So near but yet so far for Ireland as they battled back from 25-15 down but couldn’t quite land the killer punch at the death, writes Rugby World writer Katie Field
Luke Fitzgerald 65
Some good moments, including a disallowed try in the first two minutes, but often too lateral in attack.
Fergus McFadden 60
Took the first try well, and helped create it, but mishandled a couple of times in the hurly burly of Test rugby.
Brian O’Driscoll 70
Some great touches and good leadership to rally his troops after they fell behind.
Gordon D’Arcy 58
Some good contributions to Ireland’s attacks but D’Arcy (below) missed a tackle which let in France for their try.
First half mistakes were counter-balanced by a fine attacking run and chip late in the game.
Jonathan Sexton 75
Slick passing, running and linking in open play but missed a relatively simple conversion just before half time.
Tomas O’Leary 60
Scored a good try but was let down by a few individual errors and was occasionally ponderous at the base of the ruck.
Cian Healy 67
Good in the set-pieces and won some notable turnovers.
Rory Best 64
Solid in the set-pieces.
Mike Ross 70
His break helped create Ireland’s second try and his set piece work was mostly efficient.
Donncha O‘Callaghan 62
Gave away the penalty which gave France the lead for the first time but also contributed well at scrum and lineout time.
Paul O’Connell 62
A solid performance but nothing spectacular.
Sean O‘Brien 71
Great handling skills and provided plenty of go-forward.
David Wallace 70
Helped create Ireland’s first try and always made a few yards and recycled possession successfully.
Jamie Heaslip 73
An eye-catching return to the Ireland team – sound under the high ball, strong in the tackle and scored the final try.
IRELAND – Tries: Fergus McFadden, Tomas O’Leary, Jamie Heaslip. Cons: Jonathan Sexton, Ronan O’Gara. Pen: Sexton
FRANCE – Try: Maxime Medard. Con: Dimitri Yachvili. Pens: Morgan Parra (five), Yachvili (one).
0 – Should never play for this team again
10 – Shocker – lucky to get picked again this season
20 – Out of his depth
30 – Did one or two things right – must improve
40 – Willing but woeful
50 – Minimum requirement for a professional – average
60 – Solid effort and a decent performance
70 – Made key contributions and guaranteed his place for next time
80 – Superb – should give himself a pat on the back
90 – A personal best – his greatest game ever
100 – Faultless – no one could play a better game in this position