15. Maxime Médard – 7
Looked sharp. Scored what proved to be the crucial try. Always looks threatening when attacking from deep. France will miss him against Ireland after he picked up an injury.
14. Vincent Clerc – 6
One excellent pass to Wesley Fofana for the first try aside, Clerc failed to get into the game enough.
13. Aurélien Rougerie – 6
Missed tackles and was beaten physically one on one, two things you never associate with the Clermont captain. Felt the pressure of Morrison & Lamont, and later on de Luca.
12. Wesley Fofana – 7
Not a great performance, but a very good one. Solid in defence, his line for his second try in two tests was excellent. Will get better with every set of 80 minutes.
11. Julian Malzieu – 7
Used his size well, making the crucial break down the left wing to set up Médard’s try.
10. François Trinh-Duc – 6
Less composed than normal, intimidated by the Scottish blitz. Coped well when moved to full back.
9. Morgan Parra – 7
One missed kick at goal aside, he was deadly accurate. Never has a bad game, unless played at fly half.
1. Jean-Baptiste Poux – 8
Top scrummaging performance. Saw off first Geoff Cross then Ed Kalman with ease. Spot secured.
2. Dimitri Szarzewski – 6
Good in the scrum, but struggled to find his targets at the lineout with Richie Gray flying around in front of him.
3. Nicolas Mas – 7
Very strong in the front row as well on his 52nd cap. Lacks competition off the bench though.
4. Pascal Papé – 6
Busy burrowing his way around the rucks trying to create that constant quick ball France found at their disposal.
5. Yoann Maestri – 7
Caught the eye with some big tackles and good work in the lineout. Not bad for a first start.
6. Thierry Dusautoir – 8
Anyone who makes 25 tackles in a match automatically gets an 8. Inspiring.
7. Imanol Harinordoquy – 6
Less active in the loose as we’ve seen in the past, but should take credit for helping create the quick ball at the rucks.
8. Louis Picamoles – 6
Solid but not spectacular. Didn’t make the barging runs upfield we’ve seen for Toulouse.
Vincent Debaty continued the good work at the scrum, whilst Lionel Beauxis came on and knocked over an easy drop goal.
by Ben Coles