by his standards, conceded 4 turnovers and only made 8 meter running gains. Will need to improve to keep Tommy Bowe out of the 11 jersey.
Ronan O’Gara – 7
Kicked all of Ireland’s 12 points, strange decision by him and Paul O’Connell to kick for 3 points when they had France on the rack in the 2nd half rather then pin the French on their own 5M line.
Eoin Reddan – 5.5
Had a pretty physical game but like Tomas O’Leary last week, labored his pass. O’Leary, Reddan and Boss should be very worried about Conor Murray.
Cian Healy – 6.5
Fantastic to watch in the loose, put in a great defensive performance also, Definite starter for the World Cup.
Rory Best – 4.5
Poor show in the lineout, too many throws going astray, not completely to blame for Ireland’s lineout woes, but contributed.
Mike Ross – 5.5
Decent show in the scrum despite conceding a couple of penalties, Kidney must be having nightmares about Ross getting injured, there is no alternative.
Donncha O’Callaghan – 5.5
Isn’t the same player without Paul O’Connell beside him. Wasn’t used enough in the short, Massive game defensively, made more tackles than any other player.
Leo Cullen (c) – 5
By his standards a poor performance, was calling the lineout which was in disarray in the first half. Didn’t carry the ball at all while on the field.
Donnacha Ryan – 5.5
Big defence from Ryan but needs to carry the ball more, his flexibility in playing lock and backrow may get him onto the plane.
Sean O’Brien – 7
Great to see O’Brien with ball-in-hand, delight to watch. Huge carries and defensive performance.
Denis Leamy – 6
Put in a decent performance, popped up all over the field and made some counting tackles.

Replacements:
Jerry Flannery – 6.5
Made twice the amount of tackles in 20mins than Best made in in 60. Lineout throws were perfect, found their target each time. Has to start next week.
Tony Buckley – 4
Taking alot of flack for the scrum performance, some blame has to lie at Kidneys feet, playing Buckley out of position at loosehead at a crucial part of the game did him no favors.
Paul O’Connell – 6.5
As soon as he steps on the field the collective performances of his teammates improved, Was the target in the lineout and salvaged what was a poor lineout performance.
Jamie Heaslip – 6.5
Like O’Connell, the effect of his introduction was immediate.
Conor Murray – 7
Would love to see him get 60 minutes next weekend, is a wonderful, natural passer of the ball, offers more in attack than any of his competition for the 9 jersey.
Fergus McFadden – 6
Couple of decent carries, not really on long enough to make a decent impression.
Felix Jones – 6.5
Showed plenty of confidence and class when he came on, didn’t look out of place at this level, needs more gametime.

Original article written for therugbyblog.co.uk

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15 08 2011
JL Pagano (@HarpinOnRugby)

Going to show your assessment of the POC/ROG decision to the missus. She assumed my screaming at the telly was down to their being from Munster!!!!

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