the essential At the end of the three French victories in this autumn tour, it is time to take stock of the human toll. Who is “in”? Who is “out”?
At the time of going to bed the first assessments, several players scored points. On the front line, Peato Mauvaka , author of five essays during the month of November, caught up with Julien Marchand , so much so that the staff of the Blues will have to rack their brains to release a titular hooker, next winter.
In the cage, the Bordeaux Cameron Woki , usual flanker of the Union Bordeaux-Bègles, took all the observers by surprise, signing against Georgia and New Zealand two major performances in the second row position: aerial, skilful with the ball in hand and good in the fight, the former Massicois is now essential in the pack of French forwards. Unless the Toulousain Thibaud Flament continues his irrepressible march forward?
At the hinge, Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack took advantage of their only game played together (against the All Blacks) to put the competition light years away when in the middle of the field, the hard-hitting Jonathan Danty proved that his punching profile could prove invaluable in the face of increasingly dense defenses.
At the back of the field, Melvyn Jaminet settled down as the scorer at 100% of the Blues (twenty points and 0 fault on Saturday night) when on the right wing, Damian Penaud , three tries in the last two games, proved to his staff that his two sluggish past seasons were a distant memory…
Macalou, Jalibert and Haouas as collateral victims
Who lost points, then? Clumsy in the face of the Georgians, shy for his only tenure on the tour, the pink soldier Sekou Macalou did not really convince observers and insofar as Charles Ollivon quickly returned to his level, the Stade Français flanker, so strong in the league, will have to worry about his place in the France group.
At the opening, if Matthieu Jalibert did not disappoint during his first two tenures, he was however blackballed by the last uppercase release of Romain Ntamack , who is now establishing himself as the indisputable playmaker of the Tricolores.
To the right of the tricolor fray, the impunity of Mohamed Haouas has meanwhile been widely questioned by Uini Atonio’s very good match against the New Zealand. As expected, the absent ( Bernard Le Roux , Camille Chat …) lost from the field, when Brice Dulin , so good last year, pays for not knowing how to stumble. So, will the cards be reshuffled during the next Tournament? Nothing is less certain, as the staff would today like to tighten their group as much as possible…