Player Ratings: Wales v Ireland

Player Ratings: Wales v Ireland
A historic day for Wales as Warren Gatland won his third Grand Slam. The fantastic win over Ireland saw them lift the Triple Crown, the Six Nations trophy and claim a Grand Slam.
 
 
 
Here are our player ratings from the clash.
 
 
 

Wales


1. Rob Evans - 7
 
Dominant at scrum time. Carried well and put himself about the park.
 
 
 
2. Ken Owens - 8
 
Wales' line-out has been their only weak point this 6 Nations but Owens was superb at the set piece today.
 
 
 
3. Tomas Francis - 7
 
Played a big part in the dominant Welsh scrum.
 
 
 
4. Adam Beard - 7
 
Good effort today. Managed to secure a crucial turnover and tackled well.
 
 
 
 
5. Alun-Wyn Jones - 9
 
Jones' performance epitomised the Welsh campaign. Excellent in the defence side of the game and showed great power going forward.
 
 


 
 
6. Josh Navidi - 8
 
Superb work rate. 20 tackles and none missed.
 
 
 
7. Justin Tipuric - 8
 
Clever work at the breakdown to halt Ireland all day.
 
 
 
8. Ross Moriarty - 7
 
Worked hard for his teams Grandslam victory today.
 
 
 
9. Gareth Davies - 6
 
Bit overeager in a passion-filled game. Still a solid performance.
 
 
 
10. Gareth Anscombe - 10
 
Top marks for Anscombe today. Dealt with the early tatical change in his stride, composed performance and 100% off the tee.
 
 
 
 
11. Josh Adams - 7
 
Showed great gas in the second half to make a break but was unlucky to be hauled down.
 
 
 
 
12. Hadleigh Parkes - 8
 
Scored the early try to stick Wales into the lead, good in defence.
 
 
 
13. Jonathan Davies - 6
 
Quiet performance as he didn't have much to do, made his tackles and made a nice clearance kick.
 
 
 
14. George North - N/A
 
Forced off early with injury.
 
15. Liam Williams - 6
 
Shifted to the wing early and on a wet day didn't have much to do.
 
 
 


 
 
Ireland
 
 
Cian Healy - 7

Struggled at scrum time and gave away a couple of penalties as the Ireland forward pack struggled to get any momentum on the gain line.
 


Rory Best - 6

Very inaccurate at lineout time as the Irish set piece failed to deliver.
 




Tadhg Furlong - 6

High work rate throughout with a series of big carries but failed to anchor a weak Irish scrum
 


Tadhg Beirne - 5

Provided a crucial turnover in the first half and impressed in his first Six Nations start despite the result

 
James Ryan - 6

One of Ireland’s main ball carrier on the day but unable to stamp his authority on the advantage line
 


Peter O’ Mahony - 6

He struggled to make any impact on the game despite being one of Ireland main threats at the breakdown

 
 
Sean O’ Brien - 6

Made five carries and was one of Ireland’s main tacklers on the day. Has still only beaten Wales once in his Test career.
 
 
 

CJ Stander - 6

Incredible for Ireland in terms of his carrying ability. Led the stats with 16 carries but a lot of those were of minimal gain.

 
 
 
Conor Murray - 5

Struggled to get any clean ball to put Ireland in the right positions. Few poor box kicks and an overall average display.
 


Jonathan Sexton - 5

Didn’t really offer a lot on both sides of the ball. Still way below his best.
 




Jacob Stockdale - 6

Tried to spark some magic when in possession but his service was limited by the dominant Welsh team.
 
 


Bundee Aki - 6

Plenty of carries with ball in hand but struggled to punch a hole in the Welsh defence.
 


Garry Ringrose - 6

The narrow Ireland attack struggled to get the ball outside to him to create, made plenty of tackles and worked hard throughout.
 


Keith Earls - 5

Struggled to get anything going on attack with limited ball.
 
 

Rob Kearney - 5

Couple of minor errors and was at fault for the first Wales try.
 
 


Substitutions

Niall Scannell - 6

Dave Kilcoyne - 6

Andrew Porter - 5

Quinn Roux - 5

Jack Conan - 5

Kieran Marmion - 5

Jack Carty - 6

Jordan Larmour - 6
 

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