the Blues’ defensive fireworks in Cardiff

The symbol is too beautiful for the Blues not to welcome it. The master Shaun Edwards, revolutionary coach in charge of the Blue defense after spending 11 years at Wales’s bedside, has much to be proud of. For example, the Blues mainly took the best of the Leek XV (13-9), and once is not common, thanks to a solid defensive performance Friday 11 March in Cardiff.

If the Habs in this area have crossed different levels over two years, the Tricolor Attack has often shone (scoring more than 30 points in every match since the start of the Six Nations Tournament in 2022). The former England international’s tireless work instilling a genuine defensive culture for his troops has had a tremendous resonance on the lawn of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Pressured by a welded Welsh bloc, France’s XV, sometimes pushed to the limit, committed to installing a solid defensive base and not being overwhelmed. In total, the Blues show 93% success in the exercise on Friday night.

Romain Ntamack, author of A Very Good Match on Cardiff Pasture, symbolizes this new philosophy. Usually the heart of the game to distribute and regulate, The Toulousain donned the suit of shadow lieutenant tonight, setting the pace to destroy most Welsh initiatives. In the closing minutes, he intercepted an important ball from his 22 yards to clear the Blues’ camp. With seven tackles, the number 10 is among the best in this field, not far from specialists Gaël Fickou and Jonathan Danty (10 each). “Ce soir on est satisfait de notre défense (…) Il ya des matchs comme ça où, quand ça ne veut pas, il faut être capable de se resserrer, the profiter des pénalités et c’est ce qu’on a réussi à doen “de Toulousain responded to the conference after the game.

Jonathan Danty also worked to stop Leek’s XV’s few breakthroughs, such as against Liam Williams on the return from the locker room (43rd), with the support of Paul Willemse (13 successful tackles in the match). Up front, his club mate, Uini Atonio, was invaluable in breaking up the opponents’ scrums. Grégory Alldritt, author of several unusual hand errors early in the game, made up for it in the fight, with 12 successful tackles for just one missed. François Cros was the more active of the two teams (14 successful tackles, only one missed). “It will pass tonight thanks to an exceptional defense and a good frame of mind”soberly summed up the third line after the meeting.

Thus, the XV of France has changed its game to adapt to its opponent in the evening. Fabien Galthié’s men had to patiently deal with their problems in Cardiff on Friday evening. A small test, ten points in the pocket at half-time, only three more in the second period: the balance turns out to be leaner than usual, but no less satisfying.

The Blues have, in fact, absorbed the shock. Though treated badly, they conceded their lowest points since the start of the competition and finished a meeting without a try for the first time. Attack sells tickets to fill stadiums, defense win titles”, as Shaun Edwards used to say. The French paid him the most beautiful tribute and can now dream of the Grand Slam.