Scotland player ratings
Compiled by GAVIN CUMMISKEY
15 Stuart Hogg 6
Lost the head-to-head duel with Kearney for Lions selection, fumbling an early garryowen and unable to find space to run.
14 Sean Maitland 6
Out muscled Keith Earls when contesting one high ball but another flyer unable to find room to show his electric pace.
13 Sean Lamont 5
Largely anonymous, making the scoreline all the more strange. Outplayed by O’Driscoll in every aspect.
12 Matt Scott 6
Another Scot who lost the personal duel with his opposite number without it influencing the result. Made some important tackles.
11 Tim Visser 5
A couple of flashes but this was not a game for the back three to shine.
10 Ruaidhri Jackson 4
Duncan Weir looks a better fit. It was a match Scotland won despite their outhalf failing to leave a memorable imprint.
9 Greg Laidlaw 7
Had some difficult moments but when Scotland needed him he delivered with four penalties in the second half.
1 Ryan Grant 7
12 tackles is brilliant for a prop. His sin-binning for an arm drop on Jackson wasn’t punished by the young outhalf’s subsequent penalty on 16 minutes.
2 Ross Ford 6
Scrummed well, but it helps to have such powerful locks heaving behind, he had one throw picked off by Donncha O’Callaghan.
3 Geoff Cross 7
Concerns about his ability to come in for Euan Murray were allayed, edging Court and Kilcoyne in the scrums.
4 Richie Gray 6
His height also damaged Ireland’s lineout possession and, like his teammates, he worked savagely on this oddest route to victory.
5 Jim Hamilton 7
Got plenty of back slaps for an early destruction of Ireland’s scrum and was a constant nagging influence when sensing Best’s lineout difficulties.
6 Rob Harley 7
Can take some credit for Ireland’s lineout woes as he got a hand to a few Best throws. Never stopped tackling on the gainline.
7 Kelly Brown 8
His 15 tackles included two heroic hits at the end. Beat O’Brien on the ground but it was his leadership and defence that mattered.
8 John Beattie 7
This was a game when the backrow scrambling defence was king and Beattie sacrificed himself for the cause.
The Bench 7
Did little more than the Irish bench but in this brutal and bizarre game it didn’t matter.