Since the appointment of Fabien GalthiÃ ©, the Blues have become competitive again … but have failed several times at the end of the match. Again last Wednesday against Wallabies they meet again this Tuesday (12 noon).
Fabien Gathié and his staff have already achieved a real tour de force. We no longer fear before each match of the XV of France a departure of the magnitude of those administered over the last ten years by the All Blacks, the Springboks and the Wallabies. Better yet, with a team of odds and ends, he gave back to the supporters the desire to believe in it against all rationality. This was the case last November at Twickenham, during the final of the Nations Cup of Nations, his team-bis only losing in sudden death. This was the case again last Wednesday in Brisbane, where it took a badly mastered touch on the edge of stoppage to let slip on the wire a victory in Australia which has been overdue since 1990.
Those who blame the culprits of this blunder soon forgot that it was the act of two players who honored their first selection, the scrum half of Racing Teddy Iribaren and the back of the USAP, Melvyn Jaminet, who had until then been only in â ?? ¦ Pro D2! Obviously we cannot demand the same mastery from them, the same composure as the usual holders. Who, despite their great talent, have not done better in the recent past. Conceding in the last Six Nations Tournament two defeated in the last seconds against England and then Scotland.
It is this recurrence that we are entitled to underline. If the selector, his meticulous assistants, his game plans which border on the miracle have restored pride and going to the XV of France, they must imperatively resolve this last weakness so as not to relive, again and again, these cruel delusions. Staff and players, however, believe that, for now, these tragic endings are helping the France team to grow and learn. AT?? condition to retain the lessons. Not to repeat the same mistakes, to get rid of this fatal feverishness.
Captain by interim – Charles Ollivon is part of the twenty packages for this tour -, Anthony Jelonch does not want to relive this bitterness this Tuesday noon (French time) in Melbourne for the second of the three rounds of the tour (last test Saturday in Brisbane). For six days, he has been haranguing his troops, reminding them of the incredible opportunity to seize to enter the history of the XV of France. And affirms that he will give everything to show the example and the path to follow. “I will do everything to play a great game and lead my team to victory”, did not hesitate to promise the future Toulouse. Habituated, like his teammates, by a strong feeling of revenge.
But, opposite, the Australians, are no less determined. Their victory on the wire against this team of France bis only earned them criticism on the Continent. It had to be a health walk. It was a laborious chase, the Blues having always led to the score until these damn stoppages of play. They too need to restore their image. For ten years, the Wallabies have been stalling, seeing New Zealanders and South Africans take off, each claiming a world championship title. Sarcastic, the Australian press recalled the importance of this tour for the tattered prestige of the Australian XV who has not won any competition or any series of matches since 2014 and a tour © e duâ ?? ¦ XV of France, England, in 2016, and Ireland in 2018, having confirmed the decline of the men in the gold jersey. Seven long years without major success. A weight that the Wallabies could get rid of on Tuesday without waiting for the third test.
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