Scotland player ratings: Who thrived and who toiled in defeat by Ireland in Autumn Nations Cup?

Scotland relinquished a 9-3 lead to go down 31-16 to Ireland at the Aviva in the Autumn Nations Cup third-place play-off.

Disappointment for Scotland at full-time in Dublin.

Two tries from Keith Earls, plus one from Cian Healy continued the home side’s recent dominance of the fixture. Duhan van der Merwe’s fine second-half score was scant consolation for the Scots who have not won in Dublin for over ten years.

So how did Gregor Townsend’s men rate in defeat?

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A welcome return from injury for the Hawick prop who helped Scotland win a couple of notable scrum penalties. 6
Fiesty showing from the hooker who complained about eye-gouging at one point in the second half. Video evidence was inconclusive but there was definite contact to the face from an Irish hand, possibly Quinn Roux's. 6
A willingness to carry ball before making way for Willem Nel with 13 minutes remaining. 6
Big shift in the engine room against a tough Irish pack before making way for Sam Skinner. 6
Disrupted the Irish lineout to good effect, particularly in the first half when Scotland were in the ascendancy. 7
Returned to the side but at blindside flanker rather than in his usual No 8 role. The reshaped back row experiment was not an unqualified success. 5
Shuffled over to blindside to accommodate Thomson. Gave away couple of penalties but also completed 15 successful tackles. 6
Only Jonny Gray (20) made more tackles than the younger Fagerson (18) at the Aviva. But was a tough old game as Ireland had the best of the back-row battle. 6
Looked a little sluggish at times as Scotland toiled in the second half. 6
Decent debut for the Edinburgh man who is Scotland's fifth stand-off of the autumn. Kicked four out of five for an 11-point haul and looked robust in defence. Lacked a bit of attacking sparkle but promising signs. 6
Scored a superb try - his third in five Tests - as Scotland tried to find a way back in the second half. They didn't manage it but van der Merwe always look a threat with his pace and power. Carried for 88 metres. 7
The Saracens centre looked the part for the first half hour but his yellow card for a deliberate knock-on changed the course of the game. Scotland never really recovered, conceding three tries in a crucial 15-minute period either side of half-time. 6
The centre has played every minute of Scotland's three Autumn Nations Cup matches and has looked solid defensively without offering too much in an attacking sense. 5
The winger was outjumped by Robbie Henshaw for Ireland's first try by Keith Earls which swung momentum in the home side's favour. Few opportunities to attack with ball in hand. 5
The captain's attacking instincts have been reined in for much of the autumn series but he looked as if he'd been let off the leash in Dublin, particularly in the first half where he produced some thrilling runs. Quieter second period. 7