Following wins for Leinster and Munster in this weekend PRO12 interprovincial clashes, we take a look at the stand-out performers.
15. Tiernan O’Halloran
Arguably the most dangerous player on display in the Sportsground, Tiernan O’Halloran constantly threatened Leinster with ball in hand.
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14. Adam Byrne
One of the most exciting Irish players to watch at present, Adam Byrne shows little fear with ball in hand. Powerful and quick, Byrne will surely make his international debut this summer.
13. Luke Marshall
One of the few Ulster backs who offered any real penetration. Luke Marshall gave his side the lead with a well taken try in the 65th minute. Ulster though were unable to see the game out.
12. Craig Ronaldson
Didn’t let Connacht down with an impressive kicking display from inside centre. Showed some nice hands when linking up with Bundee Aki and Tiernan O’Halloran. Was starved of possession by Leisnter at times however.
11. Keith Earls
Playing some the best rugby of his career, Keith Earls was a danger every time he touched the ball against Ulster.
10. Ross Byrne
Not the best weekend for Irish flyhalves. Paddy Jackson committed silly errors at crucial stages, Ian Keatley and Tyler Bleyendaal shared time in the pivot for Munster, leaving Byrne as the only real candidate, despite some poor kicks at goal.
9. Luke McGrath
Luke McGrath’s duel with Kieran Marmion was one of the more interesting subplots ahead of the weekend’s fixtures. The Leinster scrum-half saw off his rival with a controlled performance.
1. Dave Kilcoyne
Carried well until he was replaced James Cronin. Made an impact at scrum time.
2. Niall Scannell
Dominated Rory Best in both scrum and lineout. Should add to his international honours this summer in North America and Japan.
3. John Ryan
Another brilliant scrummaging display. The most improved player in Ireland this year?
4. Donnacha Ryan
Made more tackles than any other Munster player. Put pressure on Rory Best’s throw.
5. Ross Molony
Offered himself as a willing ball carrier throughout Leinster’s encounter with Connacht. Could become an important player for Leinster next season.
6. Peter O’Mahony
Underlined his defensive capabilities at the lineout just as Warren Gatland edges closer to naming his lions squad.
7. Josh van der Flier
Has come under pressure from the impressive Dan Leavy since losing his place due to injury, but responded against Connacht with all action performance.
8. Rhys Ruddock
Ireland’s forgotten backrow, Rhys Ruddock wasn’t found wanting against Connacht.
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