Rugby Ireland player ratings: Key men fail to deliver as Schmidt’s reign comes to a sorry end

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Rugby Conor Murray of Ireland during the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final match between New Zealand and Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Japan. Photo by Juan Gasparini/Sportsfile
Conor Murray of Ireland during the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final match between New Zealand and Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Japan. Photo by Juan Gasparini/Sportsfile

Here is how the Ireland players rated in the 46-14 defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-final.

Rob Kearney – 5

It looked like his last game for Ireland. The variety of the All Blacks’ attack pulled the full-back out of position and his lack of pace was exposed by Barrett for that footrace try.

Keith Earls – 5

Ireland just couldn’t get any flow and the wing was pressed into making decisions in the centre as part of a rejig before doing the best of his work in defence.

Garry Ringrose – 5

The clash of heads between Ireland’s centres led to disruption as the outside man left the field in the fourth minute and could not get into the game on his return.

Robbie Henshaw – 5

The contrast between the Irish centres’ lack of pop in the pass and that of the slickness of the All Blacks was stark. The try-scorer has been reduced to the role of a banger.

Jacob Stockdale – 4

He was a fingertip away from an early intercept before making two bad decisions for Smith’s second try. He gave away a lineout by stepping into touch in a rookie mistake

Johnny Sexton – 4

The out-half knew he had to go for broke from early on, twice failing to find touch from penalties i

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