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France v Samoa player ratings

France v Samoa player ratings
Daniel Vidot scores in Samoa's 22-6 win over France. Credit: Copyright:

Every player rated from Samoa's 22-6 win over France in the final match of the World Cup group stage.


1. Morgan Escare: Dangerous with every touch of the ball. Showed good footwork to finish off France's only try, broke seven tackles and made two line breaks. A star of the future. 7.5

2. Frederic Vaccari: Bombed a certain try in the first half, but was otherwise invisible. 4.5

3. Jean-Phillippe Baile: Almost scored the equaliser in the second half, but did come up with three line breaks. Strong performance, making 89 metres in total, including a run that set up Escare's try. 7

4. Vincent Duport: Was just as responsible as Vaccari for screwing up a first-half try, and was asked to do plenty of work in defence. 5.5

5. Clint Greenshields: Made plenty of runs from deep inside his own end in the first half, finishing the game with 130 metres and three line breaks. Good effort. 6.5

6. Thomas Bosc: Wore some brutal hits, but never shied away from running the ball to the line. A brave performance, although he just couldn't find a way to get his team past the Samoan defence. 6.5

7. William Barthau: Copped some late hits too, and the replays of his whiplash from the Sauaso Sue tackle made everyone look away. Courageously came on in the second half, but came off again after getting tripped late in the game. 6.5

8. Jamal Fakir: Ran the ball strongly and tackled hard, and showed some muscle when Samoa turned it on in the first half. But faded as the game went on. 6

9. Eloi Pelissier: One of France's best. Found plenty of opportunities around the ruck, quickly getting the French up-field. Still came up with three errors, but was certainly creative. Made a team-high 36 tackles, too. 7.5

10. Remi Casty: Powerhouse effort from the Roosters 2014 signings. Led the team with 130 metres from a team-high 17 carries, and made 35 tackles. A machine. 7.5

11. Kevin Larroyer: Committed a couple of errors and got pinged twice for ruck infringements. Though he worked tirelessly on the right edge, he wouldn't have been happy with that one. 6

12. Sebastien Raguin: Bombed a certain try late in the game, but was otherwise solid on the left edge with a few handy charges. Also made 28 tackles. 6.5

13. Gregory Mounis: Penalised for a high hit and then penalised again for backchatting. It was a tough night out for the lock, who had to constantly tackle the bigger Samoan pack. 5.5

14. Tony Gigot: Came on after Barthau left the field in a daze. Had a couple of nice touches, but was smothered by a determined Samoan defence. 6

15. Antoni Maria: Saw little action, finishing the game with just 39 metres and 13 tackles. 5

16. Benjamin Garcia: Only saw second half action and struggled to match it with the bigger Samoan forwards. Ran the ball just five times and made nine tackles. 4.5

17. Mickael Simon: Came on after 20 minutes and made a handful of inspiring runs. The big fella was the best off the bench for the home side, making 87 metres from 12 runs. 


1. Anthony Milford: The ultimate game-breaker. Came up with a supreme individual effort midway through the second half to assert his side's dominance in possession. Just too much class. 8

2. Antonio Winterstein: Came up with an important strip inside his own in-goal to stop a certain French try, but wouldn't have been happy with a couple of errors. 6.5

3. Tim Lafai: Visibly frustrated by his lack of ball on the outside. Had few opportunities but made the most of the few he had. 6

4. Joey Leilua: Another damaging performance on Samoa's right edge, setting up two tries and two line breaks. One of the best centres in the tournament and a genuine x-factor in the quarter-finals. 8

5. Daniel Vidot: Always went looking for work and was aggressive with the ball, making 136 metres from 14 runs. 7

14. Tony Puletua: A surprise promotion into the run-on side, carrying the ball with vigour. His experience will be invaluable in the back end, particularly with injuries and possible suspensions. Did concede three penalties. 6 

7. Ben Roberts: Bombed two certain tries, one before halftime and one after. Had four errors in the first half alone (finished with five), but did come up with a try-saving ankle-tap on a flying Escare, and showed good vision for the final try. 6

8. David Fa'alogo: Ran the ball just six times and made 14 tackles in a quiet performance. 5.5

9. Michael Sio: Started the game solidly, but came off for Godinet and never returned. 5.5

10. Suaia Matagi: Typically aggressive performance from the front-rower, coming up with some big hits in defence and strong carries with the ball. Didn't let his team down with 87 metres and 22 tackles. 

11. Iosia Soliola: Inspirational defensive performance from the captain, coming up with two outstanding try-saving tackles close to the line. Samoa don't win without this effort from their leader. 7.5

12. Leeson Ah Mau: Put on report for a late hit on Barthau, but was otherwise one of Samoa's best forwards, making a team-high 156 metres and four tackle busts. 7

13. Sauaso Sue: Will be in trouble for his late hit on Barthau and had an unhappy night in general, being penalised three times. Might need to tone down the aggression. 5

6. Pita Godinet: Changed the flow of the game with his introduction in the second half, finding good rhythm with his forwards when he came on. Set up a try and scored a neat one himself too. 7

15. Junior Moors: Offloaded four times, set up a line break and busted three tackles. The big fella certainly has some skills to go with that brawn. A real weapon for the coach off the bench. 7

16. Mark Taufua: Made a couple of strong carries but wasn't used a whole lot. 5.5

17. Mose Masoe: Was the player sin-binned for a lot of late hits in the lead up to his 'chest bump', but was otherwise his brutal self. Has to be the leading forward in the tournament in putting defenders back on their bums. Averaged 13 metres for each carry. 7.5

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