Player ratings: Ten steps behind

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:48
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Midfield monster

The French gave New Zealand a good run for their money, but ultimately fell short - losing 13-23 in Auckland on Saturday.

The visitors would have gained some confidence from the first match in a three-Test series, but they will know they were off the pace of a very good All Black team

At least they know that they were competitive, if nothing else.

Jan de Koning rates the French players!

15 Yoann Huget:
His kicking out of hand was good, but knocked the ball on after being put into a huge gap in the second half. Again showed great hands after the break and was solid allround - made a few errors late in the game.

14 Adrien Plante:
Showed some great running skills and found a great gap late in the first half. Made good ground with a couple of his runs and set up a great counter in the second half, only for Picamoles to butcher it.

13 Florian Fritz:
Great gap for first try, even though some may claim it was because Ma'a Nonu was tripped by one of his own teammates. He often troubled the All Black defence.

12 Wesley Fofana:
Was a big threat on attack and combined will with Fritz, but was well marked by an impressive Ma'a Nonu.

11 Maxime Medard:
Had a very quiet game and missed a crucial tackle.

10 Camille Lopez:
Has a pretty decent boot on him and not a bade step either. His distribution skills showed why he was preferred ahead of Frederic Michalak.

9 Maxime Machenaud:
Did the basics well, but doesn't have a good kicking game, Was injured early in the second half .

8 Louis Picamoles:
Great turnover  in first half, showed his awareness. There were plenty of strong carries and won a crucial turnover and then took a great ball out of the air. He did put the ball down with an open tryline, but still France's best forward.

7 Fulgence Ouedraogo:
Replaced late in the first half after a quiet game - could have been carrying an injury.

6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain):
As always a workhorse and very influential in the game. His defence was simply inspirational and he took the ball up well.

5 Yoann Maestri:
A few decent carries, and worked hard on defence. However, his workrate could have been better at the breakdown.

4 Sebastien Vahaamahina:
Struggled to make any ground with ball in hand and his handling skills also let him down. Won a few turnovers.

3 Luc Ducalcon:
Couple of scrum penalties conceded, but made some decent tackles and had a few carries.

2 Dimitri Szarzewski:
Worked hard, even though he did not always make much ground with ball in hand, he was good value to his team.

1 Thomas Domingo:
Good early penalty turnover, but penalised at scrum time - real ding-dong battle with Owen Franks in the scrums.


16 Guilhem Guirado (on for Szarzewski, 57):
His first line-out throw was not straight and his workrate was not that great either.

17 Vincent Debaty (on for Ducalcon, 51):
Penalised at scrum time after numerous resets. A few ineffective runs.

18 Daniel Kotze (on for Domingo, 51):
Penalised after several collapsed scrums soon after coming on. Also missed a tackle and made no other contribution worth noting.

19 Alexandre Flanquart (on for Maestri, 70):
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Yannick Nyanga (on for Ouedraogo, 36):
Worked very hard on defence and did not miss a single tackle. The legs might be getting older, but the body is still very willing.

21 Jean-Marc Doussain (on for Machenaud, 42):
Had a few ineffective snipes and was basically just a link.

22 Frederic Michalak (on for Lopez, 65):
Popped up at scrumhalf and flyhalf after coming on. He still has great skills, but just not consistent enough.

23 Maxime Mermoz (on for Fritz, 69):
Not enough time to be rated.