It had been 31 years since France had imposed itself in Australia! After having cracked last week (23-21), the Blues – still without their stars – this time signed the feat (28-26), this Tuesday.
This time, the Blues have not yet cracked!
The XV of France believed to relive the terrible scenario of the first match that they had lost after the siren (23-21) after a big blunder. Once again, they led most of the game (with the exception of a 16-16 between the 46th and 51st) taking the advantage in the 2nd minute before giving in … five minutes from the end (26-25). This time, Fabien Galthié’s men managed to get the win on a final scrum with the excellent Jonathan Danty… in the third row. Impeccable, Melvyn Jaminet offered the victory to the Blues. “We knew how to look for it in the opposite direction, savors Anthony Jelonch, French captain. I am very proud of the team, I have no words. With this team, we are capable of anything.”
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In difficulty during his first selection, Melvyn Jaminet signed a second impeccable meeting at the foot. He signed a clear foot (8/8, 23 points) including two distant kicks, or another in the corner. He is also at the origin of a superb breakthrough in the axis (62 meters gained, best French total over the whole match) concluding with a penalty which he himself passed (51st). He offered the victory to the Blues by keeping his cool on a final penalty. Bluffing for a player who has never played a Top 14 match before.
Another big defense of the Blues
As he has become accustomed to, the XV of France left possession of the ball to the Australians. This implies relentless defense and the Blues have shone again in this area. As in the first test, Arthur Vincent was huge (25 tackles, two misses). His association with Jonathan Danty (15 tackles), still very good, worked very well. Cyril Cazeaux finished the game with 20 tackles (two misses). His replacement Romain Taofifenua signed a very noticed entry by bringing power in the combat zones. For his first selection, Ibrahim Diallo also passed the milestone of 20 tackles, 23 (three missed), the same total as captain Anthony Jelonch (1 missed). Hooker Gaëtan Barlot (five successful throws in touch) signed a remarkable performance with sharp initiatives. Note also the magnificent performance of Cameron Woki (15 tackles, 60 meters gained), with a constant showdown and five last minutes in the second row.
The decisive entry of the substitutes
The Blues also went for this victory thanks to their bench. The second line Romain Taofifenua shone by bringing a lot of percussion and a big activity in the combat zones. He narrowly missed a try but dropped the ball when it was time to flatten. The French snatched the fray for the win with a deeply reworked pack and a first row where Bamba (14 caps) was an old man with Enzo Forletta (1st selection) and Anthony Etrillard (2nd selection), who was even allowed a kick to follow to release his camp in full pressure on the opposing side.
Sekou Macalou also signed a nice entry. Even the wavering caused by Kelian Geraci’s injury exit did not weigh down the Blues. The staff could not bring in a specialist for the post (Cazeaux and Azagoh had already left and Geraci suffered from a shoulder injury, not a bleeding which allows the replacement by a player already released). Full-back Anthony Bouthier took his place in the center, bringing up Jonathan Danty in the third row and Cameron Woki in the second row.