Leinster player ratings: All-Ireland front-row dominate as Jamison Gibson-Park shows his class but it ends in heartbreak

Colin Newboult
Jamison Gibson-Park in action for Leinster against Toulouse in the 2024 Champions Cup final.

Jamison Gibson-Park in action for Leinster against Toulouse in the 2024 Champions Cup final.

Following a 31-22 defeat to Toulouse in the Investec Champions Cup final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, here are the player ratings for Leinster.

Leinster player ratings

15 Hugo Keenan: Not his greatest day by any means. A couple of errors in extra-time were costly as Toulouse’s mentality got them through. 5

14 Jordan Larmour: Quite remarkable tackle on Matthis Lebel to deny what could have been the match-winning try in normal time, but he did get in a muddle for Lebel’s score. However, he impressed with his kick-chase work and, on this evidence, is putting himself back in Ireland contention. 7

13 Robbie Henshaw: Physical as usual, led the defence well and a threat in the carry, but it was not quite enough for Leinster. 7

12 Jamie Osborne: Some nice touches and he did his job defensively, but the talented youngster was pretty well shackled. 6

Costly yellow

11 James Lowe: His yellow card was the decisive moment. Brutal call in some respects as it was just instinctive, but it was the correct decision. Unfortunate for Lowe, who was otherwise good. 6

10 Ross Byrne: He just doesn’t have the command of the backline that Johnny Sexton did, and that lack of creativity cost them. His kicking to touch was poor too. 4

9 Jamison Gibson-Park: Like Antoine Dupont, he struggled to get quick ball due to the pressure exerted at the contact area, but he did incredibly well considering. His kicking was absolutely outstanding. 8

Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

8 Caelan Doris (c): A superb display, despite the defeat. Was Leinster’s best carrier, making it over the gain line in traffic, while he was also excellent at the breakdown. A shame about the late brain fade. 8

7 Will Connors: Did his job well defensively, chopping down the big Toulouse units before being replaced early in the second period. 6

6 Ryan Baird: Charges around the field and managed to make a couple of significant interventions to get his side on the front foot. 7

5 Jason Jenkins: Did some good things in the first half but only lasted 40 minutes after picking up an injury. 6

4 Joe McCarthy: Some typically bruising carries as he often gave them front foot ball. Did his bit in the lineout and in defence, but couldn’t quite get Leinster over the line. 7

Scrum dominance

3 Tadhg Furlong: Quiet in the loose but excellent in the set-piece, consistently putting Cyril Baille under pressure as they controlled the scrum battle. 7

2 Dan Sheehan: Almost scored a brilliant try after he stole the ball from Dupont and he was a consistent presence in the loose after that. Lineout was generally solid, despite a couple of poor throws, while he scrummaged well. 8

1 Andrew Porter: Had dominance in the scrum all game, against both Dorian Aldegheri and Joël Merkler, and was also prominent in the loose. Tireless. 8

Replacements: Josh van der Flier and James Ryan, as you would expect, added impetus but the rest struggled to make an impact. 5

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