Rugby Kearney, Aki and Furlong rate best on a bad day at Twickenham

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Rugby Ireland's Rob Kearney in action against England's Joe Marler at Twickenham. Photo: Reuters/Matthew Childs
Ireland’s Rob Kearney in action against England’s Joe Marler at Twickenham. Photo: Reuters/Matthew Childs

There’s is plenty for Joe Schmidt to ponder after Ireland’s 57-15 defeat to England. Here’s how Ireland rated…

15. ROB KEARNEY:At his best in defusing bombs, setting off on one arcing break and sending a sweet pass as the vital link for Larmour’s try. Looked sharp – 6.  

14: JORDAN LARMOUR:There was miscommunication with Kearney early on for a dangerous bounce offset by the opportunism for his try. Struggled to escort May from English kicks – 5.  

13. GARRY RINGROSE:Too often, he was fighting for scraps or carrying into a blanket defence. The physical domination was never going to happen in the face of Tuilagi – 5.  

12. BUNDEE AKI:The were dancing feet for Larmour’s try, a muscular poach in contact and a fine late try against an over-eagerness to leave the system in defence – 6.

11. JACOB STOCKDALE:When all else fails, there is always that left-foot chip to cause mayhem. Three times he was left vulnerable by failure on the inside – 5. 

10. ROSS BYRNE:The opportunity showcased how his temperament and kicking are not yet m

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