Leinster player ratings: Jamison Gibson-Park pulls the strings as the pack flattens Toulouse

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Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park looks on Credit: Alamy
Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park looks on Credit: Alamy

Following Leinster’s 41-22 dismantling of Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final, here are ratings for the hosts.

15 Hugo Keenan: The fullback continues to mature and is well and truly one of the best in his position in the game. Whilst he did not steal the headlines today, he managed the backfield well and kicked cleverly enough to reduce the influence of the dangerous Toulouse outside backs. 7

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14 Jordan Larmour: Very quiet day for the talented star who did not have many chances with ball in hand. Made three tackles but also missed three. An acceptable performance, but he would have wanted to make more of an impact. 6

13 Garry Ringrose: Quiet by his standards in a game dominated by the forwards contest. Still, he made few errors and made an impressive nine tackles in the outside centre channel. 7

12 Charlie Ngatai: A rather complete effort from the centre who defended well, was dangerous on attack and even contributed with a stunning 50:22 just before halftime. He deservedly received a great ovation when he left the field just before the hour mark. His first game since January, but it certainly didn’t look like it. 8

11 Jimmy O’Brien: Mopped up in the backfield nicely when required. Put in an impressive effort in the left-hand corner but was not awarded the try. 6

10 Ross Byrne: Looking more and more complete. The fly-half controlled the game well, and kicked brilliantly from the tee at 100% success rate from six kicks. He made his tackles, kicked well and marshalled his troops throughout. It is scary to think that he will only get better. 8

9 Jamison Gibson-Park: The scrum-half was simply outstanding today. He is crucial to how Leinster attack, controlling the pace of play with his pin-point passing and sniping around the edges of the ruck. Simply put, he is the heartbeat of the team, and today he pulled all the strings in an elite performance. 9

Powerful pack

8 Jack Conan: Work rate, work rate, work rate. The number eight was absolutely everywhere in a memorable performance. He made 17 tackles, carried all game long and was rewarded with a brace of tries. Comprehensively brilliant from the Irish star. 9

7 Josh van der Flier: The flank’s consistency is so impressive. The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year put in another industrious effort. His bright red scrum cap was always near the action, whether on defence or attack. He made most of his tackles, won a turnover and contributed with a try and a try assist. 8

6 Caelan Doris: The quietest loose forward on the day, however, he did not make many errors and worked hard throughout. A satisfactory effort in a dominant pack. 7

5 James Ryan: The skipper was at the heart of a lot of the good work from the Leinster pack. His contributions in the lineout were very useful in providing his team with a platform to work. He was busy otherwise, making ridiculous 17 tackles and managed the referee well as the team leader. 8

4 Ross Molony: Ran the lineout effectively in his 53 minutes on the park. He defended well, making all his tackles. A solid outing in a big game. 7

3 Tadhg Furlong: Relatively quiet with ball in hand but defended well making eight from eight tackles. The fan favourite scrummaged well and was neat otherwise. One of the pillars to providing a strong platform today. 7

2 Dan Sheehan: The hooker was very good again today. He threw brilliantly in the lineout and was lively whenever he was involved. He was wise to a loose ball in the first half and showed impressive pace to score. 8

1 Andrew Porter: Was on both ends of the whistle at scrum-time and was lively in open play. He threw a well-timed pass from the ruck for one of Conan’s tries. 7

Replacements: All the substitutions brought energy and maintained the high level of performance. Jason Jenkins notably crossed for a try. 7

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