Reinforced, the Blues crush the All Blacks and mark their territory, two years after the World Cup

They marked the appointment with a white cross. On Saturday, November 20, at the impressive full Stade de France, the Blues marked the bodies of the All Blacks in white. and souls. New Zealand style winner at the Autumn Tour finale (40-25), France’s 15th Fabien Galletti holds his reference match. Of those who are said to have stars in their eyes.

Replay the meeting: The Blues achieve this feat by defeating the All Blacks

“This poster has been in the back of our minds for several weeks now.”Meet Captain Antoine Dupont the day before the meeting. He barely swallowed Hakka, and didn’t drag his associates to go attack what is best done on the planet of rugby: the New Zealanders. Making sure of their strength, they put Ian Foster’s men in the rear, and scored three hard runs in the half hour (two by Beto Mufaka, and one by Roman Ntamak).

Sumptuous menu for the grumpy crowd of the Stade de France, also at the height of the rendezvous. “There was a lot of noise, and we let them gain momentum from the start”New Zealand coach blew. After a year and a half of food shortages, the pandemic requires, the French public has sent a signal to the All Blacks, who will be back in the Dionysian can in two years for the opening of the 2023 World Cup – against France’s XV.

Exhausted from an endless run – they’ve spent the past 12 weeks in a very strict health bubble – and losing last week in Ireland (20-29), one would have thought Sam Whitelock’s teammates had been put down by a blue vera. The All Blacks dominated at the heart of the game – as evidenced by the two French attempts scored after a hacked group – their backs bowed. But after the break, they reminded the French why their black jersey holds a special place in world rugby.

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In one act, Netamak revives the blues

Roughly treated on return from the locker room with a proud New Zealander, on the cusp of giving up, all it takes is a great job for the blues to be back on trend. After a clever kick from behind Jordi Barrett, Romain Netamak recovered the ball into the French goal under pressure from the opponent. But instead of making sure, Toulouse’s infantry raises and wipes out two opponents and launches a lightning counterattack. With a blind pass, Melvin serves Jaminette, who goes up the field before serving Antoine Dupont. “We ended up five meters from the opponent in the goal with a yellow card against them [Ardie Savea]. Psychologically, this burst of pride has done us a lot of good.enjoys captain blues.

Toulousain helped Romain Ntamack to revive the Blues after the break, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, on November 20, 2021.

Recently released, after an hour spent fighting against the New Zealand frontline, columnist Cyril Pyle got up. “I screamed with all my might, it was magicadmits. This amazing feat brings us back to the game a little bit. » Because the blues felt the breath of blacks on their necks. They reached the second half by leading wide (24-6), and did not lead wide after a quarter of an hour, having witnessed the 2011 and 2015 world champions score three attempts (27-25). “At the beginning of the second half, we had a weak time, then it was very weakFabian Galthey notes. Until that moment when Roman and the players behind him decided to say stop: “We resume the game.” » They didn’t let him go.

After two incomplete wins against Argentina (29-20) and Georgia (41-15), the Blues knew they were expected. If their potential was hardly up for debate, Fabian Galette’s pesky men have been in the habit of letting some match ends slip away for two years. Will they climb Montenegro and make tangible progress with a prestigious victory? Partners of Antoine Dupont, meeting for a month in Marcoussy, succeeded in their transformation in the fall. “We were able to keep going and we didn’t flinch”, salutes the captain of the blue ship. They took complete control of Fabian Galthe and his staff in a remarkable victory.

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“We will not take ourselves to others”

Les Bleus millésime Galthié beat the All Blacks, and these victories are too rare to enjoy. The last French victory over Team Ferns dates back to 2009, and the Blacks have had fourteen consecutive successes since then. Until the last second, Melvin’s perfect-fitting teammates Jaminette at the foot (8/8), crossed, and roared, the 40-point bar at the siren. Something to send a message two years after the 2023 World Cup. “We’ve been observing its development for two years, and watched it this eveningNew Zealand coach Ian Foster received after the meeting. France beat us tonight. It is a group with confidence and a good mix of skill and experience. »

“These players believe in themselves and are not bound.”Fabian Galthey adds. Like the last French Test, Damien Benaud jumped to leave the ball, but was lost by France, his arm turning into the goal. Not all blacks recovered. But, the coach warns, “We will not take ourselves to others. This victory is a step that will not change our vision.”

Against the All Blacks (in white), Damien Benaud scored the fourth French attempt, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, on November 20, 2021.

On the Time Arrow he hung when he took office, the encounter against the All Blacks was only halfway on the path that should lead to dedication, at the 2023 World Cup. The Blues crew’s trajectory finally revealed in 2019 in the coach’s stronghold in Lot The goal was clear: “Quickly prepare for matches and titles. » For matches, these blues tick the box — Saturday, the way — the titles remain. The 2022 Six Nations Championship, where they will have three times (including England in the last match) should allow them to that advance. “Playing against the All Blacks is one thing, but when you beat them you become another rugby player”The Blues’ general manager, Rafael Ibanez, warned this week in Marcousi. After performing their capital, they know they are expected. “From now on, all teams will face us at 200%”Melvin Jaminette hits. On the uphill slope for two years, they want to take on the challenge.

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