Rugby New Zealand 46 Ireland 14: Ireland player ratings

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Rob Kearney

If this must be the end of a great international career – the most decorated Irish rugby player in history when we tally all the medals and accolades – then it is fitting that Kearney finishes on the highest stage. Covered well but, like everyone, smashed to smithereens by these All Blacks.Rating: 5

Keith Earls

The work rate of the man soars above all else at a World Cup when his scintillating ability with ball in handed needed to be on view, like it was in 2011. Not to be. No space. No time. No hope.Rating: 5

Garry Ringrose

Head busted open by Henshaw after four minutes when the centres combined to slow Ardie Savea, he returned to run hard and tackle like his life depended on it. Ireland were not wiped out in midfield but Jack Goodhue was the best centre on show.Rating: 5

Rugby Robbie Henshaw can’t prevent Jordie Barrett scoring a late try for the All Blacks. Photograph: Jae C HongAP
Robbie Henshaw can’t prevent Jordie Barrett scoring a late try for the All Blacks. Photograph: Jae C HongAP

Robbie Henshaw

Gutsy try considering he failed to ground the ball moments earlier and, like Ringrose, got patched up after the head clash to be combatative all the way to the bitter end.Rating: 5

Jacob Stockdale

Looked ready to show up with an early switch play before grabbing Sexton’s restart, but his marker Sevu Reece showed exactly what an elite winger looks like (The pass leading up to the All Blacks second try being a prime example). It’s a Fijian world cup.Rating: 5

Johnny Sexton

Ireland’s ageing but still best player knows how costly that line kick – which Richie Mo’unga kept in play – proved as it meant Ireland failed to plant a seed of doubt in the minds of these awesome opponents. Much as he fought, there was no way back.Rating: 4

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