RBS Six Nations 2012: France Player Ratings v England

15. Clément Poitrenaud – 6

Targeted early on under the high ball, Poitrenaud did look menacing when he made a series of half breaks.

14. Vincent Clerc – 5

Departed in the second half clutching his left arm. Has not shone going forward in the same manner as we’ve seen in previous championships.

13. Aurélien Rougerie – 5

At fault for Croft’s decisive try, highlighting how he is not a natural centre in defence. A bit of a slump.

12. Wesley Fofana – 7

Became the third player ever to score four tries in their first four matches. So much more to come from him.

11. Julien Malzieu – 6

Lethal streak shown for Clermont not transferring to the international stage.

10. Lionel Beauxis – 6

Did the best he could trying to implement the stifling French game plan. Kicked well when taking over from Dupuy.

9. Julien Dupuy – 4

A poor selection and performance. Shadow of the player he used to be when at Leicester.

1. Jean-Baptiste Poux – 5

Sometimes on top but generally under the cosh from Dan Cole.

2. Dimitri Szarzewski – 5

Very poor in the loose, passes turned over constantly. Set-piece average.

3. Nicolas Mas – 6

Put the squeeze on and then looked flabbergasted when he was penalised. Has been better.

4. Pascal Papé – 7

Some player. Great at the lineout, took plenty of solid restarts and looked a real problem in attack.

5. Yoann Maestri – 6

Overshadowed by Papé. Will need to be far more assertive against Wales.

6. Thierry Dusautoir – 7

Pretty good, if not at his best. The power in his tackles is astonishing.

7. Julien Bonnaire – 6

Crucially missed Ben Morgan, but flashes of his class. The elder statesman rumbles on.

8. Imanol Harinordoquy – 7

Hates the English, so the result will hurt. As the game went on he looked better and sharper, the most threatening French runner in the loose.


Servat and Picamoles made an impact in the loose, whilst Maxime Mermoz would make a solid combination next weekend against Wales alongside Wesley Fofana in the centre. Morgan Parra should never have been dropped, his kicks at goal were majestic.

by Ben Coles

4 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: France Player Ratings v England

  1. Harsh on Harinordoquy – I thought that he was outstanding. 8 at least and that includes consideration of him missing Croft, when he’d already left everything on the pitch.

    Generally think that you are being a bit harsh on the French. Rougerie showed much more in attack and broke the first line of defence a couple of times. Mas was all over the pitch despite a real battle in the Scrum, Poux held his own and Poitrenaud played his best game IMO.

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