15. Maxime Médard – 7
Strong in defence, controlled, how very un-Gallic of him. One of their best performers in the tournament.
14. Vincent Clerc – 6
Solid, didn’t make the breaks we’re used to seeing but another good display. Biggest involvement came with the Warburton incident
13. Aurélien Rougerie – 6
Outplayed by Jamie Roberts, didn’t make as much ground as we saw against England.
12. Maxime Mermoz – 7
Handy kicking option when under pressure, should have taken advantage of the extra man.
11. Alexis Palisson – 6
A surprising selection over Cédric Heymans, given that he was rather ineffective.
10. Morgan Parra – 7
Couldn’t get his backs into space enough despite their numerical advantage. Threatened with moments of individual brilliance.
9. Dimitri Yachvili – 7
His thigh injury shut him down, but he is France’s most important player, given his boot and presence.
1. Jean-Baptiste Poux – 8
Unfancied at the start of the tournament when competing with Fabian Barcella, but played a blinder in the scrum.
2. William Servat – 7
Pure class, one of France’s best hookers. Relished the scrums and his lineout work was efficent.
3. Nicolas Mas – 7
Will already be getting excited about facing Tony Woodcock. Big performance again from Mr Perpignan.
4. Pascal Pape – 7
Another solid pack performance, niggled and hustled Wales all day at the ruck.
5. Lionel Nallet – 7
Caused Wales nightmares at the lineout, typically physical at the breakdown. A former captain playing with grace.
6. Thierry Dusautoir – 8
Great performance from the captain. Kept his team calm when hysteria nearly took over them towards the end.
7. Julian Bonnaire – 7
Understated next to Dusautoir and Harinordoquy, but still effective.
8. Imanol Harinordoquy – 6
Yet to see him really devastate sides in the loose as we have in the past, but worked well in the lineout winning ball at the back.
Szarzewski caught the eye the most bursting off the bench, and Julian Pierre was typically robust when on for Pape.
by Ben Coles