RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales Player Ratings v France

15. Leigh Halfpenny – 7
Assured at the back again and threatening with ball in hand. Kicks were crucial.

14. Alex Cuthbert – 7
Has grown in stature throughout the tournament, beginning with a quiet debut before supplanting George North as Wales’ most dangerous back. Took his try superbly.

13. Jon Davies – 8
Carried the ball exceptionally well throughout and presence was felt in defence too.

12. Jamie Roberts – 6
Well shackled in defence by France’s centres, so sought to use the boot to very good effect at times. Excellent in defence.

11. George North – 6
Defences have been wise to North since a blistering start to the tournament and France were no different. Exceptional work-rate and ran hard all afternoon

10. Rhys Priestland – 6
Interesting that he returned to kicking duties before relinquishing them again after an early miss, but continued to test the French defence with a number of probing up-and-unders. Game still punctuated by occasional poor errors.

9. Mike Phillips – 6
France clearly tried to attack Wales from the source but Phillips responded and controlled the game from the base well.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 7
Solid in the scrum and the work rate of a top class flanker.

2. Matthew Rees – 6
Performed well and Grand Slam glory must be particularly sweet for the hooker who was forced to miss the World Cup.

3. Adam Jones – 7
Fine scrum performance and worked hard in the loose.

4. Alun Wyn Jones – 6
Crucial turnover for Cuthbert’s try and worked hard all afternoon.

5. Ian Evans – 8
Performed well in what has been an excellent tournament for the Ospreys’ lock. Wales have gone through a number of second row combinations throughout the five games but Evans has been an ever-present force. Line-out work underrated.

6. Dan Lydiate – 9.5
Simply outstanding. Quite excellent in all departments and caps off a brilliant tournament. Near absolute perfection for a blindside flanker.

7. Sam Warburton – 6
Quiet game from the captain, who was withdrawn at half-time with a shoulder injury. Shame that his tournament has been so blighted by injury woes.

8. Toby Faletau – 7
Charged around to good effect and easily outshone Imanol Harinordoquy in their individual battle.

Replacements:
Ryan Jones was magnificent after replacing Sam Warburton and Ken Owens was similarly impressive.

11 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales Player Ratings v France

  1. Did Lydiate knock it on once ? That is where he lost the half mark perhaps ! Awesome display there must be a few French players with shins like balloons at the moment . . Just voted for him for man of the tournament I think with the Welsh defence setting a new point/tries against record for the tournament it’s probably apt that this should go to such a destructive player .

  2. Only 9.5 for Lydiate? Oh and Priestland took the first kick because Halfpenny was having attention from the physios, it didn’t show it on the telly but it was evident at the ground. Ask me how I know, I know coz I was there

  3. Spot on for Lydiate. I was at the game but have also watched the recording since (once or twelve times…) and he was just incredible. He launches himself at peope’s ankles like a missle with no thought for his own life or limb. Chops them down where they stand. He had so many standout moments including the tackle that led to him playing scrum half for the match winning try… incredible.

    As has already been said, 1/2p was injured for the first kick. I thought Priestland was a 7, he played the gameplan, Edwards has come out and said that the refereeing of the breakdown the previous weekend made them reluctantly revert to a kicking game as the attacking side was losing the decision so much. Better to belt it down the other half and see how it goes than go for a counter attack in your own 22 when the defending team now seem to have the edge in the decisions at rucks.

    1. A valid point about the refereeing. Was Roland the ref for your game. As Brian Moore said in the France v England game, “I’m not impressed that he can speak French, as it just means he is getting it wrong in two languages”.

      1. It was Joubert. The general consensus seems to be that the IRB intervened at some point in this 6 nations and the refs went back to strict breakdown refereeing again, just as they did back around the time of the ELVs.

        You could argue that strict refereeing is a good thing if clear and consistent, but in this case the rules are not fit and just create a situation where attacking teams avoid any risk, especially when they are in front on the scoreboard. They need to sort it out. They also need to sort out all of that fannying around at the base of rucks. I’m glad we won but could have done without watching Phillips stare at the ball for five mins at every ruck after half time.

  4. Congratulations (well deserved) to the very good Welsh side who won a deserved Grand Slam. I missed the first half of this game as I was meandering back from the Stadio Olimpico to find a bar.

    Wales seemed to panic like the All Blacks did in the RWC Final, but got away with it. Halfpenny’s composure deserves a mention, as does of course Lydiate who performed better than I have seen him do before. The Welsh back row, with no injuries, could become one of the All Time European greats (Back, Hill and Dallaglio are their target).

    Not necessarily the right place to say this, but anyone know what Harinordoquy was doing 5 metres from the line in the last ten minutes. “How to butcher a try scoring opportunity”

    Once more, congratulations from an Englishman who is deliriously happy with his own side’s efforts.

  5. I think 9.5 is fair for Lydiate. After all, 10 would be a perfect game and it nearly was. Nearly… Some talent though.

  6. Could any Welsh fans telll me who to keep an eye on coming through to play in the front row for wales. I’m intrigued and worried the talented backs wont get the service they need to cut loose without the solidity Jenkins and Jones give in the scrums.

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