Replacing Antoine Dupont as scrum half, Baptiste Serin believes he should have benefited from more playing time with the XV of France during the Six Nations Tournament.
Baptiste Serin (26 years old) concluded his VI Nations Tournament on a very bitter note. He received a yellow card just two minutes after coming into play in France’s defeat to Scotland (23-27) on Friday.
A “very, very severe” yellow
“When I left the field, I did not even know what I had done !, he confides in La Provence. I know that I was ‘paged’ by the referee, he told me. perhaps confused with someone… I found that very, very severe… That there is one who pays, I think it is better that it is me because, finally, we had more need of forwards at the end of the match than a number 9. But Brice (Dulin, editor’s note) made a lot of efforts by replacing me in the scrum and without that, maybe only on the last action (which offered the victory to Scotland), he would have had the lucidity to hit in touch. “
This incomprehension adds to a very frustrating competition for the lining of Antoine Dupont for the post of scrum half. On the five matches of the Tournament, the Toulonnais remained twice on the bench in Ireland and England, during tense end of matches for the Blues. He ended up spending only 30 cumulative minutes on the field during his three appearances in Italy, then against Wales and Scotland. Without language of wood, it regrets its low use.
“This card (against Scotland) is anecdotal even if I find that the referee has clearly abused, plague the player of 28 years. I do not know if it is in the image of my Tournament, but it is It is true that I did not have a lot of playing time. I think I should have played a little more but hey, I have already had the discussions with the staff, I will not dwell on them. yes, it was a frustrating tournament, and I’m disappointed because I think I had the means to bring something to the end of the game. I’m even convinced of it. “
After the defeat in England where he had spent fresh blood and in particular Baptiste Serin, Fabien Galthié had made his choice. “We exchange, it’s important that the players share their feedback and that we give them our way of thinking, our reasoning, the way we build the team, how we live the game and how we make the decisions that we assume completely, had explained. There are exchanges on this subject with players like Baptiste Serin. We share his feelings and his emotions which can be unpleasant, that goes for Baptiste Serin but also for the others who are in the 31. “