Wales 19 Ireland 13 – The Rugby World Player Ratings

first_img Get in! Mike Phillips celebrates scoring the crucial try to mark his 50th capIT WAS a cracking game at the Millennium Stadium as Wales clinched a 19-13 victory despite a try-line siege from Ireland in the final few minutes. Both sides contributed magnificently to the most entertaining match of this year’s Six Nations to date – but how did the players rate?WALESLee Byrne 72 Few flaky moments in Wales’ 22 but looked dangerous when running from deep.Leigh Halfpenny 68 Executed long-range penalty to perfection and looked good in wide channels.Jamie Roberts 71 Took Wales attack into heart of Irish defence with powerful surges.Jonathan Davies 68 Little opportunity to show his attacking skills but did little wrong.Shane Williams 72 Worked usual magic in tight spaces but couldn’t break completely clear.James Hook 81 More of a conservative display from Wales’ flair master – but it worked perfectly. Try time: Brian O’Driscoll scores to equal Ian Smith’s record of 24 championship triesBrian O’Driscoll 78 A record-equalling try and didn’t let up in attack or defence throughout.Gordon D’Arcy 65 Called into regular defensive action but has tendency to shoot out of line too fast.Keith Earls 68 Few nice runs but little opportunity to threaten close to the line.Ronan O’Gara 67 Showed his full repertoire of kicks to great effect but no running threat.Eoin Reddan 65 Only a 30-second contribution – but his chargedown led to Ireland’s early try.Cian Healy 66 Few silly errors and not as prominent a ball-carrier as usual.Rory Best 67 Gave away a penalty in front of posts but accurate at the lineout.Mike Ross 64 Conspicuous by absence in loose, but did his job at the set-piece.Donncha O’Callaghan 71 Blew try-scoring chance with forward pass but no lack of effort from Munsterman.Paul O’Connell 76 Back to his imperious best at the lineout and made presence felt in loose too.Sean O’Brien 71 Outshined Heaslip in ball-carrying terms but sometimes runs too laterally and selfishly.David Wallace 73 A typical top-quality performance in both the tight and the loose.Jamie Heaslip 68 A relatively quiet game by his high standards but high work-rate at closequarters.Replacements Peter Stringer as effective a passer as ever but mass exodus from bench in second half wasn’t too effective.THE KEY0 – Should never play for this team again10 – Shocker – lucky to get picked again this season20 – Out of his depth30 – Did one or two things right – must improve40 – Willing but woeful50 – Minimum requirement for  a professional – average60 – Solid effort and a decent performance70 – Made key contributions and guaranteed his place for next time80 – Superb – should give himself a pat on the back LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Boot boy: BBC Man of the Match James HookMike Phillips 78Great reactions for controversial try and happy to show Ireland his physical side.Paul James 68 Coped admirably when having to switch to tighthead early on.Matthew Rees 82 Quick thinking led to Phillips try, albeit illegally, and work-rate was exceptional.Craig Mitchell 62 Limited opportunity to make an impact before leaving field with injury.Bradley Davies 77 Lived up to his reputation as a great ball-carrier and worked hard in defence too.Alun Wyn Jones 77 Towering in the lineout to ensure Ireland couldn’t put them under too much pressure.Dan Lydiate 80 A rock in defence, especially in that frantic finish, and showing his class.Sam Warburton 80 Improving with every game and looking so comfortable at Test level now.Ryan Jones 74 Another impressive performance as he rediscovers his best form – solid not flashy.Replacements John Yapp called into action early and not found wanting, and Jonathan Thomas’s tackles proved important at the end.IRELANDLuke Fitzgerald 68 Few fumbled balls but effective when joining the line in attack.Tommy Bowe 72 Full of running and always keen to get involved.center_img 90 – A personal best – his greatest game ever100 – Faultless – no one could play a better game in this position CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 12: Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland dives over to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 12, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) last_img read more