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Last Updated:  Sunday, 30 March, 2003, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Ireland v England: Player ratings
Marks out of 10 for both sides, following England's superb 42-6 Grand Slam victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road.


Geordan Murphy (8/10) v Josh Lewsey (8/10)
Geordan Murphy (left) and Josh Lewsey
Ireland's full-back provided their main attacking threat with several clean breaks. Denied a deserved try when he was stopped inches short.

Lewsey proved again he has what it takes to succeed at Test level and made two telling breaks to threaten the Ireland line.


Denis Hickie (6/10) v Jason Robinson (7/10)
Denis Hickie (left) and Jason Robinson
Hickie did what he could with limited possession, but never managed to threaten England out wide.

Robinson was given little opportunity to show his pace, but made some superb tackles and again proved confident under the high ball.


Brian O'Driscoll (6/10) v Will Greenwood (9/10)
Brian O'Driscoll (left) and Will Greenwood
Ireland's captain struggled to make an impact despite a couple of half-breaks. Well shackled by the England defence.

Greenwood, who now has 24 tries in 38 Tests, put Tindall over for his score and then showed his finishing prowess to wrap up victory.


Kevin Maggs (6/10) v Mike Tindall (9/10)
Kevin Maggs (left) and Mike Tindall
Like O'Driscoll, Maggs was given little opportunity to impress. Did little wrong but was weighed down by defensive chores.

Tindall showed pace and power to grab the visitors' clinching try at a vital time, barging through Irish tacklers with typical exuberance. Man-of-the-match contender.


Justin Bishop (6/10) v Ben Cohen (7/10)
Justin Bishop (left) and Ben Cohen
Unceremoniously dumped to the turf on several occasions, Bishop was full of energy but struggled to find space against England's swarming defence.

One first-half break apart, Cohen was a muted force in attack but there when it mattered in defence to stop Victor Costello yards from the line.


David Humphreys (5/10) v Jonny Wilkinson (9/10)
David Humphreys (left) and Jonny Wilkinson
Humphreys started well but missed an important penalty with the game in the balance and failed to set his backs alight. Replaced by Ronan O'Gara.

Wilkinson had a rollercoaster ride but shook off a shoulder knock to complete a man-of-the-match display with two drop goals on his 'wrong' foot in a 15-point haul. Briefly replaced by Paul Grayson, who converted Tindall's try.


Peter Stringer (6/10) v Matt Dawson (7/10)
Peter Stringer (left) and Matt Dawson
Stringer had plenty of possession but slow ball didn't help his cause. Caught by Richard Hill for Dallaglio's try.

Dawson needed repeated treatment on his damaged nose but created Dallaglio's opening try and kept his backs moving forward with typical verve.


Anthony Foley (5/10) v Lawrence Dallaglio (9/10)
Michael Foley (left) and Lawrence Dallalgio
Foley chose a bad time to have one of his quietest games, failing to make much headway against the England pack.

Dallaglio by contrast had his best game of the campaign, scoring England's opening try and almost grabbing another in the second half in a rampaging performance.


Keith Gleeson (6/10) v Neil Back (7/10)
Keith Gleeson (left) and Neil Back
Gleeson, the two-try hero against Wales, started off superbly but faded in the face of a dominant England pack.

Back went about his business with his usual efficiency, several times appearing at scrum-half and providing an effective link between forwards and backs.


Victor Costello (7/10) v Richard Hill (8/10)
Victor Costello (left) and Richard Hill
Costello was probably the pick of a battered Irish pack, and came close to a try in the first-half when finding himself in space out wide.

Hill proved mightily effective again in defence and attack, getting through a pile of tackling and helping create the first try for Dallaglio.


Malcolm O'Kelly (7/10) v Ben Kay (7/10)
Malcolm O'Kelly (left) and Ben Kay
The Leinster giant was a reliable source of line-out possession but tired as the game wore in the face of the English onslaught.

Kay was one of half-a-dozen England players in the wars, trotting off to the blood bin briefly but returning to play a full part in a magnificent forward effort.


Gary Longwell (5/10) v Martin Johnson (8/10)
Gary Longwell (left) and Martin Johnson
Longwell was another to suffer in the heat of forward battle, and was replaced before the hour by Paul O'Connell.

Johnson completed a superb tournament with another inspirational captain's performance, winning line-out ball and getting through a ton of work in the tight exhanges.


Marcus Horan (6/10) v Jason Leonard (7/10)
Marcus Horan (left) and Jason Leonard
Horan was an impressive figure in the loose, rampaging around to good effect. But struggled at scrum time, where Ireland were up against it.

England's most capped player celebrated his fourth Grand Slam with a hand in Dan Luger's final try, a testament to his incredible fitness and durabliity.


Shane Byrne (7/10) v Steve Thompson (6/10)
Shayne Byrne (left) and Steve Thompson
Byrne was reliable in his set-piece work and effective in the loose, reinforcing his credentials at Test level.

Thompson started poorly at the line-out and missed his target on several occasions, but remained a handful in the loose as England moved through the gears.


John Hayes (5/10) v Graham Rowntree (6/10)
John Hayes (left) and Graham Rowntree
Hayes worked hard but struggled at the set-piece, England wheeling the Irish scrum for Dallaglio's opening try.

Rowntree continued his fine form but was forced off injured before the interval. Replaced by Trevor Woodman, who revelled in the opportunity to join the party.




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