France vs New Zealand player ratings – .

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France vs New Zealand player ratings – .


Notes from French players: It was billed as the biggest game in the Fall Nations Series from a neutral standpoint and it didn’t fail to deliver.
This is the first time the All Blacks have lost in Paris since 1973 and the first time they have lost to France in nine years.

NOTES FROM PLAYERS FROM FRANCE:

15. MELVYN JAMINET – 8
Danced on the pitch occasionally, a second-half breakout will have had viewers on the edge of their seats, as will a late charge for the line that was thwarted. An intelligent and conscientious sweeper.

14. DAMIAN PENAUD – 7.5
Showed his remarkable offensive prowess, slicing through the All Blacks’ defense ahead of Ntamack’s try. Hidden defense is a major job though, falling on tackles and being sidelined by Jordie Barrett in the second half… but he’s so good with the ball.

13. GAEL FICKOU – 8.5
It’s hard to believe that Fickou is only 27, having been a hallmark of French rugby – both nationally and internationally – for so long. Now the senior statesman of the French bottom line, it is his decision-making that stands out. Composed, powerful and skillful here.

12. JONATHAN DANTY – 8
Exploded on contact like a heavyweight boxer beating an overwhelmed opponent, evoking the memories of a young Mathieu Bastareaud. A little out of breath in the second half, which is quite forgivable under the circumstances.

11. GABIN VILLIÈRE – 7
He started the game late and was written off early in his career, but Villière was clearly born to play the game. Turning his back on Rieko Ioane was a cardinal sin – a particularly naive defense.

10. ROMAIN NTAMACK – 8
How not to shout for joy when Ntamack made his way through the whitewash for France’s second try. Dominated Mo’unga before he was pulled.

9. ANTOINE DUPONT – 9
The best scrum-half in the world brought it in, both in defense and attack. Maybe he sometimes takes too much, or rather that France is counting on him too much. Some of his long ball passes were a bit agricultural – but it’s drawing criticism. Its good.

8. GREGORY ALLDRITT – 8
The young captain was heavily involved in the first-half assault and the ubiquitous cuts and bruises on his face at 80 minutes told their own story.

7. FRANCOIS CROS – 7.5
A good example of the French backrow prototype of the last days. Tall, athletic and punchy. A defensive brick wall and has a big diesel engine on it.

6. ANTHONY JELONCH – 7.5
Another solid French teak that hasn’t given up an inch. Like Cros, tireless.

5. PAUL WILLEMSE – 7.5
No longer tilting the scales at 21 stones, the athleticism of this refined giant continues to impress. Did a lot of work but tied in the second half.

4. CAMERON WOKI – 8
Although no rookie, Woki has brought a different look to the France pack this season, he is at home in Fabien Galthie’s engine room despite his slender frame. A strong shift of stopped part and a handle in the loose. Should he have given that ball away in the 63rd minute? May be.

3. UINI ANTONIO – 7.5
The boy was the giant flaming skull for this one – playing in your homeland will do rugby. He emptied himself on the ground.

2. PEATO MAUVAKA – 8.5
Another player who had a decisive season for the Blues, the All Blacks struggled to contain him closely. Five tries in four games in the fall – Mr Mauvaka has officially arrived, although a few blunders here shone a fine performance.

1. CYRIL BAILLE – 7.5
Lots of choices and jams from the coward, who held their end of the bargain in the fray.

SUBSTITUTES:
Demba Bamba and Thibaud Flament drew attention and Maxime Lucu made some great contributions.

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