France player ratings: Damian Penaud, Gregory Alldritt and Matthieu Jalibert shine against Italy

Adam Kyriacou
France wing Damian Penaud after scoring against Italy.

France wing Damian Penaud after scoring against Italy.

Following their 60-7 victory over Italy at OL Stadium in Lyon in a result that secures top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool A, here’s our player ratings France.

15 Thomas Ramos: Solid enough off the tee and took his first-half try very well indeed. Finished with an assist as well as 20 points off the tee before he was wrapped in cotton wool. 8

14 Damian Penaud: Makes rugby look so easy and his first try actually was as he strolled over. Set up wing partner Louis Bielle-Biarrey with a cross-kick and received one of his own before the first half was out, collecting and grounding with ease. There are few, if any, better wings in world rugby right now. 9

13 Gael Fickou: Enjoyed the breakout from his own 22 that ultimately led to Peato Mauvaka’s try. Otherwise it was solid if not spectacular from Fickou as others grabbed the headlines. 6

12 Jonathan Danty: Quiet by his recent standards but no less effective as the French midfield stood firm. He finished with nine tackles and eight carries in an honest night’s work. 6

11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey: Had plenty to do after collecting Penaud’s cross-kick but took his try superbly well. Looks right at home on the biggest of stages we’ve nothing to suggest the occasion might get to him. 7

10 Matthieu Jalibert: Oozed class in the first half, typified by that cross-kick under pressure that found Penaud for his second try. Backed that up with a silky finish in the second period and a lovely pass out for Yoram Moefana’s try. One of his best performances in a French jersey. What a player. 9

9 Maxime Lucu: An armchair ride as Antoine Dupont watched on. Lucu is quality in his own right and took the right options as France kept the tempo high. Remains to be seen if he’ll start the quarter-final but France can have confidence if Dupont doesn’t make it. 6

8 Gregory Alldritt: More than a willing carrier with a whopping 20 racked up on the night while he also topped his team’s tackle count with 15. He just never stops for Les Bleus and won the Player of the Match award ahead of Penaud and Jalibert. 9

7 Charles Ollivon: Such a difficult player to stop on the gainline due to his footwork and knack of riding the contact. A typically assured performance from the great flanker before coming off on 55 minutes. 7

6 Anthony Jelonch: The French back-row is a thing of beauty whether is Francois Cros or Jelonch in the number six jersey. Jelonch made nine carries, 10 tackles and showed his skill-set by throwing in three offloads in Lyon. 6

5 Thibaud Flament: Not as prominent in open play as he we know he can be but Flament ticked all the boxes required in his 45 minutes on the field. 6

4 Cameron Woki: A busy showing from the talented lock as he never shirked away from making big decisions and getting his hands on the ball. Still feel there’s more to come from Woki at this tournament. 7

3 Uini Atonio: Was prominent early on with ball in hand and got some ascendancy at scrum time in his 45 minutes on the field. 6

2 Peato Mauvaka: Picked up a well deserved try in the second half as he ghosted over against some rather absent Italian defence. The set-piece also went well as Mauvaka has really stepped up to the plate since Julien Marchand’s opening game injury. 7

1 Cyril Baille: Had a strong outing in the set-piece and in open play as Baille went looking for work, with French fans hoping he can recapture his best form in the coming weeks. 6

Replacements: Plenty of impact from the Les Bleus bench as Pierre Bourgarit and Romain Taofifenua added grunt and gainline success while Moefana contributed two tries in a memorable cameo. 7

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