Ireland v England: Player ratings from the Six Nations clash at Twickenham

Subs were crucial to the victory for Andy Farrell's side
Ireland v England: Player ratings from the Six Nations clash at Twickenham

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony, Rob Herring and Conor Murray celebrate winning. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie


HUGO KEENAN: Exceptional energy and work-rate rewarded with his sixth international try. Strong under the high ball. 8.

ANDREW CONWAY: Struggled to influence the game from an attacking perspective but produced a stunning spiral kick to touch. 7.

GARRY RINGROSE: Made a couple of sharp breaks and put in his share of tackles. At times wasteful in possession. 6.

BUNDEE AKI: Added much-needed beef on a breathless afternoon but was relatively quiet and made limited impact. 6.

JAMES LOWE: Capitalised on oceans of space to expertly finish the opening score and had a pivotal role in the final try. 8.

JOHNNY SEXTON: Not his finest game in the green jersey. Soaked in his surroundings as he exited Twickenham for probably the last time. 7.

JAMISON GIBSON-PARK: Arguably the sharpest man on the pitch, constantly propelling Ireland forward with his quick thinking. 9.

CIAN HEALY: Struggled on his first Test start in a year as depleted England enjoyed scrum success. 5.

DAN SHEEHAN: Started magnificently on his first meaningful Test start but part of a front row which was second best. 7.

TADHG FURLONG: A tireless shift, albeit Ireland's scrum constantly malfunctioned and remains a work-on. 6.

TADHG BEIRNE: Scrapped hard on what proved to an extremely testing afternoon for the error-strewn visitors. 7.

JAMES RYAN: Forced off inside two minutes after being clattered in the head by the red-carded Charlie Ewels.

PETER O'MAHONY: Had mixed success in attempting to inspire Ireland when they were in danger of crumbling. 6.

JOSH VAN DER FLIER: Another solid showing from an increasingly influential player. Teed up Lowe's try. 7.

CAELAN DORIS: A class act and a fine sight when in full flow. Denied a first-half try by Ringrose's knock-on. 8.

Replacements: Andy Farrell was reliant on his bench to end the resistance of the heroic English, with subs Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham claiming crucial tries. 8.


FREDDIE STEWARD: The full-back's presence grew as the match reached its decisive phase. 7/10.

MAX MALINS: Unable to get involved as his pack sucked Ireland into the trenches where the odds were evened. 6.

JOE MARCHANT: Known for his attacking repertoire but it was his defence that held up to scrutiny. 7.

HENRY SLADE: Like Marchant, rolled up his sleeves to help halt the green tide with a series of tackles. 7.

JACK NOWELL: Packed down in the back row to cover for Charlie Ewels and was immense. 8.

MARCUS SMITH: Kicked his goals and managed a difficult game well, but others around him shone more. 7.

HARRY RANDALL: Among the weaker links against Ireland, but Ben Youngs hardly improved matters. 6.

ELLIS GENGE: A team-mate could be heard calling him an "animal" on the ref mic - and it was meant as a compliment. Towering performance. 8.

JAMIE GEORGE: Roared on every England mini-victory like he had won the World Cup. Outstanding. 8.

KYLE SINCKLER: Failed to reach the interval after taking a head knock, but powerful until then. 6.

MARO ITOJE: Led English resistance on both sides of the ball. The Saracens lock was everywhere. 8.

CHARLIE EWELS: Sent off after 82 seconds for a dangerous tackle and can have no complaints. 4.

COURTNEY LAWES: Rose to the occasion knowing it would take a super human effort to keep England in touch. 7.

TOM CURRY: Limped off with a hamstring injury in the first half and England missed his work-rate. 6.

SAM SIMMONDS: The pick of England's back row cut Tadhg Furlong in two with one tackle. 8.

Replacements: Most of the cavalry contributed fully, Alex Dombrandt playing far longer than he might have expected after Curry went off. Ben Youngs kicking the ball away was disappointing. 6.

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