6N:2011 – Ireland v France Player ratings

14 02 2011

Luke Fitzgerald – 5
Made a superb early break, but as the game went on looked uncomfortable under the high ball, then again, who wouldn’t, with the specter of Rougerie bearing down on you!

Fergus McFadden – 6
Took his try well, did all the hard work in it’s creation and got to finish. Looked like he enjoyed playing in this immensely physical game.

Brian O’Driscoll – 7
Inspirational  as ever, nothing less than 100% from the captain. His hit on Rougerie had him seeing stars in a similar vein to Wilkinsons hit on Masi in the Italian game.

Gordon D’arcy – 4
another mistake strewed afternoons work for D’arcy, was at fault for the missed tackle on Rougerie that lead up to the French try. Needs serious improvement.

Keith Earls – 6
Had a bit of a shaky start with some nervous mistakes but made up for it in the 2nd half, beautiful chip through that showed his creativity. Unlucky not to be rewarded with a try on the day.

Jonathon Sexton – 7
Had a good game but for one missed conversion, his substitution did not reflect on his game, was tactical.

Tomas O’Leary – 5
Improved on last week’s labored distribution, But still has allot of work to do, started well with plenty of quick ball but as the game rolled-on, he slipped back into the two-step pass.

Cian Healy – 7
Credit where it’s due, Healy had a great game, stood up well to the French front-row, Easily Ireland’s best scrummager on the day.

Rory Best – 5
Had a decent game, set-pieces were improved from last week. Was at fault for the late lineout mess up in the second half.

Mike Ross – 6
Made a nice break to setup O’Leary’s try, had a good day in the scrum, will improve with more exposure at this level.

Donncha O’Callaghan – 6
Another good day at the office for Donncha, displayed great aggression and physicality from early on. Did a solid job at the lineout and restarts have improved too. Got pinged once or twice by Pearson would be the only negative aspect of his days work.

Paul O’Connell – 6
Solid performance from the Munster lock, still settling in at international pace, dominated the lineout and had many an aerial dual with Harinordoquy.

Sean O’Brien – 7
The backrow trio functioned well against France, O’Brien had some gig carries and displayed some deft handling skills that belies a player his size.

David Wallace – 7
Immense in defense, seemed to be involved in every ruck. Had some barnstorming carries that setup both the first and last tries.

Jamie Heaslip – 7
A quiet start but once up to the pace of the game contributed well. Didn’t look like a player that had been out of the game 5 weeks!

Replacements:

Tom Court – 4
Replaced Healy midway through the 2nd half. Got penalised at the scrum twice, didn’t look comfortable at all.

Ronan O’Gara – 6
Change of tactic midway through the second half saw ROG come on, almost immediately put his stamp on the game with a perfectly measured kick to the corner.

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