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Wales 23-27 France – PLAYER REVIEWS: Romain Ntamack inspires visitors to win

France kept its Grand Slam ambitions on track with a hard-won victory of 27-23 against France at the Millennium Stadium.

Young fly-half Romain Ntamack brought a stunning display to the visitors, but Wales-center Hadleigh Parkes struggled to influence the procedure.

Sportsmail executes the rule over each player from both sides in what could be a defining match of the campaign.

France beat Wales in Cardiff with 20-year-old fly-half Romain Ntamack their best performer

France beat Wales in Cardiff with 20-year-old fly-half Romain Ntamack their best performer

WALES

Leigh Halfpenny – 6 Claimed no early high-ball and France played in capital letters to score the game’s first attempt. He also had to fend off a heavy knock and tried to take a high ball.

George North – 5 Great start by winning back possession of the kick-off of Wales. Forced with early head injury after a nasty collision with Gael Fickou who seemed to be beating him briefly.

Nick Tompkins – 6 Suspicious still in the outer middle channel. Was impressively returned to the game before he threw an interception card for France’s third attempt.

Nick Tompkins had a mixed game in attack and defense in his third appearance for Wales

Nick Tompkins had a mixed game in attack and defense in his third appearance for Wales

Nick Tompkins had a mixed game in attack and defense in his third appearance for Wales

Hadleigh Parkes – 5.5 Calm in midfield. Time and time again prepared for a trademark, but never got the ball. Again fully kicked.

Josh Adams – 6 Made optimal use of the limited space that was given to him and was dangerous when he had possession. Wales had to give him the ball more. Forced to be wounded again.

Then Biggar – 8 Simply majestic under the high ball. Kicked well, is a ruthless competitor and also scored an attempt. No doubt it would have been furious to have been on the losing side.

Dan Biggar had an impressive match on fly-half, scored 18 points and won high balls

Dan Biggar had an impressive match on fly-half, scored 18 points and won high balls

Dan Biggar had an impressive match on fly-half, scored 18 points and won high balls

Gareth Davies – 5 Back in the starting line-up. Spread the ball to the right when it had to go to the left and it took Wales a try. Replaced by Tomos Williams for the hour.

Wyn Jones – 5.5 Claimed that France cheated in the scrum in the build-up, but had his credit when he was penalized for collapsing the game in the second half.

Ken Owens – 6 The line-out of his team was decent enough, but France came at the top of the scoreboard and at the front and that will endlessly disappoint the Scarlets man.

Wales front-rower Ken Owens is struggling with France scrum half Antoine Dupont for the ball

Wales front-rower Ken Owens is struggling with France scrum half Antoine Dupont for the ball

Wales front-rower Ken Owens is struggling with France scrum half Antoine Dupont for the ball

Dillon Lewis – 6.5 Punishable for getting up in the first quarter. Made it well with a nice dummy to score his first test near the posts.

Jake Ball – 6 Equipped with his usual dog and never stops working, he was surpassed here by the French.

Alun Wyn Jones (capt) – 6.5 Won a second half turnover but had his hands full against Bernard le Roux and Paul Willemse.

The captain of Wales and the second row Alun Wyn Jones had a frightening match against France

The captain of Wales and the second row Alun Wyn Jones had a frightening match against France

The captain of Wales and the second row Alun Wyn Jones had a frightening match against France

Ross Moriarty – 7 Good source of line-out possession on his return to the side. Hard worn and enjoyed the brutal physical nature of the competition. One of the better players of Wales and shifted to No. 8.

Justin Tipuric – 6.5 Took a quick punishment at the end of the first half. Went the distance, but could not stop the Six Nations hope of his team.

Taulupe Faletau – 6 Solid display at the back of the scrum, but he might have done better at the set piece when Wales tried to make a try just before half time. Replaced by Aaron Wainwright.

Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletu provided a solid performance for the hosts but could not deliver a win

Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletu provided a solid performance for the hosts but could not deliver a win

Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletu provided a solid performance for the hosts but could not deliver a win

replacements: Substitutions: J McNicholl (for North 11.6), T Williams (for Davies 56.5), R Evans (for W Jones 59.6), A Wainwright (for Faletau 65.6), W Rowlands (for Ball 66, 5), J Evans (for Adams 66.5), L Brown (for Lewis 70.5) R Elias (for Owens 73.5)

France: Bouthier 7.5; Thomas 6.5 (Jalibert 66.6), Vakatawa 7.5, Vincent 6.5, Fickou 7; Ntamack 9 (Ramos 75.6), Dupont 8.5 (Serin 75.6); Baille 6 (Gros 40.6.5), Marchand 6 (Chat 56, 6.5), Haouas 8 (Cretin 79.5), Le Roux 8 (Taofifenua 68.6), Willemse 8.5, Cros 7 (Bamba 69), Ollivon (capt 7.5, Alldritt 8

Referee: Matthew Carley (England) Star man: Romain Ntamack (France) Visitors: 73,931

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