Ireland vs Scotland: Rugby World Cup 2019 player ratings as Rory Best impresses in today’s fixture

We run the rule over both teams after Ireland begin their World Cup campaign with a win

Samuel Lovett
Yokohama Stadium, Japan
Sunday 22 September 2019 10:46
Rugby World Cup: Ireland in profile

Scotland were blown away in their opening Rugby World Cup 2019 fixture by an Ireland side that looked capable of living up to their billing as the best team in the world.

Scotland started with a ferocious tempo but it was Ireland who showed a ruthless edge with the breakthrough after seven minutes. After bludgeoning their way into the Dark Blues' 22, Iain Henderson gave McInally the slip and that opened the door for James Ryan to barge over from close range.

It went from bad to worse for Scotland on the quarter-hour mark as Ireland's line-out maul cut through their defence with ease, allowing skipper Rory Best to touch down for their second try.

Greig Laidlaw did put Scotland on the board with a penalty, but further tries from Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Conway completed an impressive victory for Ireland.

Here is how we rated the two teams.

Check the above gallery to see how we rated the teams.

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