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    Borrowed from the Beeb....

    <h3>Scotland v Ireland player ratings</h3>

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    <ul ="entrydetails"><li ="author">Mark Orlovac - BBC Sport journalist<li ="date">10 Mar 07, 06:57 PM[/list]

    Ireland have claimed their third Triple Crown in four years with a dogged win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

    Have a look to see if you agree with my player ratings.


    Southwell - 6: Looked for work and came into the
    line when he could. Showed good vision to launch a counter attack in
    the first half but later was held up near the try-line when he could
    have played in Paterson outside him. Came off injured at half-time.

    S Lamont - 7: Scotland’s greatest attacking threat
    but showed his worth in defence as well. Try-saving tackle on Denis
    Hickie was superb and his attempt to keep an attack going late on
    typified his work-rate.

    Di Rollo - 6: Quiet game for the Edinburgh centre.
    Did his bit in defence but with Scotland showing little ambition out
    wide, had few chances to shine with ball in hand.

    Dewey - 5: Has had a fine start to his
    international career but received a harsh lesson from D’Arcy and
    O’Driscoll as the Irish pair both skinned him on the outside.

    Paterson - 6: Showed how important his kicking is
    to the side with 18 vital points. A possible try was denied by the
    scampering Hickie but he cannot influence the game as he would like
    from the wing.

    Parks - 6: Disappointed to be dropped for the Italy
    game but has probably done enough to retain his place. Steadied his
    side with some pressure-relieving kicks to touch but it was his mistake
    that allowed O’Gara to charge down his clearance for the only try of
    the game.

    Cusiter - 7: Bounced back admirably after his
    disaster against Italy. Distribution was solid despite some slow ball
    and also added his weight to Scotland’s defensive effort.

    Kerr - 7: One of the warriors up front. Some great
    tackling on two occasions as Ireland threatened the Scotland line and
    made way for Allan Jacobsen on 61 minutes.

    Hall - 6: Solid if not spectacular with his
    line-out throwing and had little chance to make yards with ball in
    hand. Did more than his fair share in defence before coming off with 20
    minutes to go.

    E Murray - 7: Strong performance in the scrum and
    put his body on the line as Ireland camped on the Scottish line at the
    start of the second half.

    Hines - 7: The man from Wagga Wagga was a constant
    pain and gave Ireland plenty to think about at the breakdown. His
    second-half sin-binning for failing to roll away stopped him getting a
    higher mark.

    S Murray - 6: Celebrated his record 83rd cap for Scotland with a hard-working performance. Consistent display in the line-out.

    Taylor - 7: Never stopped working for Scot

    TBH I think that's flattering most of them. Any time a player came onto the ball from deep they made a break. So why were 2/3 of our much vaunted back row taking the ball flat all the time? Only Easterby really showed up taking it on the run and making ground.



      Harsh on S.Best. Thought his side of the scrum held up well, as it was Hayes who kept dropping and boring in. Annonamous in the loose but then he's not that type of prop. I was pleasantly surprised.
      Commemorate Nevin Spence here -


        I think the 5 on Best is harsh, he wasnt wonderful but he was solid. The scrum was decent, and whilst he didnt shine in the loose I fail to see how he was any worse than the other side of our scrum Hayes who was similarly was pretty absent.

        As an aside, am I the only person who wonders why Ireland are the only team in world rugby who dont regularly change at least one of their props, if not both, in every game? The only time we ever sub a prop is if they are injured or if the game has been won a long time ago.

        Think the marks for our back row were too high.


          How Leamy gets 7 is beyond me, he and Wallace were worth no more then
          5's, thoroughly outplayed. Also very harsh on the scots backrow.