France player ratings: Charles Ollivon inspires Les Bleus to victory over Scotland

Jared Wright
France players Charles Ollivon and Gabin Villiere in the rugby world cup warm up match against Scotland

Charles Ollivon produced a match-winning performance against Scotland.

Following France’s 30-27 victory over Scotland in their second Rugby World Cup warm-up match, here are our player ratings.

France player ratings v Scotland

15 Thomas Ramos: The full-back’s boot ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides, with his six penalties and 15 points edging France over the line. He also brilliantly assisted Charles Ollivon, threading an excellent pass between the Scottish scrambling defence. However, he was nowhere as effective when he shifted to fly-half and had lapses in defence at full-back and number 10. 7

14 Damian Penaud: Always on hand to pounce on a try-scoring opportunity, and he did not disappoint. He made an excellent last-ditch tackle in the build-up to Duhan van der Merwe’s try. Did go missing at times, particularly on defence, which could have cost France more.7

13 Gael Fickou: France’s defensive captain will not be pleased with Scotland running in four tries while he also conceded a penalty in the final moments of the match that gave Scotland a chance to win it. Not the finest outing from the influential star centre. 5

12 Jonathan Danty: A standard performance from the big man, which isn’t a bad thing. He was a handful with his carries, drawing in multiple bodies and getting over the gain line regularly. He made his tackles too, and won a turnover; he was another who was missed when forced off the pitch. 6

11 Gabin Villiere: Cruelly denied a try in the latter stages of the match by an incredible tackle by Ollie Smith. It’s great to see the brilliant winger back in action, but he isn’t back at his best despite flashes of excellence and being a pest at the breakdown. 6

The Dupont-Ntamack axis

10 Romain Ntamack: Has a knack for scoring key tries, and today was no different. He ran an excellent line off the shoulder of Dupont to put his side ahead. While it wasn’t a trademark Ntamack showing, France’s game management fell apart when he left the pitch.6

9 Antoine Dupont: The man is a freak. He played a massive role in France’s blitz shortly before and after halftime assisting Ntamack and Ramos and sparked the attack that led to Ollivon’s score. He kicked wonderfully out of hand, even bursting a ball, and made some furious hits on defence. 8

Tireless loose trio

8 Gregory Alldritt: The burly number eight shook off the rust in this game with some uncharacteristic errors. However, he was still at the coalface of France’s success making 12 tackles and carries, gaining over 40 metres. 7

7 Charles Ollivon: France could well have suffered back-to-back defeats had it not been for the brilliant ex-captain on the flank. He topped the tackle count, scored a stellar try through sheer work rate to get in the position and contested the last lineout sublimely to seal the victory. 8

6 Paul Boudehent: Another impressive shift from the La Rochelle rookie who is making the most of his time in the saddle. He tirelessly thundered into rucks and tackles, and although he dipped off in the latter stages, it was still a solid performance. 6

Tight five

5 Thibaud Flament: A very average performance by his lofty standards. He was key at the lineouts and breakdown but not nearly as impactful on defence or in attack. 5

4 Cameron Woki: The athletic forward was another busy forward for Les Bleus. Like his second-row partner, not quite at his best but still impactful on both sides of the ball. 6

3 Dorian Aldegheri: Renowned at Toulouse for his solid performances, and he produced that for France. He made his presence known at scrum time while being effective on defence. 6

2 Julien Marchand: Ticked all the right boxes as he hit his lineout jumpers, was part of a strong scrum and pilfered at the rucks. Not quite his usual impactful self on attack, but still a tidy shift. 6

1 Cyril Baille: Fabien Galthie will be sweating over his loosehead prop’s fitness after he was forced off the pitch 10 minutes into the second half. The 29-year-old made his tackles and proved to be tricky for WP Nel in the scrums. 6

Replacements: Scotland had a fair few opportunities to steal the win when Galthie started to ring the changes. While Louis Bielle-Bairrey added some spark on attack, he was caught out of position for Kyle Steyn’s second score. Bastien Chalureau landed a few mighty tackles, but overall, it was a dour impact from the bench. 5

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