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Player Ratings: Ireland 32-14 Scotland

Updated: Monday, 12 Mar 2012 12:29

Andrew Trimble's superb finish helped Ireland to a four-try victory
Andrew Trimble's superb finish helped Ireland to a four-try victory

1. Cian Healy: Effective carrying, though he got pinged a couple of times for holding on, and put in a serious shift in the scrum, which set Ireland up to dominate. 8.

2. Rory Best: The captain eased any nerves after missing a lineout throw by calling a move that saw the ball delivered into his hands for the opening score, though he has not hit the heights of the Rugby World Cup as an attacking force. 7.

3. Mike Ross: Did what he does as the foundation of Ireland’s dominant scrum, which was exactly what was needed as it continually took momentum away from the Scots. 8.

4. Donncha O’Callaghan: Willing as ever, though he was indisciplined at times and outshone by Ryan alongside. 5.

5. Donnacha Ryan: The Man of the Match almost made up for the loss of Paul O’Connell, which is quite an achievement in itself, with an excellent display in the lineout and as a ball carrier, one dropped ball aside. 8.

6. Stephen Ferris: Ireland’s most talented forward used his crashing hits, smart work on the deck and good hands to contribute top class play at various stages. 8.

Peter O'Mahony

7. Peter O’Mahony: Not necessarily the long term man in the seven jersey but O’Mahony’s energy, power and appetite make him a contender for a back-row place in the event of a re-shuffle. 7.

8. Jamie Heaslip: Showed initiative when tapping and going before the second try and put in a few dam-busting carries, though not as often as when at his best. 6.

9. Eoin Reddan: Ireland were at their most effective in attack with Reddan on the pitch, scoring three good tries, and he should retain the jersey next week. But the missed tackle on Gray will not help his cause in the medium term. 7.

10. Jonathan Sexton: An excellent running and passing display until shifted to outside centres as Ireland switched to a more conservative style late in the game. 8.

11. Andrew Trimble: Superb finish for his try showed off the trademark strength and determination, while his commitment in defence was highlighted by the nasty clash of heads with Jones. 7.

12. Gordon D’Arcy: Showed some tidy footwork and a decent pass or two before departing early, but can he match the impactful tackling of the England midfield next week. 6.

13. Keith Earls: Finally had some chances to show off his incredible speed and looked a danger man whenever Ireland managed to create gaps. 7.

14. Tommy Bowe: Unlucky to be denied a try – after all, he has to place the ball when tackled, and wasn’t Morrisson preventing him from releasing? Showed touches of class, though the defence was not always quite as decisive as it might have been. 6.

15. Rob Kearney: Classic mixed performance combining the by now expected individual brilliance in the air and running back with frustrating failures to connect with team-mates when opportunities presented themselves. 7.

Substitutes: With the match won, Ireland went into a holding pattern with 25 minutes to go as a raft of changes were made. Sean Cronin (6) scrummed at least as powerfully as Best. At scrum-half, Tomas O’Leary (5) tended to take a step towards Ronan O’Gara (6) before passing, who himself was mostly inclined to simply put boot to ball as Ireland switched gear.

Fergus McFadden (7) had seen a few matches pass him by when brought on previously but was determined to get in the thick of the action this time and got his reward by burrowing over for a try.