Ireland v France: Player ratings from the Millennium Stadium

How the players performed in the hard-won 24-9 victory.

IRELAND

Ireland v France: Player ratings from the Millennium Stadium

Rob Kearney: Solid under the high ball; fine try. 8/10

Tommy Bowe: Denied France any platform through aerial assault. 8

Keith Earls: So close to a stunning score. 7

Ireland v France: Player ratings from the Millennium Stadium

Robbie Henshaw: His finest hour in green. Superlative. 9

Dave Kearney: Never let anyone down. 7

Ireland v France: Player ratings from the Millennium Stadium

Johnny Sexton: Night cut short through injury. 7

Cian Healy: Back to his rampaging best. 8

Rory Best: So accurate and so hard-working. 8

Mike Ross: Cemented the scrum. 8

Devin Toner: Bullish return to top form. 9

Ireland v France: Player ratings from the Millennium Stadium

Paul O’Connell (capt): Fine game until injury struck. 8

Peter O’Mahony: Indomitable at blindside. 8

Sean O’Brien: Monumental work load, but may be in trouble if cited. 9

Jamie Heaslip: Bound everything together in style. 8

Replacements:

Richardt Strauss (for Best, 75mins): Kept his head at the death. 7

Jack McGrath (for Healy, 56): Powered around the field. 7

Nathan White (for Ross, 64): Sustained the scrum dominance. 8

Iain Henderson (for O’Connell, 41): Another telling and bruising effort. 8

Chris Henry (for O’Mahony, 54): Shrewd showing at the breakdown. 7

Eoin Reddan (for Murray, 76): Tidy cameo. 7

Ian Madigan (for Sexton, 25): His best moment in Test rugby. 8

Luke Fitzgerald (for Earls, 61): Solid defensively. 7

FRANCE

Scott Spedding: Tidy enough but without any flair. 6

Noa Nakaitaci: Extremely quiet night from a supposed X-factor star. 5

Mathieu Bastareaud: Anonymous when meant to be the wrecking-ball. 3

Wesley Fofana: Unable to conjure any magic. 5

Brice Dulin: Solid but unforgettable. 5

Frederic Michalak: Too much fluff and not enough wit. 5

Sebastien Tillous-Borde: Laboured at the base. 6

Eddy Ben Arous: Bested in every department. 5

Guilhem Guirado: Gritty effort. 6

Rabah Slimani: Unable to impose himself. 5

Pascal Pape: Dominated in the tight. 5

Yoann Maestri: Another to be cowed by Ireland’s pack. 5

Thierry Dusautoir (capt): Unusually subdued from France’s captain marvel. 6

Damien Chouly: Went missing when France needed him most. 5

Louis Picamoles: Not his best showing. 6

Replacements:

Benjamin Kayser (for Guirado, 58): Wayward effort. 4

Vincent Debaty (for Ben Arous, 64): Hammered at the scrum. 4

Nicolas Mas (for Slimani, 64): France disintegrated at the set-piece at the death. 4

Bernard Le Roux (for Chouly, 54): Battled manfully but Ireland were already on top. 6

Morgan Parra (for Tillous-Borde, 54): Overwhelmed by Ireland’s fervour. 5

Remi Tales (for Michalak, 54): Unable to force a turnaround. 5

Alexandre Dumoulin (for Bastareaud, 62): Sprightly effort. 6

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