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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006, 19:05 GMT
Ireland v Scotland player ratings
By Jim Stokes
BBC Sport at Lansdowne Road

IRELAND:

Geordan Murphy - 7:
Industrious as usual. Always dangerous in attack and assured in defence - two great takes from high balls.

Shane Horgan - 7:
The main ball carrier in the three-quarters but like the rest, found it hard to breach the Scots' defence.

Brian O'Driscoll - 8:
Tried to make things happen at every opportunity. At times was like an extra flanker with his work-rate.

Gordon D'Arcy - 6:
Found it difficult to find the space which he needs to work his magic. Very assured in defence though.

Andrew Trimble - 7:
Waited 35 minutes for first touch but always looked capable of breaking through the Scots' defence.

Ronan O'Gara - 7:
Took his Ireland record to 594 points by kicking all his side's points. A good well-structured game all round.

Peter Stringer - 7:
A busy afternoon's work. A few mistakes, but kept the back-row honest and mixed his game up well.

Marcus Horan - 7:
Spent most of his time moving from one set-piece to another. Unable to show off talents in the loose.

Jerry Flannery - 8
A brilliant, robust performance in the loose, and line-out throwing was exemplary. Took a thunderous hit from Jason White and still came back for more.

John Hayes - 6:
Was in trouble keeping his side of the scrum steady, but again his work at the line-outs was crucial.

Paul O'Connell - 8
A talisman in Ireland's pack. Trojan work all around the park and was the official RBS man-of-the-match.

Malcolm O'Kelly - 7:
Outstanding line-out work with a couple of steals to boot. Still some gas in the tank for this veteran.

Simon Easterby - 7:
As always did the unseen, dirty work around the fringes and on the floor, keeping Scots on back foot

David Wallace - 8:
Brilliant all-round show. Always wanted ball in hand and several good darts despite Scottish defence.

Denis Leamy - 7:
Another gutsy and busy afternoon for the strong number eight without setting the world on fire.

REPLACEMENTS:

Donncha O'Callaghan - 6:
The Munster man came on for his provincial team-mate and had a lively final 10 minutes.

Eoin Reddan, David Humphreys, Girvan Dempsey, Mick O'Driscoll, Simon Best and Rory Best did not feature.


SCOTLAND:

Hugo Southwell - 6
Not the greatest of games; had little opportunity to attack and spent most of the time defending.

Chris Paterson - 6
Kicked well and looked Scotland's only method of scoring until he was replaced late in the game.

Marcus di Rollo - 6
Like the rest of the Scottish three-quarters spent all afternoon defending, and defending well.

Andy Henderson - 6:
Rarely given a chance to show his real flair and was well harnessed in attack, but tackled hard.

Sean Lamont - 5;
Made to look ordinary on a wet day which did not suit the big Northampton man.

Dan Parks - 6:
His re-starts caused Ireland a bit of grief in the first half, and tactical kicking kept Scots going forward.

Mike Blair - 6:
Never less than lively, usual excellent distribution and his sharpness kept the Ireland back-row honest.

Gavin Kerr - 7:
Gave John Hayes a tough time in the scrum, carried the ball well and put his body on the line in defence.

Doug Hall - 5:
Bet he doesn't play darts. The Scottish line-out was a shambles, but not all the hooker's fault.

Bruce Douglas - 5:
Had a good day in the set-pieces, but fairly anonymous in the loose.

Scott Murray - 6:
Led from the front and never stopped going forward, but will have nightmares about the line-out.

Nathan Hines - 6:
Enjoyed a good return to the starting line-up, but was on the back-foot was most of the game.

Jason White - 8:
Crumbled after a big early hit on Wallace, but another captain's effort. Nearly cut Flannery in half with one tackle before forced off with a cut head.

Ally Hogg - 6:
Worked hard but found it difficult to get into the game as Scotland were never really on the front foot.

Simon Taylor - 5:
Never really got the ball in hand to show his power, and in the main dominated by the Ireland back-row.

REPLACEMENTS:

Scott Lawson - 6:
The Scottish line-out improved when the Warriors hooker came on from the final 20 minutes.

Craig Smith - 5:
Replaced Douglas, but spent time in the treatment room for a bloody nose.

Chris Cusiter - 5:
Found it very hard to get into the pace of the game as the ball presented to him was untidy.

Gordon Ross - 5:
Never got into the game as Ireland had most of the possession in the final 20 minutes.

Simon Webster - 5:
Can be a dangerous replacement with his pace but was never allowed to get into top gear.

Jon Petrie came on for Jason White with only eight minutes remaining and Alastair Kellock was not used.

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