Ireland booked their place in the last eight of the Rugby World Cup with a dominant display against Samoa, here is how we rated the team.

Jordan Larmour 7

Superb jinking run and dummy for Sexton's try and got the try he deserved, hugging the whitewash to gather a superb Conor Murray try. The liveliest of Ireland's outside backs and a serious contender for the 15 shirt next week, regardless of Rob Kearney's fitness.

Keith Earls 6

Brilliant take of a Murray box kick before moving inside to the centre in Aki's absence. One very loose, forward pass before half-time but put in a shift as he always does.

Robbie Henshaw 5

Rustiness showed in early stages, dropping one simple pass. Penalised for being offside at ruck, from which came Samoa's first try. Threw wild pass over Stockdale's head that directly led to Bundee Aki's red card. Hopefully this hit out will have him firing as he will be needed next week.

Bundee Aki 1

Red card for high tackle on Ulupano Seutani brought an early end to the Connacht centre's outing against the native land of his parents. The Samoan fly-half was dipping slightly but the tackle was dangerous and too high. 

Jacob Stockdale 6

Odd for Ireland to score seven tries and the Ulster wing to not get on the scoreboard. Did nothing wrong, just did not see much of the ball.

Johnny Sexton 8

Two tries, kicked off the tee and no injuries - dream outing for Ireland's talisman. Flawless kicking early on and ran in the third try after a wonderful run by Larmour. Showed quick hands and mind in neat interchange with Larmour, shipping a heavy tackle in the process. Secured the bonus point with a determined run off a scrum.

Conor Murray 6

Loose pass to Cian Healy led to Samoa's try. Threw great pass for Larmour's try and looked more certain of himself in the second half.

Cian Healy 6

Penalised at second scrum and dropped an admittedly poor Murray pass in run-up to Samoa's first try, however he played his part in a powerful forward performance from Ireland.

Rory Best 7

Early try set up another solid World Cup performance. Solid lineout, great mauls and great scrum. Going out in style, thus far.

Tadhg Furlong 7

Unstoppable early on, dragging a handful of Samoans over the line for Ireland's second try. As dominant as any of the Irish front five.

Iain Henderson 6

Good target at lineout and put in a solid shift.

James Ryan 6

Stole Samoan lineout and worked as hard as ever. One spilled pass stood out as a rare error but not as busy as usual due to Irish possession.

Tadhg Beirne 7

Peter O'Mahony will be worried. His size, defensive work and lineout skill make him a viable blindside for either the Springboks or South Africa.

Josh van der Flier 7

Tackled his heart out, always there for a latch or a poach. His workrate is something else.

CJ Stander 8

Made his customary hard yards early on as the Samoans targeted the Irish ball carrier. Got a little more time and space in the second half and appeared to be enjoying himself, even before he crashed over for Ireland's sixth try. Has come a long way since his worth in team was being debated.


Andrew Porter for Tadhg Furlong (44 minutes) 6

Nice to win a scrum penalty with first scrum and stole a ball brilliantly in closing stages. Becoming a weapon off the bench.

Niall Scannell for Best (51 mins) 6

The 16 jersey is his now. A solid and dependable replacement hooker.

Joey Carbery for Sexton (51 mins) 6

Lively in possession. Looking to run but not quite in sync with Luke McGrath. Kicked well off the tee and made Conway's try with an excellent grubber kick.

Luke McGrath for Murray (53 mins) 4

Couple of ropey passes as Ireland piled the pressure on Samoa.

Jean Kleyn for Ryan (60 mins) 5

Almost scored a try but his power was useful as Samoa used all methods to try and stop ireland.

Dave Kilcoyne for Cian Healy (60mins) 5

Won scrum penalty with his first action. Another replacement that does not weaken the Irish pack in the slightest.

Peter O'Mahony for Beirne (60 mins) 5

Did little wrong but may be sweating over his place in back-row for quarter-final as Beirne was excellent.

Andrew Conway for Henshaw (61 mins) 6

Finished his try very well, chasing Carbery's grubber. Has been one of Ireland's standout World Cup performances.