Two weeks after bowing in Ireland, the French won against the XV of Chardon on Sunday in Saint-Denis (32-21), in a part where the two teams were quickly reduced to 14.
The meeting promised to be tense, but it was unclear that she would feel the powder. Was it the effect of pyrotechnic deployment upstream of the match at the Stade de France? The fact remains that a quarter of an hour had not passed on Sunday, February 26, that France and Scotland invented XIV rugby. Two red cards – The French right pillar Mohammed Haouas “responding” to the second Scottish line Grant Gilchrist – tipped the third part of the Six Nations tournament in uncertainty. At the end of a hanging and unbridled match, the XV of France won against a Player Scottish team, conquering the offensive bonus on the wire (32-21). Two weeks after their defeat in Ireland, Antoine Dupont’s teammates are returning to victory.
“The theme was falling and getting up. And it was, in a match with a difficult scenario”, welcomed the tricolor coach, Fabien Galkié, after the game, recalling that two years ago, Scotland had imposed itself in extremis at the Stade de France – the last defeat of the Blues before that of Dublin a fortnight ago. “We had lost on the last action; this time we went to seek victory with the offensive bonus”. What do “the scenario of the match or its content”, the French technician wanted to savor the result.
Opposed to an opponent in full confidence after two improved successes in England and against Wales – their best start to the tournament since 1996 – the Blues wanted to reset the front step. “We had a little pressure before this match, but it was the right pressure because the group was keen to redeem our defeat in Ireland,” said winger Ethan Dumortier. And in a crowded stadium in France, whose chills were as much due to the gestures of the players as to the bites of the freezing wind, the Blues ideally started.
“The whole match was a question of Adaptation “
In the first twenty minutes, the three French incursions in the 22 opposing meters were awarded a test. First by Romain Ntamack, found by Antoine Dupont following a big tricolor playing time near the Scottish line. Then, when the Toulouse opener perfectly offset Ethan Dumortier on the wing; And finally when Thomas Ramos intercepted, in his camp, a daring pass from Finn Russell to cross the field and go and register the third French test.
“We make a match where everything is controlled, we lead 19-0 and there is a red card against them. Then, there is this action which leads to our red card, and we had to adapt, A rewind Faben Galkié. From there, the whole match was a question of adaptation. “Because the Ecossais did not let themselves be cut by the major opening of the Blues, or the facts of play.
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