How the Irish players rated in this weekend's Champions Cup action

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How the Irish players rated in this weekend's Champions Cup action

8: ULTANE DILLANE:

A strong 80 minutes. Lorded line-outs, solid in defence, and involved in go-forward attacks.

7: ROBBIE HENSHAW (pictured above):

Played the full 80 in his first game back since Connacht’s win over Munster. Passing, link play, and defence as solid as always.

8: KIERAN MARMION:

Man of the Match. Played 57 minutes. Back to his sniping best, and controlled the game well.

7: NATHAN WHITE:

Played 53 minutes - solid performance in a dominant scrum.

LEINSTER

5: SEAN CRONIN:

heavily involved but blew good opportunity at 7-5.

5: JAMIE HEASLIP:

Couldn’t have his usual impact on a game.

4: JACK MCGRATH:

Tough afternoon against a dominant Wasps pack.

5: MARTIN MOORE:

Decent first half but faded after the break.

4: RHYS RUDDOCK:

First start at second row and one to forget.

4: RICHARDT STRAUSS:

Replaced Cronin with 20 minutes to go but little impact.

4: DEVIN TONER:

Played second fiddle to opposite number Joe Launchbury.

6: JOSH VAN DER FLIER: Replace Jordi Murphy at half-time and continued recent good form.

MUNSTER

6: JAMES CRONIN:

Making his comeback from an ankle ligament injury off the bench, he looked strong in the loose but had little chance to impress at scrum-time.

7: KEITH EARLS:

Put his hand up for Test selection with another sharp display, looking particularly good under the high ball.

8: CONOR MURRAY:

Looked back to his best as he drove his pack and caused problems for Treviso’s defence, grabbing his side’s third try with another opportunist break.

7: TOMMY O’DONNELL:

Continued a fine comeback from an horrific hip dislocation that caused him to miss the World Cup. Plenty of breakdown work and strong in the carry.

7: DONNACHA RYAN:

Returned to the starting line-up following his comeback from a knee injury and was solid at lock, typically abrasive in contact.

6: CJ STANDER:

Withdrawn in the 54th minute in order to manage his minutes after a tireless run of performances, he had led from the from the front and carried strongly.

6: SIMON ZEBO:

Was chasing Munster’s outright try scoring record but failed to edge past Anthony Horgan with his 42nd on a day little came off for him.

ULSTER

6: RORY BEST:

His late cameo brought the crowd it is feet. Enjoyed the handling and passing in the open spaces.

7: DARREN CAVE:

Marked his return from injury with a try, and his strong, direct running and determinedly precise interplay in midfield showed he’s back to his best.

7: ROB HERRING:

The stand-in skipper gave another lung-bursting performance and led by example.

9: PADDY JACKSON:

The out-half grows in stature with every game, and his line-breaks, timing of the pass and flawless kicking made for a complete display.

8: LUKE MARSHALL:

Another eye-catching, creative performance at centre, organising the line of attack while his pace and speed of hand and thought totally baffled the French.

7: JARED PAYNE:

Typically intelligent in attack and defence, always a threat with deft distribution and his eye for space.

6: ANDREW TRIMBLE:

He was given little of the sweeping possession Ulster won. However, he went hunting for work in the loose.

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