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Player ratings: How Ireland fared against the All Blacks tonight

Joe Schmidt’s men earned a famous victory in Chicago tonight.

Ireland line out before today's game.
Ireland line out before today's game.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

15. Rob Kearney: Many doubted his selection, but he proved his critics wrong with a superb display in defence, while making an incisive dart for Stander’s try. 9

14. Andrew Trimble: Solid as usual while he absolutely smashed Liam Squire to break up an All Blacks attack near the end. 7

13. Jared Payne: A typically robust performance, Payne made some key defensive tackles. 7

12. Robbie Henshaw: Put in a great shift in defence and showed incredible power and energy to score a famous try at the end. 9

11. Simon Zebo: Took his try well and had moments of class otherwise, most notably when he took a high ball superbly in the 60th minute. 8

10. Johnny Sexton: Looked nerveless with an array of excellent kicks — his Garryowen was crucial to the third try, as was his pass for the fourth, before he was replaced by Joey Carbery in the second half after taking a knock. 9

9. Conor Murray: Took his try superbly and did magnificently to tackle Julian Savea out of play in the dying stages — a key part of this win. 9

1. Jack McGrath: Showed great energy and intelligence in his play, and more than matched the All Blacks physically. 8

2. Rory Best: A captain’s display as he played a big part in ensuring the lineout and scrum operated smoothly. 8

3. Tadhg Furlong: Worked extremely hard and delivered some big tackles. Incredible fitness and energy for a prop. 8

4. Donnacha Ryan: Put in a tireless shift before being replaced in the second half by Ultan Dillane. 7

5. Devin Toner: Ireland’s lineouts were routinely excellent in no small part thanks to Toner, although he’ll be disappointed with a missed tackle for Barrett’s try. 7

6. CJ Stander: Scored one try and had a hand in another, and was a huge part of a monumental defensive effort from Ireland. 9

7. Jordi Murphy: Made his presence felt early on and scored Ireland’s all-important first try before unfortunately having to go off with a knee injury. 7

8. Jamie Heaslip: Worked exhaustively as usual right up until the end when his wonderful decoy run helped create Henshaw’s famous try. 9

Replacements: Not everyone was on long enough to rate, but of those who came off the bench, Joey Carbery stood out with his calming influence, as did Josh van der Flier who made 14 tackles in the relatively short time he had on the field. 8

Coach – Joe Schmidt: Is there a better coach in world rugby? This victory had Schmidt’s stamp all over it. 10

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