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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 November, 2003, 11:23 GMT
Player ratings: England v France
Marks out of 10 following England's 24-7 victory France in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney.


Josh Lewsey: Confident catch under early high ball. Quick to support the breaks but generally a quiet game.

Jason Robinson: Sidestep did for Dominici midway through the first half and led to the French winger spending 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Will Greenwood: Failed to break through the French defence with his trademark bursts down the middle but still a threat.

Mike Catt: Began poorly, dropping a pass and misplacing his kicks, but redeemed himself with some determined running. His kicking eventually improved.

Ben Cohen: Defensively solid and always a threat going forward, although he had little chance to stretch his legs.

Jonny Wilkinson: Had trouble judging his place kicks but was immaculate with his drop goals. Not even a late tackle by Betsen could ruffle him.

Matt Dawson: His probing runs caused France problems from the start. Hassled Galthie at every opportunity.

Phil Vickery: In the wars. Sent to the blood bin after a blow to his nose, then needed treatment for a leg injury. But the best of England's front row.

Steve Thompson: Wayward throw-ins were a constant concern, although he got up the noses of the French as often as possible.

Trevor Woodman: Spilled ball as England went close to scoring a try at the end of the first half. Otherwise pretty dependable.

Martin Johnson: Blotted his copybook with several early indiscretions. But kept England calm after a dodgy start.

Ben Kay: Gave France plenty to think about by winning an early opposition lineout. Solid performer who teamed up well with Johnson in the second row.

Richard Hill: His return helped firm up England's pack and showed just why his presence his vital. He made a brave attempt to deny Betsen his first-half try.

Neil Back: Looked at home wherever he found himself on the pitch. Popped up on the wing and at scrum-half. His pace exposed several gaps.

Lawrence Dallaglio: Came under pressure from Galthie at the back of the scrum early on but was as solid as a rock.


Rest of the bench: Leonard was a brief replacement for blood-bin victim Vickery but it was enough to make him the most capped player in Test history. Tindall exploited France's tired legs late on.


Nicolas Brusque: Served up a mixed feast, sometimes looking very classy but also very ordinary. A real disappointment.

Aurelien Rougerie: A game to forget for the winger. Made several wrong decisions and never got into the game.

Tony Marsh: Looked as though he would be a real threat but saw little of the ball. Made an impact with his powerful defence.

Yannick Jauzion: Like Brusque, he could be brilliant one minute and rubbish the next. Not a day to remember.

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Christophe Dominici: His semi-final was over very early. His cynical trip on Robinson sent him to the sin bin and ended his game through injury.

Frederic Michalak: Started well but began missing easy penalties. His kicking from hand also let him down as well.

Fabien Galthie: A constant thorn in England's side, harassing Dawson and Dallaglio, although his influence diminished as the game wore on.

Jean-Jacques Crenca: Did everything that was asked of him but found himself going backwards most of the time.

Raphael Ibanez: Fared better from the sidelines than Thompson. Reliable as ever but could not dominate.

Sylvain Marconnet: No-nonsense performance but, like his fellow front-rowers, had to settle for second best.

Fabien Pelous: Quick to close down England's three-quarters and solid in the lineouts, but did not offer too much of a danger.

Jerome Thion: Looked good in the lineout but nothing special. Held his own against England's second row.

Serge Betsen: Put France ahead with his surging run from a lineout but then fell foul of the referee. Eventually sin-binned for late tackle on Wilkinson.

Olivier Magne: Failed to make his usual impact. Second best to the England back row. Not his effective self.

Imanol Harinordoquy: The best of the French forwards, but even his best efforts could not lift his countrymen.


Clement Poitrenaud Replaced the injured Dominici at the end of the first half but failed to make any impact. Not his fault, though.

Rest of the bench: Merceron, Milloud and Labit came on but no-one could help turn France's fortunes around. It was a lost cause.

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