France 28 Wales 9 – The Rugby World Player Ratings

first_imgFrance’s scrum half Morgan Parra dives to stop Wales N°8 Ryan Jones during the 6Nations rugby union match France vs. Wales on March 19, 2011 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) Winging in: Vincent Clerc sneaks over for France’s third tryMaxime Medard 68 Few dangerous runs but not as effective as he has been.Vincent Clerc 78 Great reactions to score his try and came close to adding another.David Marty 74 Nice touches and distribution but little opportunity to attack in space.Damien Traille 76 Solid midfield presence – stopped Wales centres making inroads.Alexis Palisson 68 Ball didn’t come his way often so couldn’t show his talents.Francois Trinh-Duc 75 Lovely chip to set up Clerc try – controlled attacking game well.Morgan Parra 72 Few wayward kicks at goal but otherwise a good performance.Thomas Domingo 68 Pinged a couple of times at the scrum but worked hard at closequarters.William Servat 73 Another who was solid in defence, doing his duty in the tight.Nicolas Mas 76 Got the better of James and even appeared on for a second cameo late on. Jonathan Davies 67 Metres from scoring in second half but mainly called into defensive duty.George North 71 Lovely run from deep late on showed potential of this teenager’s ability.James Hook 62 Chargeodwn of his kick led to second French try and yellow-carded for late tackle.Mike Phillips 64 Under pressure at contact from French back row and got caught a couple of times.Paul James 63 Mixed fortunes at scrum and not as present in loose as he has been.Matthew Rees 74 Another strong display – made tackles a hooker shouldn’t be able to. Running man: George North showed his potential with a late breakLee Byrne 59 One kick straight to touch and mistake under high ball marred performance.Leigh Halfpenny 66 Ankle tap prevented first-half try but often runs too laterally.Jamie Roberts 72 Powerful run through midfield late on, used size effectively in attack and defence. Lock stock: Man of the Match Lionel Nallet runs in his second tryJulien Pierre 81 A workhorse display – his chargedown led to Nallet’s second try.Lionel Nallet 84 Two tries is a rarity for a second row – and he worked hard for them.Thierry Dusautoir 79 Hounded Phillips around breakdown and generally made nuisance of himself.Julien Bonnaire 74 Not as prominent as the other back-rowers but good work-rate nonetheless.Imanol Harinordoquy 78 A relatively quiet display by his standards but still influential.WALES LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WALES HAD the chance to lift the Six Nations title in Paris after England’s defeat to Ireland, but they never came anywhere near securing the 37-point winning margin required. It was a game littered with errors at the Stade de France – there were spilt balls and turnovers aplenty – but Les Bleus bounced back from last week’s loss in Rome to score three opportunistic tries and easily see off the Welsh. In doing so they clinched second spot in the championship table and condemned Wales to fourth – but who sizzled in Paris and who’s washed up?FRANCE Star man: Ryan Jones stood out for WalesAdam Jones 68 Wouldn’t have known he’d been out injured so long given this display.Bradley Davies 66 Lost ball a couple of times in contact but impeccable work ethic.Alun Wyn Jones 68 Showed good reactions to pounce on loose ball and defended well.Dan Lydiate 75 Put himself about in defence – drives people back in tackle.Sam Warburton 65 Had to leave field early on and he was missed at the breakdown.Ryan Jones 80 Huge work-rate as a carrier and tackler – stood out in losing team.THE KEY0 – Should never play for this team again10 – Shocker – lucky to get picked again this season20 – Out of his depth30 – Did one or two things right – must improve40 – Willing but woeful50 – Minimum requirement for  a professional – average60 – Solid effort and a decent performance70 – Made key contributions and guaranteed his place for next time80 – Superb – should give himself a pat on the back 90 – A personal best – his greatest game ever100 – Faultless – no one could play a better game in this positionlast_img read more

Virtual Tour: Asheville Van Life Rally

first_imgThe gathering of the tribe is always revitalizing. Last weekend, we met at June Bug Resort with 250 other like-minded vehicles and their owners for the Asheville Van Life Rally. We wanted to share a few of the many, many vans we toured! If the #vanlifer shared an Instagram or contact information, you will be able to click the photo and head to their page.  Take a look below.Branden Leonard shows off his 2007 Element with 4 wheel drive and adjustable coil overs. His vehicle was on display with others by Fifth Element Camping. Leonard described his Element as the poor mans Westfalia, but more reliable!Another example of a Fifth Element build-out. Click the photo to head to their Instagram.Janet takes some time to relax in her 2015 Ford Transit with a 130-inch wheelbase. She said the van came into creation through a stubborn husband and insistent wife. It is named “Tubby” with great affection, and the words “It’s tubby time” are said regularly.Terry and Daniel Miller showed off their Ford E-150. They built it out themselves with a control center in the back. Everything is organized!An inside view of the E-150 by Terry and Daniel MillerJess Deal and Ryan Howsley stand outside their 1990 Ford transvan. They started Voited, a unique blanket company, out of the van to fulfill the #vanlife need of convenient multi-use bedding.An inside look at their transvan.Debbie and Doug pose outside their Nissan NV2500 with a V6 engine. The front end is the same as a Nissan Titan pick up truck, the back came as an empty shell for them to build out themselves. They kept it simple, with a lot of storage, no fridge, no shower, and no running water.An inside look at their Nissan NV2500Larry Coffey built his 2017 Ram Promaster 2500 out himself. He needed a lot of storage and went with the Promaster so he could sleep lengthways.The inside of Larry’s 2017 PromasterKatya Antipova travels around in her 2012 Ford Transit Connect. She says it’s the best little Connect there ever was. The layout is epic, and she’s brought her decorations of ‘Grammy-Chic’ to decorate it.Katya’s Connect from the back.Hillary Fryman rests in her 2012 Mercedes Sprinter. She tried to keep the build-out minimalist, with a “turtle shell” made out of grid beam. This creates a modular system that she can take in and out as needed. And she had a rope swing!We saw so many wonderful vans over the weekend and this is just a sampling. Thank you Asheville Van Life Rally for hosting this wonderful community!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to winlast_img read more