15. Clément Poitrenaud – 5
Purely a stop gap until Maxime Médard is fit again and it shows. Poor afternoon.
14. Wesley Fofana – 6
Good try-scoring tackle in the opening minutes, but he far better deployed in the centres. Disappointing end to a great first championship.
13. Aurélien Rougerie – 6
Did the defensive work required to contain Jamie Roberts, but is not a link man in attack. Perhaps time for a re-think as to whether he is a Test centre.
12. Florian Fritz – 6
Fairly uninspiring selection and he never truly threatened going forward.
11. Alexis Palisson – 7
Good to see him back on the international stage. One calamitous high ball aside, he was strong.
10. Lionel Beauxis – 4
Far too one-dimensional. Programmed to kick and little else, meaning France failed to make the most of their possession.
9. Dimitri Yachvili – 6
Was never going to be any worse than Dupuy. Kicked well but didn’t dictate as we’ve seen him do in the past.
1. Jean-Baptiste Poux – 7
Went well in the scrum and had to make an exceedingly high number of tackle in the loose for a prop.
2. William Servat – 8
The game will be a poorer place without him. May have departed early but left everything on the pitch.
3. David Attoub – 6
Worked hard scrapping at the breakdown. Not easy to come in for a player of Nicolas Mas’ quality.
4. Pascal Papé – 6
Never rumbled in the same way as we saw him do against England and the lineout lacked dominance. Good tournament overall.
5. Yoann Maestri – 6
Very much a work in progress, but one that should bring promising results.
6. Thierry Dusautoir – 8
Majestic. Feeds off breakdowns and tackles. The French defensive glue.
7. Julien Bonnaire – 6
The ignominy of Cuthbert racing past him will not be the way he hoped to finish Test rugby. That is, if he has decided to retire after all. Second best.
8. Imanol Harinordoquy – 6
Butchered a try scoring pass to Picamoles and failed to get on top of Faletau and Lydiate.
Jean-Marcellin Buttin did well in a tough debut coming on early for Poitrenaud, whilst Szarzewski and Debaty brought typical ballast of the bench.
by Ben Coles