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Ireland player ratings

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw (C) is tackled by Italy's Kelly Haimona (L), Sergio Parisse (R) and Francesco Minto during their Six Nations Rugby Union match at the Olympic stadium in Rome, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw (C) is tackled by Italy's Kelly Haimona (L), Sergio Parisse (R) and Francesco Minto during their Six Nations Rugby Union match at the Olympic stadium in Rome, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Ireland's players in numbers

ROB KEARNEY: Never seriously tested in defence and made a couple of attacking breaks. Had busier days. 6/10

 

TOMMY BOWE: Frustrating afternoon for the prolific try-scoring wing. Rarely saw the ball and largely played a watching brief. 6

 

JARED PAYNE: Proved strong and awkward to stop when he was put into space. Looks a player that Ireland can get a lot more from. 6

 

ROBBIE HENSHAW: The shining new midfield talent of Irish rugby, he was more involved during the second half as Ireland moved clear on the scoreboard. 7

 

SIMON ZEBO: Sprightly and hungry for work during the first half, but not seen so often in the second period. 6

 

IAN KEATLEY: Punished Italy with a clinical goalkicking display, booting 14 points as he guided the reigning RBS 6 Nations champions to victory. 7

 

CONOR MURRAY: Lively throughout and his display was rewarded when he claimed Ireland's opening try after pouncing from close range. 7

 

JACK McGRATH: Had an intriguing battle with revered Italian scrummager Martin Castrogiovanni. Held his own. 6

 

RORY BEST: Departed injured early in the second half just when Ireland looked to build on a 9-3 interval advantage. 6

 

MIKE ROSS: Solid and dependable in the scrums before making way for Martin Moore after 52 minutes. 7

 

DEVIN TONER: Led from the front during an opening 40 minutes when Ireland's forwards built a victory platform. 7

 

PAUL O'CONNELL: Very much a case of job done for the Ireland captain. Far from a vintage performance by his team but they are off and running. 7

 

PETER O'MAHONY: Trademark workaholic display by the Munster man. At the heart of Irish efforts up-front. 8

 

TOMMY O'DONNELL: Answered the latest of calls after Sean O'Brien was injured during final pre-match preparations and he responded by scoring a second-half try. 7

 

JORDI MURPHY: Made his first Six Nations start as replacement for Jamie Heaslip and was part of a victorious - if unspectacular - performance. Carried strongly. 6

 

Replacements

 

Sean Cronin: Replaced Best after 47 minutes and was part of a concerted push for victory. 6

 

Martin Moore: Went on for Ross midway through the third quarter. 6

 

Ian Madigan: Took over from Keatley during the final 15 minutes and converted O'Donnell's try. 6

 

Iain Henderson: Featured for the last 15 minutes as replacement for O'Mahony. 6

 

Felix Jones: Replaced Payne for the final 13 minutes. 6

 

James Cronin: Gained a late run in the front-row as replacement for McGrath. 6

 

Isaac Boss: Featured for the closing nine minutes after replacing Murray. 6

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