France player ratings: Sekou Macalou shows his versatility as Springboks downed in Marseille

Sekou Macalou for France against Springboks Credit: Alamy
Sekou Macalou for France against Springboks Credit: Alamy

Following their 30-26 win over South Africa at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for France.

15 Thomas Ramos: Put in a strong first carry of the game and backed that up with an impressive night off the kicking tee, finishing with 20 points that included just one miss. 8

14 Damian Penaud: Such a threat on and off his wing as he displayed once again in the early stages. However, he struggled to impact the game thereafter which was a shame for both France and the spectacle. 6

13 Gael Fickou: Was unusually quiet in Marseille as the defensive fulcrum and glue of this French backline couldn’t keep the blue wall watertight. 5

12 Jonathan Danty: The unfortunate recipient of Pieter-Steph du Toit’s head with 12 minutes on the clock left him with a fractured eye socket. N/A

11 Yoram Moefana: The classy wing was forced to move to centre to cover for the injured Danty and had a strong outing in a position he knows well. Caused the Springboks problems at times with his agility and ability to slip tackles. 7

10 Romain Ntamack: Continued his comeback from injury with a performance he will be pleased with. However, Ntamack didn’t really put his stamp on the game, which was needed when his half-back partner saw red. 6

9 Antoine Dupont (c): Enjoyed a neat and tidy game until the 48th minute when he accidentally took out Cheslin Kolbe and was promptly sent off. 5

Gregory Alldritt unusually replaced

8 Gregory Alldritt: Didn’t have his usual devastating impact in the carry and head coach Fabien Galthie took the unusual step to replace him after 53 minutes. 4

7 Charles Ollivon: He was a menace in defence early on with a breakdown steal enhancing his strong start. Much like France, fell out of the game during South Africa’s resurgence before coming strong again late on. 7

6 Anthony Jelonch: Won’t have liked being bumped on his backside by Kolbe but otherwise a solid evening’s work from the powerful and workmanlike flanker. 6

5 Thibaud Flament: The second-row was replaced by Romain Taofifenua on 32 minutes so not a happy night for Flament. 4

4 Cameron Woki: The French locks found the tough going against their Springbok counterparts but credit where it’s due as 10 tackles and six lineout wins gives Woki extra credits. 6

3 Uini Atonio: Made a bright start in the loose and after a stint on the sidelines for what we believe was for a HIA, he returned but struggled to have the same impact as the Bok pack flexed its muscles. 5

2 Julien Marchand: The hooker was everywhere early on with ball in hand as his mobility shone through in spades. Couldn’t build on that form though as South Africa took control. 6

1 Cyril Baille: Finished superbly well from close range as he reached out for a well-taken try but he was forced to come off in the opening half. He did not reappear. 6

Replacements: The Boks might have their ‘Bomb Squad’ but France will celebrate the performances of replacement duo Sekou Macalou and Sipili Falatea this evening. Macalou was excellent on the wing as he showed his versatility while Falatea grabbed what proved to be the game-winning try late on. 8

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