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Player ratings: A game of inches

However, it turned out the Wallabies won the moments that mattered and also the game – 25-23.


It was indeed a game of 'inches' in which a few crucial decisions by individuals could have changed the result.

Jan de Koning rates the French players!

15 Scott Spedding:

A very selfish player that cost his team an almost certain win because he opted to run when he should have passed.


14 Noa Nakaitaci:

He caused all kinds of havoc with the ball in hand – with two great clean break and beating more than a handful of defenders.


13 Remi Lamerat:

Another Frenchman who had a great game with ball in hand, but spoilt an otherwise great day at the office with slipping some crucial tackles.


12 Wesley Fofana:

Arguably France's most productive backline player and he made all his tackles in a game where the defence of both teams were tested to the limits.



11 Virimi Vakatawa:

It was clear the French were keen on using his powerful running to expose the Wallabies out wide, but he turned over a few balls.


10 Jean-Marc Doussain:

Was tested on defence and stood his ground. His distribution skills were also good and had a couple of decent runs.


9 Maxime Machenaud:

The general in the French backline and his goal-kicking is also vital.


8 Louis Picamoles:

He was closely marked when he had the ball in hand and his defence was, mostly, solid.



7 Kevin Gourdon:

He will still grow into his role in the national team. Hard-working and solid.


6 Charles Ollivon:

Did the basics very well and a key player on defence.


5 Yoann Maestri:

Solid and hard-working, but not his best game.


4 Sebastian Vahaamahina:

He struggled with the pace of the game at times and slipped a few tackles.


3 Uini Atonio:

Strong in the scrums and made some impressive carries, but missed as many tackles as he made.


2 Guilhem Guirado:

The captain had a tough day at the office. Apart from his running debates with the referee, he also missed a few tackles.


1 Cyril Baille:

He did the basics well – scrums and defence, but was on the wrong end of a few penalties.



16 Camille Chat (on for Guirado, 64th min):

Struggled with the pace of the game and his impact was minimal.


17 Xavier Chiocci (on for Baille, 64th min):

Was impressive in the scrums, but did very little outside the set pieces.


18 Rabah Slimani (on for Atonio, 64th min):

Another front row  forward who used all his energy in the set pieces.


19 Julien Le Devedec (on for  Vahaamahina, 64th min):

His workrate left a lot to be desired, especially when the game was crying out for something special from the 'impact' players.


20 Damien Chouly (on for Picamoles, 72nd min):

Not enough time to be rated.

21 Baptiste Serin (on for Machenaud, 74th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

22 Camille Lopez (in for Doussain, 57th min):

He did not made the desired impact, but was solid on defence.


23 Gael Fickou (on for Fickou, 69th min):

Not enough time to be rated.


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