France rugby player ratings: Picamoles impresses as Willemse struggles in Wales collapse | Rugby | Sport

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Maxime Medard – 6/10 – Performed like the veteran player he is; more with the head than the body. Wasn’t really a game for full-backs given the torrential conditions.

Damian Penaud – 7/10 – Playing in a slightly unconventional spot but shifted his centre skillset to the wing. Put in some excellent kicks and stayed physical.

Wesley Fofan – 5/10 – Solid in defence for the hosts but didn’t offer his usual fleet footedness in attack. Would’ve expected more from him with ball in hand.

Romain Ntamack- 5/10 – Talented in moments but the youth certainly told. A raw talent but in need of fine tuning.

Yoann Huget – 6/10 – Unfortunately will only be remembered for his mistake that led to the Welsh try. Although he took his try well and cut some great lines. Kept his width well.

Camille Lopez – 7/10 – Evident that he was playing with his club mate. Controlled the first-half excellently and divided the ball well between forwards and backs. Brilliantly struck drop goal

Morgan Parra – 6/10 – Kicking was off which overshadowed an otherwise solid performance. Looked at home next to Lopez.

Louis Picamoles – 8/10 – Took it upon himself to bail the French out especially at scrum time. His try saw him cut an excellent line.

Arthur Iturria – 6/10 – Great offload for the Huget try and a warrior in defence.

Wenceslas Lauret – 6/10 – The Racing 92 man was heavily involved in the breakdown and offered himself as a constant ball carrier

Paul Willemse – 5/10 – Missed tackle for the first Welsh try summed up a poor night. Didn’t impose himself or his physical prowess on the contest.

Sebastien Vahaamahina – 5/10 – Put his hand up when it came to carrying the ball but wasn’t perhaps as successful as he’d have liked. Threw an awful pass for North’s intercept try.

Uini Atonio – 5/10 – Rarely used in attack but was physical enough in defence to warrant a start.

Guilhem Guirado (c) – 6/10 – Managed the first-half well as captain but his level and influence dropped in the second 40.

Jefferson Poirot – 5/10 – Subbed off after a quiet hour for Dany Priso. Was outdone by his opposite number in the scrum.

Replacements

Dany Priso – 6/10 – Big part of the French scrum that nudged France in front towards the game’s latter stages

Baptiste Serin – 6/10 – Put in some clever kicks to put France in the right positions. Played a clever territorial game

Gael Fickou – 5/10 – Bought pace and dynamism to the French attack but his side were always on the back foot whilst he was on.



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