Luke Fitzgerald – 5
Made a superb early break, but as the game went on looked uncomfortable under the high ball – but then again, who wouldn’t, with the spectre of Rougerie bearing down on you!
Fergus McFadden – 6
Took his try well, did all the hard work in its creation and got to finish. Looked like he enjoyed playing in this immensely physical game.
Brian O’Driscoll – 7
Inspirational as ever, nothing less than 100% from the captain. His hit on Rougerie had him seeing stars in a similar vein to Wilkinson’s hit on Masi in the Italian game.
Gordon D’Arcy – 4
Another mistake-ridden afternoon’s work for D’Arcy, and was at fault for the missed tackle on Rougerie that lead up to the French try. Needs serious improvement.
Keith Earls – 6
Had a bit of a shaky start with some nervous mistakes but made up for it in the second half, with a beautiful chip through that showed his creativity. Unlucky not to be rewarded with a try on the day.
Jonathon Sexton – 7
Had a good game but for one missed conversion, his substitution did not reflect on his game, and was tactical.
Tomas O’Leary – 5
Improved on last week’s laboured distribution, but still has a lot of work to do. Started well with plenty of quick ball but as the game rolled-on, he slipped back into the two-step pass.
Cian Healy – 7
Credit where it’s due, Healy had a great game, stood up well to the French front-row. Easily Ireland’s best scrummager on the day.
Rory Best – 5
Had a decent game, set-pieces were improved from last week. Was at fault for the late lineout mess up in the second half though, which was costly.
Mike Ross – 6
Made a nice break to setup O’Leary’s try, had a good day in the scrum, will improve with more exposure at this level.
Donncha O’Callaghan – 6
Another good day at the office for Donncha, displayed great aggression and physicality from early on. Did a solid job at the lineout and restarts have improved too. Got pinged once or twice by Pearson which would be the only negative aspect of his day’s work.
Paul O’Connell – 6
Solid performance from the Munster lock, still settling in at international pace since his return, dominated the lineout and had many an aerial dual with Harinordoquy.
Sean O’Brien – 7
The backrow trio functioned well against France. O’Brien had some gig carries and displayed some deft handling skills that belies a player his size.
David Wallace – 7
Immense in defense, seemed to be involved in every ruck. Had some barnstorming carries that set up both the first and last tries.
Jamie Heaslip – 7
A quiet start but once up to the pace of the game contributed well. Didn’t look like a player that had been out of the game for 5 weeks!
Tom Court – 4
Replaced Healy midway through the 2nd half. Got penalised at the scrum twice, didn’t look comfortable at all.
Ronan O’Gara – 6
Change of tactic midway through the second half saw ROG come on, almost immediately put his stamp on the game with a perfectly measured kick to the corner.