La Rochelle player ratings vs Leinster | 2023 Heineken Champions Cup
La Rochelle player ratings: They may have started slowly but Ronan O’Gara side collective grew into the game, which at one stage looked like a Leinster procession.
In the end a game they reeled in a game that looked nearly out of sight and were good value for their 1 point victory, which didn’t reflect the dominance of a Leinster’s side that choked.
15. Brice Dulin – 7
Picked apart in the early kick exchanges by a super accurate Leinster. Forced to play scrumhalf for a spell but proved a telling rear guard influence throughout.
14. Dillyn Leyds – 6.5
The ageing South African was left to cameos in the first half, but had more to show of himself in the second. A calm head as Leinster lost their nerve.
13. UJ Seuteni – 6
Did all he could to stop Leinster’s second try, but it wasn’t enough. Got a 5-pointer of his own that brought the French roaring back into the game before half-time. Made a number of telling breaks and outshone Robbie Henshaw by an order of magnitude.
12. Jonathan Danty – 4.5
Swallowed up by the Leinster defence at times and but did well to crash his way over 20 minutes into the game, giving La Rochelle an early lifeline. A painful spillage in the 59th minute stung, as did his late yellow.
11. Raymond Rhule – 6
Didn’t see much ball in the first half and was a bit part player for much of it, the game largely decided upfront. Did reasonably well under high ball pressure, a gambit that ultimately didn’t pay off for Leinster.
10. Antoine Hastoy – 7.5
Maybe lacked a bit of accuracy in the kick-tennis stakes and Leinster built off it. Started to pull the strings as Leinster struggled to compete in the man-up-a-thon stakes. La Rochelle dominated possession from the 30 to the 65th minute and it was near arm-chairs stuff in parts.
9. Tawera Kerr Barlow – 7
His ding dong battle with Gibson-Park was a really fascinating sub-plot, a battle he ultimately shaded. His 50th minute charge down proved costly for Leinster.
1. Reda Wardi – 7
The French international carried hard and did a good job getting into Furlong, who really needs to look at himself as the Rugby World Cup approaches.
2. Pierre Bourgarit – 6
Gave away a totally pointless penalty when La Rochelle were set to launch in Leinster 22. Was busy as the French side’s principal maul director, an area of the game that Leinster had a tough time combating.
3. Uini Atonio – 7
The giant showed his versatility as unlikely but effective first receiver. Had the better of the set-piece before being hauled off after 60 minutes.
4. Romain Sazy – 6.5
An onlooker for much of the first half, he was better in the second. A workmanlike shift but an effective one.
5. Will Skelton – 8.5
As per usual, proved a massive issue for Leinster to deal with. His seismic carries began to wear Leinster down and he more or less single-handedly pulled his side back into the match. Took a few strategic breaks, but who can blame him, this rugby stuff is hard going.
6. Paul Boudehent – 6
Errors cost him badly, a fumble directly leading to Leinster’s third try. It was rabbits in the headlights at that stage but still, a costly error. It was a real case of the butter fingers for the 23-year-old but he never gave up.
7. Levani Botia – 7.5
A turnover threat but conceded a penalty that cost his side 3 points in the 22nd minute. Won a few back and the veteran ended his ledger in the black.
8. Grégory Alldritt (c) – 7
Another player who grew in confidence as the game went on, even if he didn’t enjoy the meterage he’s normally afforded . Was ignominiously stripped of the ball by van der Flier. He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last but the French star had the last laugh.
Replacements – 7: La Rochelle’s bench never let up, and their forward dominance in the end was uninterrupted as Ultan Dillane and co continued to pummel the Leinster defensive line. Georges Henri Colombe 71st minute try would prove the difference.
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Superb player and always a joy to watch.Go to comments
Sadly for Dweba his performance on the field was poor.Go to comments