Ireland opened their Autumn Nations Cup campaign with a comfortable 32-9 win against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Scroll down for the Ireland vs Wales player ratings.
Quinn Roux’s try helped the hosts to a 16-6 lead at the break as the visitors set-piece struggles saw them fall to a sixth straight defeat with pressure mounting on head coach Wayne Pivac.
Despite a more competitive second half, Ireland debutant James Lowe crossed the whitewash for the hosts to put the icing on the cake for the hosts.
Andy Farrell’s side face England in Twickenham next week while Wales host Georgia.
RUCK’S MAN OF THE MATCH: ANDREW PORTER (IRELAND)
Wales prop Rhys Carre will be having nightmares of the Irish tighthead tonight. Porter absolutely demolished him at scrum time with the Welshman hauled off before half-time. It’s incredible to think Tadhg Furlong hasn’t played since February, and it hasn’t been a worry for Ireland.
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Ireland vs Wales player ratings
IRELAND PLAYER RATINGS: Hugo Keenan 6; Andrew Conway 6, Chris Farrell 7, Robbie Henshaw 5, James Lowe 8; Jonathan Sexton 6, Jamison Gibson-Park 8; Cian Healy 7, Ronan Kelleher 7, Andrew Porter 8, Quinn Roux 8, James Ryan 6, Peter O’Mahony 7, Josh van der Flier 7, Caelan Doris 7
Replacements: Dave Heffernan 5, Ed Byrne 5, Finlay Bealham 6, Tadhg Beirne 6, Will Connors 6, Conor Murray 6, Billy Burns 6, Keith Earls 6
WALES PLAYER RATINGS: Leigh Halfpenny 7; Liam Williams 5, Jonathan Davies 6, Owen Watkin 6, Josh Adams 5; Dan Biggar 6, Gareth Davies 5; Rhys Carre 3, Ryan Elias 3, Tomas Francis 5, Will Rowlands 5, Alun Wyn Jones 6, Shane Lewis-Hughes 7, Justin Tipuric 8, Taulupe Faletau 5
Replacements: Elliot Dee 5, Wyn Jones 5, Samson Lee 5, Jake Ball 6, Aaron Wainwright N/a, Lloyd Williams 6, Callum Sheedy 6, George North 5
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzere, Alexandre Ruiz (both France)
Television Match Official: Romain Poite (France)
JOIN THE RUCK:
Meet the biggest and strongest beasts of the Autumn Nations Cup
1. Sam Underhill (England)
The flanker has a terminator like physique, but not only is he in great shape, he’s also studying Politics and Economics at the University of Bath. Superman on the pitch, and a gentle giant off it.