15. Stuart Hogg – 6
A couple of siege-gun kicks and the odd searing run, but struggled to get into the game. Targeted and neutralised by the aggressive and well structured Irish defence. The game’s top carrier with 107 metres but only two clean breaks and one defender beaten is pretty low returns by his own high standards.
14. Tommy Seymour – 5
Pretty anonymous apart from one break when Scotland managed to get him into space on the outside during the first half, but didn’t have the gas to get away. In fairness, the game did not run his way.
13. Duncan Taylor – 6
On the back-foot throughout the game, but showed up well at the breakdown.
12. Sam Johnson – 6
Under constant pressure from the Irish blitz – solid in defence – and put in one magnificent try-saving tackle on Jacob Stockdale.
11. Sean Maitland – 5
Badly exposed defensively a couple of times by Andrew Conway. Ran aggressively from broken play situations but otherwise offered little threat with ball in hand.
10. Finn Russell – 5
Under intense and unremitting pressure throughout, he simply could not stamp his authority on the game, hard though he tried. His hands were good but his kicking was mixed.
9. Greig Laidlaw – 5
Though working on short rations, he could perhaps have done more to steady the ship in the first half. Did manage to take it through a few more phases early in the second half – by which time, however, the game was lost.
1. Allan Dell – 5
Not particularly prominent in the loose – and never looked totally comfortable against Tadhg Furlong.
2. Stuart Mcinally – 6
Worked hard and kept the line-out together in very difficult circumstance. Bad defensive error led to the James Ryan’s opening try, while it looked as though he had done enough to prevent Rory Best’s try.
3. WP Nel – 5
Had a difficult afternoon in thescrum with Cian Healy and got no help from the referee. Another player who failed to make the required impact in the loose.
4. Grant Gilchrist – 5
Put in a full shift but should have done more defensively in lead up to the James Ryan’s opening try.
5. Jonny Gray – 5
Put himself about but consumed by the overall inertia.
6. John Barclay – 5
Battered by Irish aggression, he just could not get himself into the game, and was left lonely and exposed when Fraser Brown replaced Hamish Watson.
7. Hamish Watson – 5
The game was maybe already lost by the time he was crocked in 37th minute — but any hopes of recovery disappeared up the tunnel behind him. An anxious wait in store to find out how serious the knee injury is.
8. Ryan Wilson – 6
Got stuck in – and was effective at the line-out – but spilled the high ball which led to Andrew Conway’s try.
16. Fraser Brown – 5
It is a huge ask to come of the bench and play out of position and he gave it his best shot in very difficult circumstances.
17. Gordon Reid – 5
Game was over by the time the time he came on for Allan Dell in the 62nd minute, but he held his own.
18. Simon Berghan – 5
Did okay after coming on for WP Nell in 52nd minute.
19. Scott Cummings – 5
Relative novice didn’t do anything wrong in his awkward 65th minute cameo for Johnny Gray.
20. Blade Thomson – 5
Showed willing with a couple of strong carries when he came on for John Barclay in 65th minute.
21. Ali Price – 6
Brought some energy onto the park when he replaced Greig Laidlaw in 62nd minute.
22. Chris Harris – 6
Fought hard to make something happen after he replaced Duncan Taylor in 65th minute, and his neat break and offload to Hogg near the end which prised Ireland open and led to Tadhg Beirne’s yellow-card.
23. Darcy Graham – 6
Caught the eye both in attack and defence once he came on as a replacement for Tommy Seymour in 55th minute. He has a spark which was something Scotland lacked through most of this game.