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Nov. 18, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
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15 Andrew Conway
Awarded man-of-the-match and certainly on the balance of his contribution he was a strong contender, sharp and decisive on the ball, great feet and good vision especially for Dave Kearney’s try. One or two missed tackles but a positive ledger. Rating: 7
14 Darren Sweetnam
Held his width very well for the try and had one brilliant run down the touchline, his tackling and covering were good and he was brave in the air. He was penalised for sealing off at one point but in his first start he can be proud. Rating: 6
13 Chris Farrell
He showed good peripheral vision and nice hands at times and for the most part respected the ball even when there was a temptation of offload. Conceded one penalty but did reasonably well against a very physical Fijian midfield. Rating: 6
12 Stuart McCloskey
He was one of the Irish players who consistently demonstrated a physical aptitude to match the Fijians in the collisions and got his team excellent gain-lines time and again. He put in some big hits and was centrally involved in Ireland’s better moments: one ill-advised offload but overall very good. Rating: 7
11 Dave Kearney
His defence was excellent, making some important tackles and covering intelligently and like Sweetnam kept his width well for his try. His intercepted pass that enabled Timoci Nagusa will grate a little. In keeping with most Irish players some excellent play speckled with a mistake or two. Rating: 6
10 Joey Carbery
Wonderful break, vision and execution for Sweetnam try, and several times he lit up the stadium with his brilliant footwork. Incredibly brave on several occasions and that ultimately proved his undoing: a couple of missed place-kicks and tackles but given limited game-time at 10 this season a fine effort. Rating: 7
9 Kieran Marmion
His box-kicking improved as the game wore on, his pace to the breakdown was important for Irish continuity and he worked hard to cover in defence, including one standout moment in the second half. Rating: 6
1 Jack McGrath
No one could question his worth ethic and he carried strongly into multiple defenders often off static ball to win the millimetres for his team. One intercept and then intercepted but conspicuous in his tackle count. Rating: 6
2 Rob Herring
He worked hard around the pitch and Ireland only lost one lineout so in his set piece basics he can be satisfied there and also his clear-outs at the breakdown were very effective. Rating: 7
3 Andrew Porter
Winning his third cap and his first start in a position that he is still learning was always going to be a difficult task but he stuck to it doggedly, acquitting himself reasonably well. Rating: Rating: 6
4 Ultan Dillane
Aggressive in his carrying he got his team over the gain-line on several occasions, often in heavy traffic and should be very happy with his overall contribution including in defence. Rating: 7
5 Devin Toner
Took responsibility for lineouts and re-starts when he was on the pitch and it was noticeable that Ireland’s organisation in this area wasn’t quite as good after his departure. Rating: 6
6 Rhys Ruddock (capt)
Huge performance from the captain, whose workload was monumental; just before being replaced he had racked up 17 carries and two turnovers. Rating: 7
7 Jordi Murphy
Like many of his teammates it was a mixed bag, won a penalty and nicked a couple of lineouts, one hugely important one, but that weighed against some ineffective clearing out at the breakdown, a problem area for Ireland and conceding a penalty. Rating: 6
8 Jack Conan
Sharp for his try, superb pick-up and showed great pace to take it home from 48 metres, carried frequently but at times was indecisive at the base of the scrum. Rating: 6
Replacements: Frontrow replaced en masse after 55 minutes and they immediately won a scrum penalty and then Cian Healy, who had a massive impact, demonstrated his footwork and power on a couple of occasions. Ian Keatley kicked two important penalties, while the rest of the bench provided energy and in fairness a positive impact for the most part. Rating: 7
Coach: Joe Schmidt will be unhappy with several aspects of the Irish performance, some loose offloading, passing and sloppy work at the breakdown but he’ll be grateful that a young, scratch side kept the winning run going just about and learned some valuable lessons along the way; or at least that’s the hope. Rating: 6