Ireland made it two wins out of three in this year's competition with an ultimately impressive 34-13 over Scotland, capped by a fine display from rejuvenated full-back Geordan Murphy.
The Leicester Tiger was named man-of-the-match after earning reselection in the wake of injury to full-back Girvan Dempsey.
James Standley has rated Ireland's players, while I ran the rule over the Scotland side.
Let us know whether you agree and what you made of their displays.
IRELAND RATINGS by James Standley
Geordan Murphy – The Leicester full-back produced his club form for his country as he turned in a dazzling display. He showed classy touches with both boot and hands; took some great catches from high balls, produced one glorious break and was always available in support. No doubt Eddie O’Sullivan will now drop him. 9
Tommy Bowe – The Ulster winger was quiet compared to some of the other Irish backs in the first half but was more prominent after the break. He took his first try superbly and was delighted to have a second handed to him on a plate right at the death. 7
Brian O'Driscoll – The captain produced a superb break and pass for the second try and was always keen for work in defence, but there is surely more to come from the Ireland talisman. 6
Andrew Trimble – He began the match with a couple of good hits to halt Scotland attacks and grew as an attacking force the longer the game went on, producing a couple of searing breaks as Ireland opened up. 8
Robert Kearney – The Leinster player is another of Ireland’s youngsters who looks assured of a long future in the green shirt. He swept well at the back from the wing, kicked assuredly and took his try with some style. 8
Ronan O'Gara – A cracking display from the Munsterman. He showed good vision to spark the move which led to the second try, produced a fine kick for the third try and then followed up with a brilliant reverse flick for the fourth. Marshalled his troops superbly, kicked well off the deck and generally ran the show. 8
Eoin Reddan – The Wasps number nine was his usual lively self around the base and his ability to mix up his game helped Ireland constantly keep the Scots on the move. 7
Marcus Horan – Always one of the livelier front-row presences in the loose, he scored a fine try from O’Gara’s pin-point cross-kick and held his own in the scrum. 7
Bernard Jackman – When you are the hooker your primary role is to hit your jumpers at the line-out and he struggled. He saw an early line-out throw picked off, was not straight after 32 minutes and was picked off again before the break, negating his good work in the loose. 5
John Hayes – Led a major defensive scrum drive late in first half and was increasingly on top in the scrums as the game wore on. And he still had enough to get around the park and put in his share of tackles. 7
Donncha O’Callaghan – Was part of a shaky Ireland line-out but that looked more down to Jackman’s shaky throwing than any fault on the part of O’Callaghan, who was prominent in the trenches. 7
Mick O’Driscoll – Did his best to fill the shoes of Paul O’Connell, who came on to replace him late in the second half. Tried his heart out but was not a dominant figure. 6
Denis Leamy – The battle between the back rows was always going to be close and Leamy was just outshone by opposite number Alasdair Strokosch. 6
David Wallace – Pacy and always eager for work, he strolled over for a well-worked try in the first half and produced a couple of typically rapid breaks as the hosts took control after the interval. 7
Jamie Heaslip – Played his part in Wallace’s try with a neat inside pass and always a presence for Ireland in both attack and defence. 7
Rory Best – The replacement hooker came on midway though the second half for Jackman, but Ireland’s troubles continued in the line-out. 5
Paul O'Connell – Back from injury to replace Mick O’Driscoll after 55 minutes and did his best to impose himself with a couple of muscular carries. 6
Simon Easterby – On for Heaslip after 69 minutes.
Peter Stringer – On for Reddan after 71 minutes.
