Ireland just about bagged a bonus-point win against Russia, but it was the performance the under-pressure side needed.
The 35 – 0 victory won’t keep the wolves quite from the door, but it was the five points in the bank that Joe Schmidt’s side needed.
Here’s how we rated the players.
Took his try well but made some uncharacteristic errors. Continues to look like a player in the Autumn of his career, which he is.
Secured the all-important bonus-point score and grafted all night. Looked busy all night.
Took his two try well and was solid enough. Continues to be a classy lighthouse in an often unremarkable Irish midfield.
Battled all night long but struggled with the greasy ball. Ultimately keeping a seat warm for Henshaw.
Always offered himself up for work in another tireless performance.
JOHNNY SEXTON (CAPT):
Very tidy night’s work before he was withdrawn, with Ireland hoping his leg problem is nothing serious.
A strong night from the Leinster star, who battled to press Ireland’s tempo.
A hugely-impressive first-half powering around the park with ball in hand. As the RPI shows, Kilcoyne continues to be an outstanding frontrow option.
Very solid at the set-piece and worked hard. A good counterpoint to Best.
Caught out several times at the scrum but solid beyond that.
Aggressive and penetrating with ball in hand. Needs to bring his ball-winning abilities to the world stage, a unique selling point.
Grafted as ever but a few mistakes in the mix too. His handling skills let him down and let’s be honest, he’s yet to justify his selection ahead of Devin Toner.
A very solid effort from a very dependable squad man. The blindside is a workhorse and did all that was asked for him.
Got an early rare early try. Another big shift for the team but surely now needs a rest.
Injury cruelly cut short his night and perhaps his World Cup. 6
Jack Carty piloted Ireland home but the game was riddled with errors throughout.
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