Six Nations 2013 England v France: France player ratings

15. Yoann Huget: 6
A couple of mazy runs and well-fielded kicks but as England asserted their dominance in the second half there was little chance for him to do either.

14. Vincent Clerc: 5
Not the saviour France were hoping for. On his day a world-class finished but looked sluggish at times.

13. Mathieu Bastareaud: 5
Comprehensively outplayed by opposite man and fellow heavyweight Manu Tuilagi. Was shackled easily by Barritt and friends.

12. Wesley Fofana: 8
Looked quite good in the centre, didn’t he? Full of pace and power for his try (albeit exploiting some woeful tackling), he was a threat all afternoon.

11. Benjamin Fall: 5
Like his back three chums took some high balls well but did little else. Will need to show more to keep his place in future.

10. François Trinh-Duc: 7
Looked composed and managed to get his back-line going in a manner that had been lacking so far. Bafflingly replaced by Michalak after 50 minutes.

9. Morgan Parra: 7
Formed an effective partnership with Trinh-Duc and did everything well that he always does – namely kicking, tackling and distributing. Another to be bizarrely substituted when playing well.

1. Thomas Domingo: 8
Had Dan Cole, regarded as none-too-shabby in the scrum, in all sorts of trouble all afternoon. Same applies re substitutions as the two players above, and their scrum was significantly weaker once he left.

2. Benjamin Kayser: 6
Only lost one line-out on his throw but was equally as anonymous in the loose as the man he replaced.

3. Nicolas Mas: 7
Along with Domingo bossed the scrummaging until they were both replaced. Gave Marler a harsh lesson.

4. Christophe Samson: 6
Stole an important line-out in his own twenty-two but was largely anonymous apart from that.

5. Yoann Maestri: 5
The elder statesman at a young age in the engine room without captain Papé, and another forward who faded badly in the second half.

6. Yannick Nyanga: 6
Made some important tackles and was obvious in the line-out, but other than that offered very little – much like most of his teammates.

7. Thierry Dusautoir: 6
Always gives his all and was again top of France’s tackle stats with 10, but he is not influencing games like he used to. Perhaps captaincy is too much of a burden so close to his return from an injury lay-off.

8. Louis Picamoles: 8
Perhaps guilty of fading in the last twenty minutes, but was titanic until then. 17 carries (a staggering eight more than anyone else in blue) and 81 metres made (also more than anyone else) is a superb effort in a losing cause.

This is where the real failure was. What was Saint-André thinking bringing Trinh-Duc, Parra and Domingo, three of their best performers, off in the space of ten minutes? Their replacements were woefully insufficient: Machenaud just looks average in the test match arena, Michalak was back at his mercurial worst and Ducalcon was beaten up by the previously ineffective Cole. Aside from that, Claasen was fairly irrelevant on debut and Fritz didn’t have long enough to influence things. Saint-André must take the lions share of the blame, as France looked competitive until he made all the changes.

By Jamie Hosie

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6 thoughts on “Six Nations 2013 England v France: France player ratings

  1. Think some of these look low. France were certainly the best team fo 40+ minutes. Thought Huget was good, 7 or 8. Parra should have been an 8 and the backrow won the battle of the breakdown for much of the game, so maybe 7’s for Nyanga and Dusautoir. Thought Kayser did well but Locks were anonymous.

  2. Would have given 7s to Nyanga and Dusautoir given France had the better of the breakdown for a lot of the game. 8.5 for Picamoles and Domingo (completely dominating one of the best rated props in world rugby has to be more than an 8).

  3. sinner-andre gets a 2 for at least starting with the correct team but then giving the game away to England. Im happy he did so but he must be going mad or he had a flutter on England to win.

  4. Nyanga was a pest at the breakdown – thought that until the england front 5 established dominance in the last 20 he was more prominent than Dusatoir – worth a 7. Other than that I can’t quibble too much.

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