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Quiet game from the captain, who was withdrawn at half-time with a shoulder injury.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.
Ryan Jones was magnificent after replacing Sam Warburton and Ken Owens was similarly impressive.