England recorded just their third win in Dublin since the turn of the millennium as Ireland's bid for back-to-back Grand Slams fell at the first hurdle.

On a cold but crisp evening in Dublin, Eddie Jones' side made a statement of intent as they outscored the hosts four tries to two at the Aviva Stadium with a dominant second-half performance.

Here is how we rated the men in green.

15 Robbie Henshaw  6.5/10

2,064 days from his only previous experience of starting a Test match at full-back – on his debut in fact – Robbie Henshaw was offered a sterner examination of his abilities at 15 than that particular afternoon in Texas five years ago.

Delivered the level of performance we have come to expect from the Leinster man, who looked to run the ball back more often than not. With little game time - he has only played 62 minutes since November - and competitive action at 15 under his belt, positional rustiness was to be expected. 

14 Keith Earls  6/10

A poor early read in the second minute was very much out of character and allowed the overlap for Jonny May's try. Recovered well in a physically taxing opening 40 minutes where Tommy Curry was binned for a late hit on the winger, while Maro Itoje was most fortunate not to follow suit after taking a knee to the ribs in an aerial challenge from the England lock.

Clearly targeted for England bombs, the Munster man was tested defensively both aerially and on the ground, while never got a sniff of adding to his tally of 27 international tries before departing at the interval.

13 Garry Ringrose  8.5/10

Celebrated his 24th birthday last week, but looks like a seasoned campaigner in midfield. A 20th minute kick-through was one of the few first-half occasions where England looked defensively unsure, and is never wasteful in possession.

A massive tackle on Owen Farrell in the Irish 22 early in the second half had the crowd on their feet and beat more defenders (6) than anyone else on the pitch and more carries (14) than any other back on display.

Not insignificant that the final two tries came after the defensive cog had departed the field of play.

12 Bundee Aki  7/10

The centre joked this week that he "stayed away" from opposite number Manu Tuilagi the last time they crossed paths on the pitch, 12 years ago in a colleges game, but there was no avoiding the English midfielder today.

Heavily involved defensively early doors and was always alive to his opposite number getting possession.

11 Jacob Stockdale  6/10

After last year's try-scoring exploits, his major involvement behind the posts was at the wrong end of the pitch from an Irish perspective. Elliot Daly's's grubber behind bounced awkwardly and couldn't quite gather before Jack Nowell put him under pressure with Daly profiting for the second try.

The Ulster winger was always a dangerous outlet, particularly in the first-half, where he carried for 63 metres. Tellingly, only 11 more came after the break.

10 Johnny Sexton  6/10

A first game in five weeks for the out-half and he struggled to prize open a ravenous English defence. Murray's box-kicking took some of the pressure off and as is his wont, carried the ball repeatedly into contact.

A let-off on the hour mark when he coughed up just Ireland's second penalty for hands in the ruck, but Farrell couldn't extend the English advantage.

The World Player of the Year was hunted throughout, legally, by the English backrow and a late, forced pass snaffled up by Henry Slade sealed a bad day at the office all round.

9 Conor Murray  7/10

One of only two changes from the side that defeated New Zealand and quickly implemented his noted box-kicking game. 

Like his half-back partner, his day was spent mainly on the backfoot and looking to gain advantage with aerial kicks. 

1 Cian Healy 7.5/10

With Dave Kilcoyne on the replacements bench ahead of Jack McGrath, the 31-year-old has further cemented his place as number one choice loosehead prop. A try was rewards for a powerful forwards effort and was comfortable against Kyle Sinckler in the scrum. 

2 Rory Best  6/10

A 13th appearance against England proved to be an unlucky one for the 36-year-old. A big call not to take a kickable penalty when trailing 7-3, but reaped the rewards when Cian Healy burrowed over minutes later.

A crooked throw in the 38th minute was punished by three points on the scoreboard, but it was close to being much worse as Mako Vunipola looked like he had crossed the whitewash.

Best was the only member of the squad born the last time Ireland overturned a halftime deficit to beat England in a Five/Six Nations game back in 1983 and it never looked likely to happen as England kept up the pressure after the break.

3 Tadhg Furlong  6.5/10

The heaviest man in the Irish match-day squad put his 126kg of considerable bulk to good use with some big tackles to halt English momentum, while also looked to punch holes with a direct approach.

A measure of the Irish discipline was illustrated by the fact that the penalty given away by Furlong in first-half additional time was the only one conceded by Ireland in the opening 40 minutes and Ireland conceded just four in total.

4 Devin Toner  6/10

Less conspicuous around the field than his second row partner, but the lock's craft is honed around the set-piece. With Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson already unavailable, the sight of Toner walking off in discomfort was not what the Irish management team wanted to see.

5 James Ryan  7.5/10

Only his second time facing the old enemy and was a selfless carrier as Ireland looked to grind out some hard yards. Huge work in clearing out English defenders in the ruck and made 14 carries by time Jerome Garces blew the full-time whistle.

6 Peter O'Mahony  6.5/10

No Irish starter has played more provincial minutes (945) than Peter O'Mahony and yet again the flanker led from the front.

Always a lineout option for Best and put Jamie George under pressure on the England throw.

7 Josh van der Flier  8/10

Flung himself at everything that moved in white and was Ireland's top tackler (17) along with CJ Stander. Made his debut in this fixture three years ago and excels against the Red Rose.

8 CJ Stander  7/10

Every time the number 8 received the ball he was gobbled up by a wall of white as they desperately sought to halt the rampaging South African before he got up ahead of steam.

On the other side of the ball, finished with 17 tackles before being replaced by Seán O'Brien. 


16 Seán Cronin for Best (65 mins) 6/10

In sensational try-scoring form for Leinster, the hooker had little time to make a serious impression.

17 Dave Kilcoyne  for Healy (62 mins) 6.5/10

Getting on bench, rather than the pitch itself was probably the bigger achievement. For now at least, has edged ahead Jack McGrath in the battle to wrestle the number one jersey off Cian Healy

18 Andrew Porter for Furlong (62 mins) 6/10

The powerhouse prop went down in the first scrum that led to England's third try. The penalty coughed up will be highlighted in the video analysis. A difficult cameo.

19 Quinn Roux for Toner (57 mins) 6.5/10

Just his third appearance in the Six Nations and the Connacht lock is well suited to a defensive shift. 

20 Seán O'Brien for Stander (65 mins)  6/10

His first taste of action in the tournament since victory over England in 2017. With only 56 minutes of rugby under his belt since November, was itching to get involved immediately. Little opportunity to carry as England dominated proceedings.

21 John Cooney for Murray (76 mins) 7/10

His fifth cap represented his first taste of Six Nations action and put a gloss on the scoreline with a consolation try at the death.

22 Joey Carbery for Ringrose (72 mins)  6/10

Was insistent this week that he is ready to challenge Johnny Sexton for the number 10 jersey, not just simply as back-up. Slotted into full-back in his short time on the pitch, with Henshaw moving back to centre for the final seven minutes

23 Jordan Larmour for Earls (half-time) 6/10 

Johnny Sexton immediately tried to bring the winger into the action after the break with a couple of cross-field kicks, but to no avail. The 21-year-old is seven years shy of the average age of the match-day squad and this was a learning curve for a player who has had very few setbacks in his professional career.