Ireland: Six Nations player ratings

Ireland: Six Nations player ratings
Devin Toner in action. 

Jordan Larmour: Never got a chance to counterattack and picked up a knock early in second period. Replaced. 5/10.

Andrew Conway: Like Larmour, never got a chance to shine due to possession starvation. Replaced. 5.

Robbie Henshaw: Was the best of a bad lot for Ireland, got a try which Ireland get some sort of foothold in the game. 6.

Bundee Aki: Hesitant in attack. 5.

Jacob Stockdale: Hesitated with disastrous results mid-way through the first. Will probably not start against Italy. 4.

Johnny Sexton: Another player who cost Ireland points, seven from England’s first try and five for Ireland from a missed penalty and a conversion. 5.

Conor Murray: Under serious pressure to hold on to his place now. Struggled all afternoon with his kicking from hand. 5 Cian Healy: Had a poor game for the amount of his game. Limped out of the game with a hip injury. Replaced. 4.

Rob Herring: Didn’t hit his targets in the lineout or in loose play. Ronan Kelleher made a decent hand of both when he came on. 4.

Tadhg Furlong: Like the rest of the Ireland team had an off day and played second best to both his opponents. 5.

Devin Toner: Had a decent enough game and kept plugging away. Was a target in the lineout at least. 5.

James Ryan: Learned a tough lesson but will come back stronger from a lesson in second row play by George Kruis and Maro Itoje. 5.

Peter O'Mahony: A threat on the opposition throw in as always, played a huge part in Henshaw’s try. 6.

7 Josh van der Flier: Stopped Itoje from scoring a third try for England. Tried hard in a back-row that was on the back foot.

CJ Stander: Lost his shirt to the England pack quite literally and dragged his coach’s son along on his leg. 6.

SUBS: Dave Kilcoyne: Put in a decent shift when he came on for Healy, helped turn the tide in the second half, 6.

John Cooney: Came on for Murray behind a struggling scrum. Other than hesitation for an Elliot Daly attack, did well. 5.

Andrew Porter: Outshone his Leinster team-mate when he came on but it was against a tiring England side. 6.

Ronan Kelleher: Deserves a start against Italy. Herring has failed to put his stamp on this Irish team so far. 5.

Ultan Dillane: Did well. 5.

Caelan Doris: Showed enough while he was on to start against Italy. But who to leave out will be the big question. 6.

Keith Earls: Did enough to be included next time out against Italy with two good breaks. 6.

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