France 25-13 England: Six Nations ratings from the Stade de France | Six Nations 2022

France

15 Melvyn Jaminet Dealt with first high ball well, knocked on the next but was not flustered. Has quickly developed into an integral member of this side. 8

14 Damian Penaud Last-ditch tackle on Marchant and showed what an elusive runner he can be in buildup to Dupont’s try. Such a tricky player. 7

13 Gael Fickou Knock-on after France had prized open England’s defense with a lovely set play but made amends with the opening try soon after. Key turnover too. 8

12 Jonathan Danty Storming run up the middle of the park and one remarkable kick over his shoulder. Another who can be pleased with performances throughout the tournament. 7

11 Gabin Villiere Lost first aerial duel with Steward but responded with turnover at the breakdown. Such impressive work rate just never stops. 8

10 Romain Ntamack Clever bouncing pass to Fickou for opening try and showed an authority that rarely wavered amid a packed-out stadium going bonkers. 7

9 Antoine Dupont (capt) Sacked Itoje, who was standing in at scrum-half. Fitting that the skipper ultimately settled a contest he marshalled so well. 9

1 Cyril Baille Such soft hands for a loosehead prop. Genge looked good in parts but Baille is setting new standards in the position. 8

2 Julien Marchand Not too many of his gallops in open field but no complaints about his set piece before Mauvaka took over. 6

3 Uini Atonio Fine performance at tighthead from a consistent performer throughout this championship. Had Genge’s number at the scrum. 8

4 Cameron Woki Enjoyed pitting his wits against Itoje at the lineout and around the field he probably edged that absorbing individual battle. 8

5 Paul Willemse Perform the role of enforcer for France. This feels like the campaign in which he has truly proved he belongs on this stage. 6

6 Francois Cros Delivered a telling blow just before half-time. Plays a key role in French gameplan of softening up opposing defence. 8

7 Anthony Jelonch Early knock-on but made a bullocking run down the left. Back-row is an area of ​​immense strength for France but Jelonch has justified his coach’s faith. 7

7 Gregory Alldritt Player of the tournament by a distance. Came up with crucial turnovers, tackles, carries and key assist for Dupont’s try. 9

Gregory Alldritt
Grégory Alldritt was an inspirational player for France throughout the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho/Shutterstock

Replacements: Big (for Yawn, 50) Solid 6; Mohamed Haouas (for Atonio, 55) n / A; Romain Taofifénua (for Willemse, 50) Added oomph 6; Thibaud Flament (for Woki, 72) n / A; Dylan Cretin (for Cros, 72) n / A; Maxime Lucu (for Dupont, 77) n / A; Thomas Ramos (for Jaminet, 77) n / A

England

15 George Furbank You cannot say the gamble paid off. One lovely pass to Nowell on left wing but a brain freeze when gathering Danty’s kick with a foot in touch. 4

14 Freddie Steward Roamed off his wing and had some joy in the air against France’s back three. Finished off a much-needed try too when England were on top. 8

13 Joe Marchant One of England’s best performers. Made some ground up the middle and almost evaded Penaud’s desperate tackle for a try. 7

12 Henry Slade Kept trying to find ways to create gaps in the French defense but rarely found a way though the wall of blue. Forced things a bit too much. 6

11 Jack Nowell Escaped punishment for taking Jaminet out in the air and suffered nasty looking injury that ended his evening with his next attempt. 4

10 Marcus Smith The odd goose step and carried out his instructions when it came to hoisting the ball high. Didn’t always look on the same page as those outside him. 5

Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith did not always appear to be on the same wavelength as his teammates. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

9 Ben Youngs Laborious at times and struggled to get England going. Kicking was fine, France knew exactly what to expect. Eddie Jones’s scrum-half policy still feels confused. 5

1 Ellis Genge Again gave everything with countless carries in the backfield and some heroic tackling. His scrummaging suffered as a result, though. 7

2 Jamie George Not able to reproduce his heroics against Ireland but it was not for lack of effort. Luke Cowan-Dickie likely to come back into side this summer. 6

3 Will Stuart Praised by Jones for his cameo against Ireland but didn’t reach the same heights here and was withdrawn with more than 30 minutes to go. 5

4 Maro Itoje Always tends to be one of England’s most eye-catching performers and will always exert some influence. France did well to shackle him, however. 7

5 Nick Isiekwe Got the nod in front of Joe Launchbury for his lineout work and few complaints about that. Offered England little else though. 5

6 Courtney Lawes (capt) Never threw in the towel and came to the fore early in the second half as England rallied but, in truth, a comeback was never likely. 6

7 Sam Underhill Largely anonymous in the first half after recall to back row but far more involved in the third quarter, thundering into everything that moved, before he was replaced. 6

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8 Sam Simmonds Almost dropped kick-off but settled thereafter. Has rarely managed to find the open spaces he craves throughout this tournament, however. 5

Replacements: Joe Marler (for Genge 65) Scrum did improve 6; Kyle Sinckler (for Stuart 49) A little off the pace 6; Ollie Chessum (for Isiekwe 63) Busy 7; Alex Dombrandt (for Underhill 65) Almost grabbed try with trademark running line 6; Harry Randall (for Youngs 65) Injected tempo 7; George Ford (for Furbank 77) n / A; Elliot Daly (for Nowell 26) Looked bright after another early introduction 6

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