Shane Horgan – On for Brian O’Driscoll after 69 minutes, gave the scoring pass for the final try. 6
SCOTLAND RATINGS by Rob Hodgetts
Hugo Southwell – A fairly solid presence at the back for Scotland and brave in defence, though five opposition tries should trouble the conscience of any self-respecting full-back. A mixed bag with the boot, but some good link-up play with his three-quarters. Replaced by Dan Parks, with Paterson moving to full-back, on 66 minutes. 6
Rory Lamont – Plenty of bustle and went close to scoring twice just before the break, first when he burrowed to within inches of the Ireland line, and then shortly after in the right corner. A few other little cameos, particularly during Scotland’s purple patch in the middle of the second half but industrious rather than impressive. 6
Simon Webster – Showed his intent with a well executed catch-and-counter early in the first half. Grew into the chief pain in Ireland’s backside out wide as the second half wore on with his own brand of spiky running, capped by a well taken poacher’s try off Henderson’s little flick. Kept Brian O’Driscoll fairly quiet, too. 7
Andrew Henderson – Squandered a good try-scoring opportunity in the first-half as he failed to locate team-mate Rory Lamont begging to be released outside. Also guilty of letting Geordan Murphy through the Scottish midfield en route to Rob Kearney’s try. 5
Nikki Walker – Will have more sparkling days in a Scotland shirt. Or then again, maybe not. Will be embarrassed that Ireland loose-head prop Marcus Horan scored on his wing after a cross-kick from Ronan O’Gara. Tried to get involved and had his moments but restricted to a journeyman’s performance. 5
Chris Paterson – Maintained 100% kicking record and has now not missed for Scotland since a pre-World Cup warm-up game against Ireland in August. Began with a series of up-and-unders, some slightly short, but grew in authority and manoeuvred Scotland around the park well. Link play was effective enough but otherwise, not a frightening fly-half a la Dan Carter. 6
Mike Blair – Snappy-ish, busy and eager enough without really excelling. A few things not quite coming off and couldn’t quite hold Tommy Bowe for Ireland’s fourth try, though you can’t really finger him as the fall-guy for a sublime Irish move. 6
Allan Jacobsen – An aggressive little barrel of a prop and ferocious in the close-quarter defensive situations. Always on hand for his share of head-down carrying duties but will rue his part in Scotland being shoved off their own attacking scrum at the end of the first half. 6
Ross Ford – The odd early throw wasn't straight but otherwise found his impressive jumpers in a generally well-functioning Scotland line-out team. Industrious and nuggety in defence. 6
Euan Murray – Got through plenty of work and matched Jacobsen for effort, though penalised for collapsing a scrum in the second half as Ireland began to gain the edge up front. Limped off with five minutes left. 6
Nathan Hines – Hirsute. Chief pantomime villain for the Irish fans and a constant nuisance in the line-out and the loose. Anchored a promising if not faultless Scotland second row but was guilty of squandering a dangerous Scotland position close to Ireland’s line just before half-time as he chose to administer some retribution with a volley of haymakers. 7
Scott MacLeod - Safe hands alongside Hines and a less confrontational character, though no less effective for it. Lots of grunt in the Scotland engine room and a satisfactory enough day at the office. 6
Alasdair Strokosch – Arguably the hardest working Scotsman on the park. Always in the thick of things and instrumental for Scotland in defence and attack. Popped up for a couple of runs and tidied up well in the line-out and around the contact area. 7
Allister Hogg – Possibly not at his best and spilled a few balls. Got through his workload OK, with a few yards gained here, a good tackle made there, but nothing to write home about. 6
Kelly Brown – The weak link in Scotland’s back row at Croker. Defended too wide from an attacking Ireland scrum to allow David Wallace through his channel for the first try under posts. Several other blips saw him hauled off on 45 minutes and will have added up to a question mark in coach Frank Hadden’s head. 5
Fergus Thomson – on for Ford on 69 minutes.
Gavin Kerr – on for Jacobsen on 71 minutes.
James Hamilton – on for Hogg on 64 minutes. Carried off with serious leg injury late on.
Ross Rennie - on for Brown on 45 minutes but unable to make a real difference. 6
Chris Cusiter – on for Blair on 70 minutes.
Dan Parks – on at fly-half on 66 minutes, with Paterson moving to full-back in place of Southwell.
Nick De Luca - on for Walker as blood replacement on 61 minutes, then back on for Henderson on 69 minutes.