England 24-12 Ireland: Player ratings

Last Updated: 23/02/20 6:31pm

Owen Farrell led England to an impressive victory over Ireland at Twickenham
Owen Farrell led England to an impressive victory over Ireland at Twickenham

England kept their Six Nations title hopes alive with a comprehensive 24-12 win over Ireland at Twickenham on Sunday.

George Ford and Elliot Daly capitalised on defensive indecision to score first-half tries, with Luke Cowan-Dickie grabbing their third to crush Ireland’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam hopes.

We look at how the players performed after a one-sided encounter at Twickenham…


Elliot Daly capitalises on a Jacob Stockdale error to score England's second try
Elliot Daly capitalises on a Jacob Stockdale error to score England’s second try

Elliot Daly: A game to revive the prospect that he can be a long-term option at full-back. Started explosively and played with freedom. 8/10

Jonathan Joseph: Any doubt over his suitability to start on the wing quickly faded as he danced into space and chased everything down. 7

Manu Tuilagi: England are so reliant on his ability to break the gainline and here he was an unstoppable force. 8

Farrell slots a penalty late in the first half to make it 17-0
Farrell slots a penalty late in the first half to make it 17-0

Owen Farrell: In the father-v-son duel against Ireland coach Andy, it was England’s composed captain who emerged with bragging rights. 8

Jonny May: Unable to make the eye-catching breaks that are his calling card but he did the less glamorous work brilliantly. 7

George Ford is congratulated after opening the scoring
George Ford is congratulated after opening the scoring

George Ford: Pounced on Johnny Sexton’s fumble to open the scoring and his clever kick led to a try for Daly. 8

Ben Youngs: A ball of energy who made good decisions, but also capable of making influential mistakes. 7

Joe Marler: Scythed down green shirts in a relentless defensive shift and was always in the thick of the action. 7

Jamie George: Growing in influence throughout this Six Nations but is being pushed hard by Luke Cowan-Dickie. 8

Kyle Sinckler: Another player who is beginning to find his feet after a slow start to the Championship. Gave Ireland plenty of verbals. 7

Maro Itoje: A strip of the ball in the tackle was trademark Itoje, who carried the fight to Ireland. 8

George Kruis: Rarely produces anything spectacular but his work-rate is huge. He carries and tackles with commitment. 8

Courtney Lawes produced a man-of-the-match display
Courtney Lawes produced a man-of-the-match display

Courtney Lawes: On the day he equalled Martin Johnson’s 84-cap record for a lock, Lawes was named man of the match. Destructive. 9

Sam Underhill: Smashed backwards in one early carry but recomposed himself and was a physical menace thereafter. 7

Tom Curry: The debate will continue to rage over whether he is a No 8 after this peripheral performance. 6

Replacements: Ellis Genge is making a habit of having a major impact off the bench and against Ireland, he wasted no time in getting under their skins. Cowan-Dickie must soon be given a start. 8


Jordan Larmour: Caught well under pressure early on but, at times, the 22-year-old appeared to be targeted by England and fell below his recent standards. 5

Andrew Conway: On occasion struggled to cope with pace of opposing wing Jonathan Joseph and had little chance to impress going forward before being forced off in the second half for a head injury assessment. 5

Robbie Henshaw scored Ireland's first try
Robbie Henshaw scored Ireland’s first try

Robbie Henshaw: Bulldozing try briefly brought Ireland back into the contest. Later escaped punishment for a late but vital tackle which prevented Jonny May adding to England’s lead. 6

Bundee Aki: Offered little for his team and, on this performance, could see his position at inside centre come under threat for the remainder of the tournament. 4

Jacob Stockdale: Inexplicable hesitation from the wing allowed England to score a second try and take complete control of the contest. Contributed little from an attacking point of view. 3

Ford scores England's first try after a fumble by Johnny Sexton
Ford scores England’s first try after a fumble by Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton: A dreadful fumble, which allowed George Ford to score the opening try, set the tone for his team’s performance, while he also squandered a simple penalty and was guilty of some poor kicks. 3

Conor Murray: The underwhelming scrum-half was punished when a misplaced exit kick culminated in England’s second try. Struggled to dictate play as the hosts dominated, before being replaced. 5

Cian Healy: Limped off injured in the aftermath of the hosts’ second try to be replaced by Dave Kilcoyne after being part of a team struggling to contain the aggressive hosts. 4

Rob Herring: Part of a front row which repeatedly lost their battles, resulting in England romping to a third successive emphatic success over Ireland. 5

Tadhg Furlong: After plenty of pre-match talk around the scrum, was guilty of conceding the first scrum penalty of the afternoon during a pedestrian performance from the visitors. 5

Devin Toner: The lock’s first start since his shock World Cup omission was one to forget. Will probably return to the bench once Iain Henderson returns from a short period of paternity leave. 5

James Ryan: Showed incredible work-rate and repeatedly put his body on the line, while finding ways to impose himself, despite limited opportunity to do so. 7

Peter O'Mahony claims a lineout
Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout

Peter O’Mahony: Produced an important pick-up and carry in the build-up to Henshaw’s score as Ireland started the second period strongly. 6

Josh van der Flier: Among the few who could hold his head high after a dismal opening 40 minutes but was came out second best against opposite number Sam Underhill. 6

CJ Stander: Once again one of Ireland’s top performers once again but, on this occasion, that was not a difficult feat. Involved in a petty altercation with Owen Farrell but, despite the England skipper’s claims, appeared to slap, rather than punch. 6

Replacements: Andrew Porter marked his cameo appearance with a late try, while scrum-half John Cooney, bidding to take Murray’s shirt, was lively. Return of Caelan Doris following a head injury was another notable positive. 6

Source : Sky Sports