Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Six Nations: France v Ireland - How the players rated

Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney - 5
Ominously dropped the kick-off, but recovered and gathered his own high kick during Ireland’s opening purple patch. Left injured before half-time and could be a doubt for Twickenham

Tommy Bowe -5
Another bad day in Paris. Horribly caught in no-man’s-land for Poitrenaud’s try and won’t have enjoyed having to pack down at flanker during Healy’s costly binning

Brian O'Driscoll - 7
Never really got a chance to ask questions of Bastareaud defensively and couldn’t prevent his offload for France's third try. Never gave up and showed great vision for David Wallace's try

Gordon D'Arcy - 6
Bounce of the ball and presence of the post prevented a marvellous solo score early on. His footwork and line breaking ability was badly missed when he was shunted out on the wing

Keith Earls - 5
Showed good pace and a willingness to attack, but his knock-on when trying to tap and go from a mark was horrible and resulted in Poitrenaud's try

Ronan O'Gara - 5
His kicking game was just not on the money while on one occasion opposite number Trinh-Duc ran through him with ease. Dusautoir's penalty-winning wrap up was the final straw

Tomas O'Leary - 4

Lacked composure, his passing and decision making did nothing to ease Ireland's problems. Perhaps should have let Ireland take the three points instead of going alone at end of first-half

Cian Healy - 4
Showed his inexperience by getting binned for impeding Parra with France scoring 10 unanswered points before his return. He also never looked comfortable at scrum time

Jerry Flannery - 5
What was he thinking of? The kick on Palisson was horrendous and only resulted in a reversed penalty which, even so, helped to turn the tide. A citing will be damaging

John Hayes - 4
Looked to be struggling with a knock just before being called ashore. You really begin to wonder if it all isn’t getting too much for the 36 year-old as his 100th cap looms large

Paul O'Connell - 5
Was well off the mark. Contributed to France's discomfort at the lineout but dropped too many important balls and on one occasion was dumped to the turf by Szarzewski

Leo Cullen - 6
Managed to outshine his fellow second row.

Stephen Ferris - 7
Never gave up and produced the usual gut-busting physicality

David Wallace - 5
Off the pace and never imposed himself in the way he'd have wanted

Jamie Heaslip - 7
Came out with head held high in his match up with Harinordoquy

France outclassed Grand Slam holders Ireland to claima 33-10 victory in the Six Nations Championship on Saturday

Here, we examine how each individual in the Irish team fared in Paris



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