England 57 Ireland 15: Ireland player ratings

Gavin Cummiskey runs the rule over the visitors after their humbling in London

Rory Best and Conor Murray look on during Ireland’s defeat at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Shridan/Inpho

Rory Best and Conor Murray look on during Ireland’s defeat at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Shridan/Inpho

 

Rob Kearney

The grand old fullback has long been criticised for not developing a creative streak to go with other fine attributes but the skip pass leading up to Larmour’s try showed even at 33 an elite player can improve. Rating: 6

Jordan Larmour

Did himself no favours when it comes to forcing his way into the starting line up with five missed tackles. Under pressure now to make the 31-man squad. Rating: 4

Garry Ringrose

Kept probing the white forcefield but utterly out played by his opposite number as Manu Tuilagi’s rampant performance gives England a genuine opportunity to win this World Cup. Rating: 4

Maro Itoje tackles Garry Ringrose at Twickenham. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty
Maro Itoje tackles Garry Ringrose at Twickenham. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

Bundee Aki

Central figure in passive midfield defence. Nice fend on Elliott Daly and dive finish for his try but in Japan it has to be Robbie Henshaw or Chris Farrell at inside centre. Rating: 4

Jacob Stockdale

Remains Ireland’s primary attacking weapon but the first three tries came when he stepped off his wing and he was humiliated by Joe Cokanasiga, an inexcusable missed tackle, for the Fijian’s 65th minute try. Rating: 3

Ross Byrne

Failed his big examination. On 51 minutes Luke McGrath passed into the 22 and with Maro Itoje blocking out the sun Byrne kicked straight into touch. Also threw plenty of hospital passes. Rating: 3

Conor Murray

Signs of the 2017 version of himself disappeared after Jonny May’s arm to head contact left him prone on the grass. Returned after passing the Head Injury Assessment but this was due to a breakdown in communication by the Ireland management. Removed at half time. Rating: 4

Cian Healy

Damaged right ankle provides opportunity for Jack McGrath. The veteran prop was struggling to cope with Kyle Sinclair’s scrummaging before limping off on 39 minutes. Rating: 5

Ireland captain Rory Best during his side’s heavy defeat to England. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA
Ireland captain Rory Best during his side’s heavy defeat to England. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Rory Best

Time catches everyone and the 37-year-old captain looks to be in major trouble. Henderson must carry partial blame for the malfunctioning lineout but at least four of Best’s throws were atrocious. Suddenly he’s droppable. Rating: 3

Tadhg Furlong

Needed to bring a power surge when carrying ball but Sam Underhill’s dump tackle and dislodging of possession on 47 mintues was this Test match in microcosm. Rating: 4

Iain Henderson

Encouraging rips and turnovers but he was calling the lineout and Ireland got thumped because their set piece was unacceptable for a team with aspirations of the highest honours. reduced to an impact role after this. Rating: 5

Jean Kleyn

Being big and strong is irrelevant when you are put into the arena with Maro Itoje and George Kruis. Nowhere near the standard. Rating: 3

Peter O’Mahony

The Munster captain is not the problem. Recovered from a belt to the jaw on 19 minutes to fight manfully in the face of a superior backrow. Rating: 6

Josh van der Flier

Noticed him being run over by Tuilagi and grappling English bodies with low hits (14 of them) but unseen in the collisions that truly matter. Dan Leavy and Seán O’Brien could have been to Ireland what Curry and Underhill are becoming for England. Rating: 5

CJ Stander tries to stall Maro Itoje during Ireland’s thrashing in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty
CJ Stander tries to stall Maro Itoje during Ireland’s thrashing in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

CJ Stander

The Portugal camp must have been rough. Miles off the pace. Flung one important pass to ground in Ireland’s 22 and now, surely, gifts the eight jersey to Jack Conan. Rating: 4

Bench

Irrelevant, as the starting XV gave them no chance of building a way back into this contest, but Seán Cronin’s lineout throwing is not going to solve the lineout malaise. Rating: 5

Coach

Record defeat. Seven months of excuses. Multiple problems can be laid at the head coach’s door but the incoming head coach (Andy Farrell) is currently responsible for defence (34 missed tackles) as three early tries exposed Ireland on the edges. Disaster similar to 2007 looms. Rating: 2

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