RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v France

Wales:

15. Leigh Halfpenny – 8

Once again at full back, Halfpenny was excellent, especially under the high ball. That long-range penalty would have capped off his night in a deserved fashion.

14. George North – 7

North really threw his considerable frame around, as Wales looked to compensate for their lack of numbers. Some crashing runs in midfield that shook the French.

13. Jonathan Davies – 6

Davies struggled to get into the game as a result of strong French defending, but still held his own.

12. Jamie Roberts – 8

Wales’s most affective attacking weapon. Some terrific runs right through the heart of the French defence.

11. Shane Williams – 6

It was one of those games when space was at a premium, and the winger never managed to find the gaps. Probed vigorously with ball in hand and combined well with his fellow backs.

10. James Hook – 4

Unfortunately his lack of game time at ten was very evident. Choke on the big stage and will desperately want to forget his missed kicks and defensive slips in the first-half.

9. Mike Phillips – 8

A moment of brilliance for the try capped off a typically abrasive showing from Phillips. Questionable accuracy with his box kicking, but coped manfully behind a seven-man pack.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 7.5

Understandably quieter in the loose, but produced a scrummaging performance that helped Wales at least have parity, in that area of the game.

2. Huw Bennett – 5

The lineout imploded as Bennett cracked under the mounting pressure at the set piece. As committed as ever though.

3. Adam Jones – Not on long enough.

It was ominous for Wales when one of their key men in Jones was forced off injured so early on.

4. Luke Charteris – 7

A determined effort from the lock, notably in defence. Struggled at times to impose himself in the tight against a French side who had the edge up front.

5. Alun Wyn Jones – 7

An impressive work rate. Also filled the leadership role left by Warburton very well.

6. Danny Lydiate – 7

Missed his openside partner massively, but still produced a massive effort to reduce the dominance of Bonnaire and Dusatoir at the breakdown.

7. Sam Warburton – 5

The dream turned into a nightmare. It would be very easy to dwell on what might have been, had they not had to play an hour with fourteen men, but Wales need to move on, however unjust it may feel, within the context of similar decisions in the tournament.

8. Toby Faletau – 8

A much needed performance from a player who is still only 20 years old. Wales needed a massive ball-carrying effort and Faletau more than stepped up to the plate.

Replacements:

16. Lloyd Burns – N/A

Not used.

17. Paul James – 6

After initially struggling following his early introduction for Adam Jones, James steadied up a Welsh scrum that looked to be in serious trouble. Didn’t make any significant contributions around the park, other than to give away a needless penalty.

18. Bradley Davies – 7

On for the final twenty minutes, and mad some impressive carries, as Wales desperately tried to gain a foothold in the French 22.

19. Ryan Jones – 6

The former captain was a combative presence for the final 25 minutes, after replacing Lydiate, but perhaps the carrying ability of Andy Powell may have been what Wales really needed.

20. Lloyd Williams – N/A

Not used.

21. Stephen Jones – 6

His tactical kicking forced France back into there 22, and Wales to be in the territorial ascendancy. However, for a player of all his experience, not to even try a drop goal after his first scuffed effort, was mind boggling.

22. Scott Williams – N/A

Not used.

by Paul French

3 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v France

  1. Thought Ryan Jones was pretty poor when he came on. Often knocked backwards in the tackle

    Hook really struggled. It doesn’t look like he has game or the nerves to be an effective fly-half at this level. More and more convinced that he should only be considered in the centre

    Wales really missed Priestland.

  2. Stephen Jones should never play for Wales again. In fact the coward should never play rugby again. He didn’t step up to the plate when a drop goal was on to win the match. I’m Irish and cheered for Wales but that gobshite shoud be ashamed of himself for not trying at least.

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