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IRELAND PLAYER RATINGS

ROB KEARNEY: Reveled in the challenge thrown down by Folau. A real leader on the field- 8.

TOMMY BOWE: The interception was boom or bust. A veteran of enduring excellence throughout - 8.

ROBBIE HENSHAW: The muscularity is obvious for a fast learner. He is the answer at centre - 8.

GORDON D'ARCY: He never threw the 50-50 ball. A pest at the ruck - 7.

SIMON ZEBO: Distinct physicality. Made ten tackles but handed Aussies way back into it - 7.

JONATHAN SEXTON: His variation is exquisite, outside of hitting 6/7 and making Zebo's try - 8.

CONOR MURRAY: One or two loose kicks apart, his composure and consistency are crucial - 8.

JACK McGRATH: Never takes a step away from his responsibilities. Another solid outing - 7.

RORY BEST: The darts were off line too often in an otherwise stellar impact, ripping ball for first try - 7.

MIKE ROSS: Ireland's Anchorman fronted-up. Late penalty justified staying on for 80 minutes- 7.

DEVIN TONER: Very effective in the choke tackle. Exposed for lack of athleticism in the loose - 6.

PAUL O'CONNELL: Ben McCalman found out the 35-year-old is playing as well as he ever did - 9.

PETER O'MAHONY: Unbelievable work rate. Made 17 tackles and won turnover for first penalty - 8.

RHYS RUDDOCK: Clamped down for the first choke tackle turnover. An athletic, physical presence - 7.

JAMIE HEASLIP: The first few steps on the ball take him away from front-on contact every time - 7.

REPLACEMENTS

The standout factor among those who came on was Ian Madigan's instant impact in contact and earning the final turnover of the match.


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