15. Leigh Halfpenny: 7.5
Racked up a 17-point haul with another accurate kicking display. He looked sharp and ambitious in attack and asked plenty of questions of Les Bleus, but he had very little to do in open play for most of the match, as the Welsh defensive wall stood strong.
14. Alex Cuthbert: 6
The Welsh winger used his size and strength to great effect in defence. He held the Frenchmen up, slowed their ball, and grappled stragglers into touch. But he was once again starved of the ball and he did not get much of a chance to stretch his long legs.
13. George North: 6
Made some powerful bursts, and looked dangerous throughout. He was rewarded for his perseverance, when some calamitous French cover gifted him his 16th international try. But he struggled with the defensive responsibilities of the midfield and missed six tackles, including one on Mathieu Bastareaud that nearly cost a try.
12. Jamie Roberts: 7.5
His unique blend of brute strength and deft handling tormented the French defence. He regularly bullied his way over the gain line and provided Wales with plenty of impetus.
11. Liam Williams: 6
Williams was very solid on the Welsh flank, defending staunchly, and the few times the French kicked to his corner, the winger covered comfortably. But he was also given very little ammunition and even less room to manoeuvre.
10. Rhys Priestland: 7
Rhys Webb’s service complemented Priestland, who set his backline in motion throughout with plenty of pace and fluidity. Made some important tackles when he dropped in behind to cover the Welsh line.
9. Rhys Webb: 8
Fully justified his selection. He was instrumental in raising the tempo of the game with brisk and accurate distribution. Webb obviously does not have the physical presence of his predecessor, but he made a significant contribution to the defensive effort with nine tackles.
1. Gethin Jenkins: 7
Jenkins proved that he was back to full fitness with a colossal defensive display, and despite ending face down in the turf on some occasions just about held his own at the scrum. He was sent to the bin when Alain Rolland eventually lost patience, but he made amends when he returned from by dismantling Nicholas Mas.
2. Richard Hibbard: 6
It was another fairly anonymous outing for Hibbard, who carried with his usual intent but rarely made it over the gain line and made little impact in the loose. But he was not at fault for the collapsed scrums and he hit his lineout jumpers with accuracy.
3. Adam Jones: 6
Answered questions surrounding his scrummaging by effectively combating the craft of Thomas Domingo, but he did still concede two penalties at the set piece. He looked a lot more energetic in the loose, with some thumping tackles, although he did not make a single carry.
4. Luke Charteris: 7
Charteris was absolutely everywhere as he cut down French runners with gusto. He did a great job at the front of the welsh lineout and provided some much-needed stability to that area of the Welsh set piece, which had struggled recent weeks.
5. Jake Ball: 6.5
Ball seized the opportunity to stake a bold claim for the no.5 shirt. He played with a lot of intensity and determination, and showed plenty of attacking intent with the ball in hand.
6. Dan Lydiate: 8
Typically immense in defence. After a frustrating outing in Ireland, Lydiate seemed to be in his element, as he flew off the line and hammered anything in a blue shirt throughout this contest. Unsurprisingly, he topped the tackle count with 15.
7. Sam Warburton: 8.5
Warburton was phenomenal, tackling vigorously, carrying with intent and stepping up to take charge of the lineout in the absence of Alun-Wyn Jones. Eventually imposed himself on the breakdown and made some crucial turnovers. Topped his performance off with a brilliantly finished try.
8. Tauluape Faletau: 6.5
Faletau was faultless throughout and got the over the gain line whenever he was called upon. He ground out the hard yards and cleared up well at the base of an inconsistent Welsh scrum. Displayed plenty of physicality as he confronted the raw power of the French pack.
Rhodri Jones seemed to struggle in the scrum when he came on, whereas Paul James destroyed his fellow substitute Vincent Debaty during Jenkins and Mas’ sin-bin sabbatical. Ken Owens, once again, looked impressive after his introduction, and will be pushing for Hibbard’s starting jersey.
By Nathan Hyde (@NathanHyde2)