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Player ratings: History makers

Ireland's 40-29 win over New Zealand is historic for more than just being their first-ever victory over the All Blacks.


They showed that passion, commitment, skill and fitness – all by the bucketloads – are required to stop the mighty black machine.,

Jan de Koning rates the Irish players!

15 Rob Kearney:Player ratings: History makers

Found holes in the All Black defence that don't normally exist and also beat Ben Smith in the high-ball stakes.


14 Andrew Trimble:

He missed the odd tackle – as most people do that have to deal with Julian Savea – but threw his body into the game with reckless abandon and made some massive hits.


13 Jared Payne:

Was perhaps the quietest of the Irish backs, but that doesn't mean he had a bad game – just did the basics well – except for a couple of slipped tackles.


12 Robbie Henshaw:

Put his body on the line, literally – which helped him won a couple of crucial turnovers – and scored the game's most crucial try.



11 Simon Zebo:

Look very well after the powerful Waisake Naholo, brilliant in the air and showed his finishing class.


10 Johnny Sexton:

Clinical and masterful. Sometimes you don't need to be flash to be brilliant.


9 Conor Murray:

His great energy and quick-silver service – not to mention opportunism – were invaluable. Then you can throw in a penalty kick and massive chase for a turnover inside the All Blacks in-goal area for good measure.


8 Jamie Heaslip:

Worked his magic on defence, although he was not always as prominent in the other aspects of the game. Still invaluable, though.



7 Jordi Murphy:

Lasted only 25 minutes, but was busy and productive in his stint.


6 Christiaan Stander:

His work at the breakdown, winning crucial turnovers, and on defence was up to his usual brilliant standards. Did miss a couple of tackles.


5 Devin Toner:

Player ratings: History makersGot his big frame around the park like a loose forward, but did miss a crucial tackle on Scott Barrett.


4 Donnacha Ryan:

Not the most productive game he has had. Could have been pulled from the field earlier.


3 Tadhg Furlong:

His work in the collisions – helping to create turnovers – were immense. Showed great fitness and was rock solid in the scrums.


2 Rory Best:

The workhorse of the team that often does the dirty work in the dark places that few people sees.


1 Jack McGrath:

Some strong carries and rock solid on defence. Maybe his workrate was a tad, just a little tad, below the rest of his teammates.



16 Sean Cronin (on for Best, 71st min):

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Cian Healy (on for McGrath, 61st min):

The veteran prop still adds plenty of value off the bench.


18 Finlay Bealham (on for Furlong, 57th min):

Was rock solid in the scrums, where the Irish had the All Blacks under pressure.


19 Ultan Dillane (on for Ryan, 65th min):

Some powerful carries and made all his tackles.


20 Josh van der Flier (on for Murphy, 25th min):

He would not have expected to have come on so early, but ended up with the highest tackle count in the match – on the back of a massive workrate.


21 Kieran Marmion:

Not used.

22 Joey Carbery (in for Sexton, 59th min):

Not bad for a debut – against the All Blacks of all teams. Missed just one tackle. 6/10

23 Garry Ringrose:

Not used.


Player ratings: History makers

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