You also need to know how to win “ugly” sometimes. Beaming since the start of the tournament, France’s XV went on coals to win out of the mine against Wales on Friday, March 11, a seventh straight win. It brings the Blues closer to the Grand Slam promised land they haven’t reached since 2010. In anticipation of the final against England on March 19, franceinfo: sport hands out some good and bad points at the end of this Wales-France.
Under the fire of criticism from Scotland, where he had to settle for an unusual 3/7 against the posts while feverish under the candles, the Blues’ backside silenced the skeptics. He passed a first penalty in the second minute to plunge back into the sweet bath of confidence. Then it is he who feigns a clearance kick to initiate the recovery that will bring Jelonch’s attempt, where he finds himself the last passer-by. At his expense, let’s talk about a largely failed drop attempt just before halftime. He will redeem himself after the break by giving a penalty and showing himself insensitive under the fire of the Dragons.
Links not working? No way to place counters? It doesn’t matter, the XV of France knows how to adapt, both to the playing conditions and to the opponent, in short almost all problems. When Dupont and the backs don’t find the key, the defense also manages to close the door. Often abused by the Welsh, Galthié’s men were able to temporize, occupy the field with long displacement kicks and defend with as much individual desire as collective efficiency. It doesn’t shine as much as in previous matches, but it wins. After so much euphoria from France lately, we also manage to settle for a somewhat shaky victory.
They had nothing to lose except honor. The Leek XV can lose matches, but not his dignity. Despite just one success in this edition and an infamous 5th place kick-off, the defending champions looked the Blues straight in the eye. As so often in years past, the Welsh managed to annoy the French to the very end. Proud as ever at the tackle, they evolved as if they were playing the Grand Slam.
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Even if that means making mistakes, you might as well keep them off your poles. Twice, at the start of the game, the Blues were penalized far too close to their goal area. These gaps are unforgivable against a goalscorer of the caliber of Biggar, who is anything but a comedian on these occasions, allowing the Welsh to keep in touch immediately.
While the game launches seemed to be remotely controlled in recent games against Ireland and Scotland, they sometimes yelled a bit at the Welsh. The credit also goes to the latter, in particular thanks to an attunement in contact that often disturbed Woki and his company. Nevertheless, some handwriting errors whose existence had been forgotten, most notably by Alldritt, contributed to the change.
The trend was confirmed against the Welsh. France’s XV has struggled with high balls since the start of the tournament and burned their fingers on the red candles. Traditional weakness of the French in the past (ask the English who watered the Blanco generation for ten years), it seems the wound has reopened. Doctor Galthé and his assistants absolutely must apply a balm before all the Blues’ opponents rush into it.