- 7 Oct 07, 07:15 AM
Cardiff - What a night! Two shocks in one day is too much to take. Anyway, here are my ratings for France's quarter-final against New Zealand.
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Leon MacDonald - A bit of a stodgy old game with very little devil emanating from the back. Defending must also be questioned. 5.
Joe Rokocoko - Like his wing partner Sivivatu, found the wide open spaces closed off and had to settle for a couple of half chances. 6.
Mils Muliaina - Strong, combative and a handful every time he got the ball. Made some good breaks early on but faded a bit as the game went on. 7.
Luke McAlister - Midfield menace personified. Always dangerous and took his try well, though marred day by sin-binning for taking out a man off the ball. 8.
Sitiveni Sivivatu - Not all that much chance to impress. Came off his wing for work but shackled well by France and a brooding, if ultimately sterile, presence. 5.
Dan Carter - The boy wonder is only human after all. Some lovely pick-ups and defended OK but kicking out of hand was badly awry. Limped off after 55 minutes. 5.
Byron Kelleher - All hustle and bustle and made a good barrelling run in the second half. Assured if uninspiring. Replaced by Leonard on 56 minutes. 6.
Tony Woodcock - Another perfectly acceptable scrummaging effort and combative in loose. 6.
Anton Oliver - A pugnacious presence around the park. His rapier-like throwing found his man more often than not. 7.
Carl Hayman - Solid effort from the veteran scrummager and an impressive work ethic but not too much chance to make a difference. 6.
Keith Robinson - Taken off for Chris Jack after 49 minutes. Industrious but overshadowed. 5.
Ali Williams - The stand-out individual on the paddock. A complete nuisance in the line-out, winning way more than his own share of the ball. Fiery in the loose and almost scored in left corner. Always motivating. 8.
Jerry Collins - Virtually everywhere and gave his all, including a clearance kick. Linked well for McAlister try. Replaced by Masoe late on. 7.
Richie McCaw - The beating heart of all New Zealand’s close-quarter work but indiscipline gave away a couple of penalties and by his standards has had better days in silver and black. 6.
Rodney So’oialo - Seemed to be involved in everything and linked well with backs. Industry resulted in New Zealand’s second try. 7.
Chris Jack - On for Robinson early in second half. Threw his all into it but to little effect. 5.
Chris Masoe - Replaced Jerry Collins on 65 minutes. Not much time to alter things. 5.
Brendon Leonard - A bristling character and added a bit of momentum when replaced Kelleher. 6.
Nick Evans - A spiky presence when he came on for Carter and nearly through after one devastating break but went off injured with 10 minutes left. 6.
Isaia Toeava Replaced the injured Evans on 71 minutes. Not long enough to earn a mark.
Damien Traille - Did the job he was selected for at full-back – siege-gun kicks. Missed an early drop-goal but possessed latent threat when the ball was in his hands. 7.
Vincent Clerc - Performed bravely under a succession of high balls and stout in defence including two try-saving tackles. Kicking from hands was a touch long but otherwise an accomplished day despite no real breaks. 7.
David Marty - Largely shackled by a brickwall Kiwi midfield and let through opposite number a couple of times in first half but kept plugging away and contributed to team effort. 6.
Yannick Jauzion - Made some big hits early on and finished off try well after Michalak’s break. Imposed himself well but McAlister’s score must rankle. 7.
Cedric Heymans - Called off wing often early on to provide length with left boot. His hack through almost resulted in a try and was eager for work. 7.
Lionel Beauxis - Spent a lot of time looking exhausted and hang-dog expression failed to ignite backline. Slotted three kicks but hoisted a dodgy up-and-under and left France a better side when replaced by Michalak on 67 minutes. 5.
Jean-Baptiste Elissalde - Not his best day with the boot but a live-wire presence behind his scrum and kept the side moving. 7.
Olivier Milloud - Some muscular stuff early on but stayed off at half-time. Replaced by Jean-Baptiste Poux. 6.
Raphael Ibanez - The skipper did all the basics well and got through his share of work. Replaced by Szarzewski on 52 minutes with a job well done. 7.
Pieter de Villiers - Tackled everything that moved in a silver shirt, sometimes twice in one go. A bullocking prop forward effort, not at all disgraced in the scrum. 7.
Fabien Pelous - The old stager was at the engine room of the French breakdown and put in hit after hit, combined with some good takes in the line-out. Replaced by Chabal on 51 minutes. 7.
Jerome Thion - Worked hard alongside partner Pelous and spent much of the game grafting with his head down. An unsung player, though over-looked in the line-out. 7.
Serge Betsen - Stayed down for a long time after big hit on Rokocoko and limped off in a daze after five minutes. Bit unfair to give him a mark.
Thierry Dusautoir - Held his own with the great McCaw and rounded off a superb French move for a try. Integral part of a formidable French back row. 8.
Julien Bonnaire - Immense for France. The number one line-out jumper, at least early on, and able to pop up all over the park time and again. Defence, like his team-mates, full of commitment. 8.
Dimitri Szarzewski - Replaced Ibanez on 52 minutes, hit his jumpers and generally got in the faces of the Kiwis. Stout defence at the end. 7.
Jean-Baptiste Poux - On for Milloud at half time. Carried on his good work. 7.
Sebastien Chabal - Raised a huge cheer and brought the crowd to life when he replaced Pelous after 52 minutes. Stole some crucial ball and defended like a lion late on. 7.
Imanol Harinordoquy - Came on for Betsen after five minutes and played a pivotal role. Caught plenty of line-out ball and went close to a score in the second-half. In the thick of the rearguard defensive action. 7.
Frederic Michalak - The enigma was saved for a 68-minute appearance but what an entry. He’d been on for barely a minute when his opportunistic break set up Jauzion’s try. Would have been an 8 but he almost blew it when he opted for a cross-field clearance at the death, handing the Kiwis a second chance. 7.
Christophe Dominci - Snuck on for Heymans on 69 minutes though not much chance to weave his magic. 6.
Rob Hodgetts is a BBC Sport journalist based in London.