Ireland player ratings vs Italy: Who shone and who flopped in Dublin?
Ireland player ratings vs Italy. RUCK marks every Irish player after their 56-19 Six Nations victory against Italy. Scroll on down to see our player ratings.
15 Rob Kearney: Generally outstanding in the air – it’s a bird, it’s a plane, etc – and carried hard. Still has a lot of gas in the tank despite his advancing years. 7/10
14 Keith Earls: Secured the try-scoring bonus-point for Ireland after just 35 minutes with a reasonably simple finish. Showed fantastic acceleration and great composure to make it easy for himself though. Oustanding try-saving tackle to deny Italy a try-scoring bonus-point right at the end. 8/10
13 Robbie Henshaw: The centre caught a bullet throw from Conor Murray to open the scoring early on. He then went on to play a starring role in some glorious rugby from the men in green before getting his second try early in the second half. Worryingly departed with an elbow or shoulder injury after his second score. 8.5/10
12 Bundee Aki: Answered any doubters this week with a superb display. Power, pace and precision throughout. Brilliant try and a sublime assist for Earls score. 8/10
11 Jacob Stockdale: Got away with a blatantly late ‘tackle’ in a poor opening 40. Was much better in the second half, scoring two tries. 7.5/10