Ireland player ratings v Romania

Ireland player ratings v Romania

Ratings for all the Irish players involved in today's 44-10 victory against Romania.

Starting XV:

15 Simon Zebo: Fluffed one high ball and unlucky with disallowed try but solid throughout 7/10

Ireland player ratings v Romania

14 Tommy Bowe: Excellent return to form for the powerful Ulster wing 8/10

13 Jared Payne: Rock-solid in defence but largely untroubled in truth 7/10

12 Darren Cave: Unspectacular but did not let anyone down 6/10

Ireland player ratings v Romania

11 Keith Earls: Fine game and Ireland will hope he has no lasting effects of knock to the head 8/10

10 Ian Madigan: Led the line well enough and kicked goals well 7/10

9 Eoin Reddan: Tidy effort under little pressure 7/10

1 Cian Healy: Showed up well on first start after neck surgery 7/10

2 Richardt Strauss: Set-piece was solid all night 7/10

3 Nathan White: scrummaged well, good effort 7/10

4 Donnacha Ryan: Physical showing from the gritty Munster man 7/10

5 Devin Toner: Impressive work-rate after being told to sharpen up by head coach Schmidt 8/10

6 Jordi Murphy: Tireless back-row play from the flanker 7/10

7 Chris Henry: Niggly as ever and caused Romania problems over the ball 8/10

8 Jamie Heaslip (capt): Led the side with all the usual graft and flair 8/10

Replacements:

16 Sean Cronin (for Strauss, 60): Good cameo from the bustling hooker 7/10

17 Jack McGrath (for Healy, 54): Kept the level at the death 7/10

18 Tadhg Furlong (for White, 64): Little to do in truth 6/10

19 Paul O’Connell (for Ryan, 64): Easy run-out for the squad skipper 7/10

20 Sean O’Brien (for Heaslip, 60): Several trademark carries 7/10

21 Conor Murray (for Rob Kearney, 71): Coped easily enough out of position on the wing 7/10

22 Paddy Jackson (for Payne, 58): Kept his head as Ireland closed out victory 7/10

Ireland player ratings v Romania

23 Rob Kearney (for Earls, 50-54 HIA, 64): Took his try well but suffered a bang to the hip in the process 8/10

Shaun Cronin, head sports reporter of breakingnews.ie spoke to the Irish Examiner's rugby correspondent Simon Lewis after the game.

Video by Dan Linehan.

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