Leinster Player Ratings

We rate Leo Cullen's men after their close win in Wales

BY Simon Maguire 17:28 Saturday 8 April 2017, 17:28 8 Apr 2017

Leinster's Tadhg Furlong is tackled by Olly Cracknell of Ospreys. Image: ©INPHO/CameraSport/Simon King

Leinster consolidated their position at the top of the Guinness PRO 12 Championship with a 20-18 win over the Ospreys in Swansea.

We rate Cullen's win after a hard fought victory.  

Isa Nacewa - 7

Out-of-sorts start to the match saw him drop a couple of high balls. A big tackle out on the wing got him into the game. Made a couple of incisive breaks as well.

Rory O'Loughlin - 6

Quiet enough first half including one knock-on. Didn't really make his mark on the match.

Zane Kirchner - 7

Not a natural 13 but played efficiently throughout. Shot out of the defensive line effectively at times as well. Went into contact high once and was turned over. 

Robbie Henshaw - 8

Brilliant dummy pass took out two defenders to set up Cronin for his try. Made ground every time he got the ball. Poor skip pass late on turned over possession when Leinster needed a score. 


Leinster's Robbie Henshaw with Sam Davies of Ospreys. Image: ©INPHO/CameraSport/Simon King

Fergus McFadden - 5

Poor game from the off typified by his knock-on from a restart after Leinster scored their second try. 

Joey Carbery - 8

Adapted to playing off the back foot really well. Some excellent touch finders too when the pressure was on. Never let the aggressive Ospreys' defence get to him. 

Jamison Gibson-Park - 7

Busy around the breakdown and kept the defence guessing. Provided a couple of pin-point kicks - one which almost sent Henshaw in for a score.  

Jack McGrath - 7

Quiet enough by his own high standards but did little wrong. Solid in the scrum when called upon. 

Sean Cronin - 8

Took his try superbly- easily passing Dan Biggar to score under the posts. Brilliant line led to Leinster's second try just after the break. Taken off after 55 minutes but had emptied the tank by then. 

Leinster's Sean Cronin scores his side's first try. Image: ©INPHO/CameraSport/Simon King

Tadgh Furlong - 7

A few barrelling runs and solid as ever in the scrum.  

Mick Kearney - 6

Good tackle early on led to turnover when Leinster were under the cosh. Made his presence felt in defence. 

Devin Toner - 6

Gave away a penalty tackling the scrum-half in the first half and ran into contact high occasionally. Should do better.

Rhys Ruddock - 7

Industrious performance in the engine room, put his body about.  A poor pass cost an almost certain try at the end of the first half.

Josh Van Der Flier - 8

Brilliant turnover at his second breakdown in a row won his side a penalty under the Ospreys' posts. Will have enjoyed his duel with Tupiric.

Leinster's Josh van der Flier is tackled by Olly Cracknell. Image: ©INPHO/CameraSport/Simon King

Jack Conan - 5

Anonymous by his own standards. Replaced at half time.  

Bench - 8

Excellent use of the replacements which saw Leinster get over the line.  

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