Ireland player ratings: Mack Hansen man of the match in victorious debut

Stan Wilson

After a strong 29-7 win in Dublin, here’s how the Irish players performed in their Six Nations opener versus Wales.

15 Hugo Keenan: Marked his 17th consecutive Test start with a faultless display. The Leinsterman was safe at the back and did what was expected of him on attack and defence.  8/10

14 Andrew Conway: The Munsterman was a genuine attacking threat who produced two clinical second-half finishes to take the game away from the outclassed visitors. 8

13 Garry Ringrose: Scored arguably the try of the game and was a constant thorn in Wales’ side on attack. He ran good angles and combined well with Aki on his inside. 8

12 Bundee Aki: Justified his selection ahead of Robbie Henshaw with the first try of the Six Nations early on in the affair. A battering ram with ball in hand who tested the Welsh defence throughout with some strong carries. 8

11 Mack Hansen: Named man of the match in the stadium on a convincing start at Test level, which included an assist. The Connacht flyer kept Wales’ defence busy with some barnstorming runs. 9

10 Johnny Sexton: Although the 36-year-old squandered a couple of kicks in blustery conditions, he impressed on attack and drove the hosts on. 8

9 Jamison Gibson-Park: The Leinster scrum-half was lively throughout and kept the ball moving quickly to keep Wales constantly occupied. 7

8 Jack Conan: Continues to be a revelation since returning to the Test arena 12 months ago. Conan was a willing ball carrier, who kept Wales’ defence busy during a 53-minute shift. 8

7 Josh Van der Flier: Another hard-working afternoon for the flanker to keep his side in the ascendancy. Made his mark with some fine carries and also caught the eye on defence. 8

6 Calean Doris: Wreaked havoc almost every time he touched the ball to underline his burgeoning reputation. Worked well in tandem with Conan and Van der Flier.  8

5 James Ryan: A menace to Wales’ defence and kept the hosts on top at the line-out and also put his body on the line on defence. 8

4 Tadhg Beirne: The Munster second-row quietly goes about his business but was once again exceptional. Did well as a ball carrier and also shone in the line-outs. 8

3 Tadhg Furlong: Outstanding once again to emphasise his status as arguably the world’s finest tighthead. Apart from shining in the execution of his core duties, Furlong also defended well.  9

2 Ronan Kelleher: Part of an imposing forward pack which picked up where it left off in the autumn. Impressed with accurate throw-ins at the line-outs and was strong on defence. 8

1 Andrew Porter: Immense all afternoon, with some crucial contributions in the scrum and put in some big hits especially at close quarters. 9

Replacements: Andy Farrell’s substitutes were solid but not required to change the course of a one-sided contest. 7

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