Player head-to-heads from Scotland v Ireland

Date published: February 9 2019

Following a 22-13 win for Ireland over Scotland in the Six Nations, we take a look at who won the player head-to-heads in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Blair Kinghorn (Scotland) v Rob Kearney (Ireland): The Edinburgh full-back came on for Stuart Hogg early in the game and was very dangerous in the first half, but he faded after the break as Ireland gained control. Meanwhile, the Irishman was solid before coming more into the game in the second period as an attacking threat, helping him edge this tussle. Winner: Rob Kearney

Tommy Seymour (Scotland) v Jacob Stockdale (Ireland): It has been far more difficult for the Ulster player in this year’s competition but he can still produce decisive moments in games. He helped create the first try with a chip over the top before being on the receiving end of an excellent move to cross the whitewash. Seymour, on the other hand, did little of note apart from help the visitors score the opener following a poor pass to Sean Maitland. Winner: Jacob Stockdale

Huw Jones (Scotland) v Chris Farrell (Ireland): Scotland’s centre showed some nice touches early on but was otherwise pretty anonymous and missed three of eight tackles. Jones ultimately came up against a solid wall in Farrell, who was good defensively and carried well in traffic. Winner: Chris Farrell

Sam Johnson (Scotland) v Bundee Aki (Ireland): Johnson was probably Scotland’s best back and is a calming presence in that midfield. Doesn’t have the athleticism or power of Aki but has a good rugby brain and often takes the right decision. Showed good awareness to latch onto Finn Russell’s break for the try and just takes the duel ahead of his opponent, who was typically physical in both attack and defence. Winner: Sam Johnson

Sean Maitland (Scotland) v Keith Earls (Ireland): Tough one this as neither did too much but Maitland was certainly the busier and at least tried to make a mark on the game. Wasn’t really at fault for the first Ireland score as Seymour shouldn’t have passed the ball and, although Earls scored a try, the hosts’ wing did more. The Munster player gets credit for his cover tackle on Russell, despite failing to stop the try, but also missed three other attempts. Winner: Sean Maitland

Finn Russell (Scotland) v Joey Carbery (Ireland): Another tight battle with Russell getting the battle of his opposite number in the first half, intercepting Carbery’s poor pass and scampering clear, but he faltered after the break. It wasn’t necessarily his fault as the forwards failed to provide a platform but the visiting pivot took command in the second period and created the decisive third try. Winner: Joey Carbery

Greig Laidlaw (Scotland) v Conor Murray (Ireland): Much better from Murray, who dictated the play far better than the previous week. There were still a couple of passes that went astray but he marshalled his forwards well and comfortably won the kicking battle in the second half. Laidlaw kicked his goals and was solid but failed to wrestle control when it was going awry following the interval. Winner: Conor Murray

Josh Strauss (Scotland) v Jack Conan (Ireland): The industrious Strauss offered plenty as an option in attack, making a team high 17 carries in a losing cause at Murrayfield. Conan, meanwhile, struggled to have the same impact as he has in previous Tests and will feel he possibly missed a chance to nail down a Rugby World Cup plane ticket. Winner: Josh Strauss

Jamie Ritchie (Scotland) v Sean O’Brien (Ireland): Got the start ahead of Josh van der Flier this weekend, O’Brien was a willing carrier throughout and grew into the game more and more as it wore on. Ritchie was busy but loses out here with O’Brien’s 16 carries seeing him take this spot. Winner: Sean O’Brien

Ryan Wilson (Scotland) v Peter O’Mahony (Ireland): A fired-up man-of-the-match performance from O’Mahony, who was clearly reeling after that defeat to England last week. He showed a box of tricks, including a nice grubber as he sees off Wilson, who was replaced at half-time. Winner: Peter O’Mahony

Jonny Gray (Scotland) v Quinn Roux (Ireland): Roux came in and organised the line-out well with a 100 percent record set to please the lock and his coaches. However, we felt Gray offered more especially defensively as he finished with an impressive 25 hits. Winner: Jonny Gray

Grant Gilchrist (Scotland) v James Ryan (Ireland): Gilchrist started the game in impressive style with typical carries but as the game wore on Ryan put his stamp on the game with a workmanlike shift that saw him enjoy plenty of ball. Winner: James Ryan

Simon Berghan (Scotland) v Cian Healy (Ireland): Healy was busy in the loose and also solid at scrum time until being replaced just before the hour mark. He had done enough though to get the better of Berghan, with Scotland missing WP Nel’s presence. Winner: Cian Healy

Stuart McInally (Scotland) v Rory Best (Ireland): McInally impressed as a carrier and put in a crucial tackle in defence on 48 minutes to force a turnover in Scotland’s 22 when Ireland were pressing. Overall he got the better of Best, who was solid if not spectacular. Winner: Stuart McInally

Allan Dell (Scotland) v Tadhg Furlong (Ireland): Much like last week Furlong struggled to make the same inroads he is renowned for, but he didn’t let that stop him trying. Dell, meanwhile, will be upset to miss that Carbery tackle that led to Earls going over. Winner: Tadhg Furlong

by Colin Newboult and Adam Kyriacou