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LIAM WILLIAMS: Excelled under the high ball and was a constant attacking threat for his team. Sharp. 8/10

ALEX CUTHBERT: Did little wrong on his return to the Wales starting XV, but had few chances in attack. 6

JONATHAN DAVIES: The Clermont Auvergne centre displayed a terrific work-rate, and he set up Wales' try through a clever kick into space. 7

JAMIE ROBERTS: Relatively quiet in attack, but again a defensive pillar for Wales when they needed it during the second period. 7

GEORGE NORTH: Scored his 25th try in 58 Tests - and his second in successive Six Nations games - as Wales moved top of the table. 8

DAN BIGGAR: Kicked 14 points and was again at the hub of Wales' game-plan. Such a key performer. 7

GARETH DAVIES: Made an electrifying first-half break and repeatedly snapped away at the heels of his forwards, but Wales were often frustrated in attack. 7

ROB EVANS: Had a storming first-half in the loose, although he was penalised for an early scrummaging offence. An exciting work in progress. 7

SCOTT BALDWIN: Trademark consistent display at set-piece time and strong defensively. 7

SAMSON LEE: Helped ensure another solid display from the Wales scrum. His injury woes of last year are well and truly behind him. 7

BRADLEY DAVIES: Relished the close-quarter contact and was very strong in the lineout and defensively. 7

ALUN-WYN JONES: At the heart of another impressive Welsh lineout effort as France rarely troubled the home side in that department. 7

DAN LYDIATE: Harshly penalised for an illegal tackle during the first-half, but never lost his appetite for a strong defensive shift. 7

SAM WARBURTON: Was far more effective at openside flanker, rather than starting at blindside, and he delivered his best all-round display of this season's Six Nations. 8

TAULUPE FALETAU: Another consistent 80 minutes from Wales' outstanding number eight. He never disappoints. 7


GETHIN JENKINS: Went on for Evans midway through the third quarter. 7

THOMAS FRANCIS: Replaced Lee with 15 minutes left. 6

KEN OWENS: Featured from the 65th minute instead of Baldwin. 6

RHYS PRIESTLAND: Gained a late run instead of Biggar. 6

GARETH ANSCOMBE: Featured for the last six minutes. 6

JAKE BALL: Fit again after injury trouble, he went on for the closing two minutes. 6

JUSTIN TIPURIC: A 78th-minute replacement for Lydiate. 6

LLOYD WILLIAMS: Went on for Gareth Davies with two minutes left. 6


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