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How Ireland's players rated against Russia in Rugby World Cup win

 Ireland's Rob Kearney with a black eye after the final whistle during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City.Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Nick Purewal, PA, Kobe

Ireland beat Russia 35-0 in their World Cup Pool A match in Kobe.

ROB KEARNEY: Took his try well but made some uncharacteristic errors. 6/10

ANDREW CONWAY: Secured the all-important bonus-point score and grafted all night. 6

GARRY RINGROSE: Took his try well and was solid enough. 7

BUNDEE AKI: Battled all night long but struggled with the greasy ball. 6

KEITH EARLS: Always offered himself up for work in another tireless performance. 6

JOHNNY SEXTON (CAPT): Very tidy night's work before he was withdrawn, with Ireland hoping his leg problem is nothing serious. 7

LUKE MCGRATH: A strong night from the Leinster star, who battled to press Ireland's tempo. 8

DAVE KILCOYNE: A hugely-impressive first-half powering around the park with ball in hand. 8

NIALL SCANNELL: Very solid at the set-piece and worked hard. 6

JOHN RYAN: Caught out several times at the scrum but solid beyond that. 6

TADHG BEIRNE: Aggressive and penetrating with ball in hand. 7

JEAN KLEYN: Grafted as ever but a few mistakes in the mix too. 6

RHYS RUDDOCK: A very solid effort from a very dependable squad man. 7

PETER O'MAHONY: Another big shift for the team but surely now needs a rest. 7

JORDI MURPHY: Injury cruelly cut short his night and perhaps his World Cup. 6

REPLACEMENTS: Jack Carty piloted Ireland home but the game was riddled with errors throughout. 6/10

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