Ireland player ratings: Polished from top to bottom in Scotland demolition job

Dylan Coetzee
Ireland players celebrate a try against Scotland.

Ireland players celebrate a try against Scotland.

Following Ireland’s dominant 36-14 win over Scotland in their final Rugby World Cup pool match, here are the winner’s player ratings.

Quality outings

15 Hugo Keenan: A brace of tries in what was a brilliant performance. He rarely makes mistakes and covers the backfield so intelligently. A very enjoyable player to watch at the moment. 8

14 Mack Hansen: He had a simple try assist to his wing partner James Lowe early on before coming off injured after 21 minutes. N/A

13 Garry Ringrose: Our player of the match and one who was heavily involved in several tries on the night including one of his own and a try assist. Truly magnificent from a centre who lit up the game tonight. 9

12 Bundee Aki: Carrying machine! The centre battered his way up the midfield the whole evening and a clever offload led to one of the Irish tries. Managed to get 12 tackles in while he was at it. 7

11 James Lowe: The wing scored the opening try of the game and was looking great in every aspect including his monster left boot but was forced off the field soon after the break. 6

10 Jonathan Sexton: Another assured performance from the veteran who was the gel for all the beautiful strike plays coming from Ireland. Sexton was taken off early in the second period as the job was already done. 7

9 Jamison Gibson-Park: Sexton may be the gel but Gibson-Park is the heartbeat of this side. He controls the pace of the game so well from the base, picks great options with his passes and rarely makes an error. The official man of the match on the day after spending the second half on the wing where he bagged a try assist. A master. 9

Work rate

8 Caelan Doris: Made a great steal at the breakdown early on to stunt Scottish pressure and was hugely busy otherwise, making a ridiculous 22 tackles. His work rate was one of the building blocks of the Irish performance this evening. 8

7 Josh van der Flier: Typically hard-working as well making 21 tackles on the night whilst also getting some carries in. The bright red scrum cap seemed to be absolutely everywhere. 8

6 Peter O’Mahony: A neat evening on his milestone night but one that ended early in the second half as he was put in cotton wool. Managed seven tackles at 100% whilst also operating beautifully in the line-out. 7

5 Iain Henderson: The second-row managed to get in on the try-scoring action as fair reward for an industrious evening that also included an impressive 14 tackles. 8

4 Tadhg Beirne: Like his lock partner, Beirne was busy throughout and made a large number of positive contributions including 13 tackles in a sound effort. 7

3 Tadhg Furlong: Got one against him in the scrum before doubling down and righting the ship in that regard. Always manages to get through an impressive defensive load as he did again with 11 tackles. Snuck in five carries with ball in hand as well. 7

2 Dan Sheehan: A poster boy for the mould of a modern hooker and proved it again tonight with a complete all-round performance with a try, a boatload of tackles and pinpoint line-out throwing. 8

1 Andrew Porter: Very similar to Furlong in how he scrummed well and got stuck in on defence with a lot of tackles. He is becoming increasingly important to the Irish cause. 7

Replacements: Whilst Jack Crowley produced a banging try assist with a great cross-kick it is fair to say the intensity fell off a bit when all the changes had been made. 6

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