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How did you rate Ireland in their humbling home loss to England?

Joe Schmidt’s side were under pressure from first minute to last as England grabbed a bonus point win.

IRELAND ENDURED ANOTHER stuttering Six Nations start and were duly punished by a powerful England performance that earned Eddie Jones’ men a bonus point victory.

Here’s how we rated last year’s champions in their first defeat since June.

Robbie Henshaw

4Our Rating

His preferred position it may be, but England exploited his lack of fullback experience. Caught out positionally in the back-field and was consistently out-jumped in aerial battles.

6

Keith Earls

4Our Rating

England sought him out for attention both tactically and physically and it took its toll as the Limerick man was forced off at half-time. Shot out of the line to chase Farrell's brilliant flat pass to Daly for the England opener and wasn't fully fit long enough to make amends.

6

Garry Ringrose

7Our Rating

Seemed at the centre of Ireland's best attacking moments, including a solid hit on Owen Farrell to force a spill and a breakaway attack. The best part of a malfunctioning back-line.

6

Bundee Aki

6Our Rating

Did his best to ignite a creative spark, but well marshalled by the oncoming white wall and wound up forcing passes or running into dead ends.

6

Jacob Stockdale

6Our Rating

Looked dangerous when offered open space to run for and his power helped force a big penalty midway through the second half, but his error in coughing up a try for Daly was a pivotal moment in the game.

6

Johnny Sexton

5Our Rating

Showed intermittent attacking spark and kicked his goals, but never truly grabbed hold of the game and dictated the game. Late, loose pass to gift England a bonus point was the nadir of the night.

6

Conor Murray

5Our Rating

Looks to be carrying a knock or at least in need of a run of games to reach full fitness. Appeared to lack his usual fluidity and a zip to his passing. Among this half-back pairing's poorest displays.

6

Cian Healy

6Our Rating

The man for the big carry on the big occasion, the loosehead powered through Mako Vunipola to ground Ireland's first try and a lead after so much early pressure.

6

Rory Best

5Our Rating

Guilty of a poor line-out throw late in the first-half that helped England build their seven-point half-time lead. His usual breakdown threat was continually negated by England and his calm communication did not sway Garces.

6

Tadhg Furlong

7Our Rating

Stood firm against the English scrummaging effort and excelled in the loose with some thundering defensive hits and blasts through contact

6

Devin Toner

7Our Rating

His line-out helped give Ireland a solid foothold in the game after falling behind early and put in a solid defensive shift before injury ended his game early.

6

James Ryan

7Our Rating

Typically bullish performance in contact with big hits on defence and a continuous hunger for work with the ball, but was constantly overshadowed by the excellent Maro Itoje.

6

Peter O'Mahony

6Our Rating

Got sucked into a row with Kyle Sinckler that showed all the frustration bubbling in this Irish performance. Was unable to deliver a gamechanging moment in the air or the ground on this occasion.

6

Josh van der Flier

6Our Rating

Led Ireland's defensive effort to prevent England's first-half dominance being even greater than it was, but wasn't able to do enough on the deck to slow England's voracious appetite for destruction.

6

CJ Stander

6Our Rating

As ever, he set the tone for workrate and led the way for Ireland in got through a mountain of carries and tackles before he was replaced. Struggled to carry that impact to the breakdown.

6

Replacements

Dave Kilcoyne

4Our Rating

6

Andrew Porter

4Our Rating

6

Quinn Roux

4Our Rating

6

Sean O'Brien

5Our Rating

6

Jordan Larmour

4Our Rating

6

Sean Cronin, John Cooney and Joey Carbery not on long enough to rate.

 

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