RBS 6 Nations 2011: Wales Player Ratings versus France

15. Lee Byrne – 6/10
Back in form and criminally underused. Arguably responsible for the opening French try, where his ambition got the better of him.

14. Leigh Halfpenny – 6
Had he escaped the despairing grasp of Fran├žois Trinh-Duc, it could have been a very different night for Wales, but the dimutive wing was left to live off scraps for the remainder of the game.

13. Jamie Roberts – 5
Three passes over the course of eighty minutes tells its own story really. The jury is still very out on whether he is suited to the outside-centre berth.

12. Jonathan Davies -5
Failed to click with his centre partner Roberts, and offered very little other than a few strong runs and a couple of offloads.

11. George North – 6
So much potential, so little ball. The youngster did however show his inexperience at times, but in full flight looks a class act.

10. James Hook – 5
Occasional glimpses of flair and vision were overshadowed by handful of crucial mistakes, in particular the charge down that led to the vital second French try, shortly after the interval. Was very unlucky to be sin-binned.

9. Mike Phillips -5
Incredibly frustrating night for the scrum-half. Questionable decision-making and a sluggish pass blighted him.

1. Paul James -5
Solid enough, but failed to impose himself on the game, other than a busy defensive effort.

2. Matthew Rees – 6
Struggled like the rest of the Welsh pack to contend with an aggressive French defence. On the flip-side his throwing in the line-out was highly accurate.

3. Adam Jones – 5
It was always going to be a big ask for him to come back into test rugby after his injury lay off, and consequently had a fairly anonymous showing prior to being replaced after fifty minutes.

4. Bradley Davies – 5
For a player who has built his reputation on ball-carrying, this was a match where he struggled to make an impression on the French defence.

5. Alun Wyn Jones – 6
High work rate from the lock, but disappointingly ineffective in the loose, including an a dire attempt at an overhead pass that wasted a golden Welsh chance

6. Dan Lydiate – 6
Had one of his more under the radar performances type games for Wales. Struggled to live with the physicality of the French at the breakdown.

7. Sam Warburton – 6
The find of the Championship for Wales, his departure after only a quarter of an hour was a massive blow.

8. Ryan Jones – 7
The only Welsh forward able to live with the intensity of the French at the breakdown. Consistently made yards and a high tackle rate.

Replacements:

16. Richard Hibbard – 5
Replaced captain Rees with a quarter of an hour to go, and had little impact on proceeding.

17. John Yapp – 5
Inevitably replaced Adam Jones early on in the second-half, but like all the Welsh props was fairly anonymous, in his time on the park.

18. Jonathan Thomas – 5
An early introduction due to Warbutons’ early sidelining. Carried on his indifferent form from the Autumn, with little ball-carrying yardage to his name, suffering the ignominy of being replaced himself.

19. Rob McCusker -5
Only on for the final nine minutes and had few opportunities to impress.

21. Dwayne Peel – 6
Should have given Gatland food for thought, after replacing Phillips, with his visibly quicker service.

22. Stephen Jones – 5
Like his halfback partner Peel, Jones entered a game that had already slipped away from Wales. Very little to do other than go through the motions.

By Paul French