XV de France (F) – autumn tour: now the Blue can look down on the New Zealand women

the essential France celebrating in Castres! Strong defensively and strong in conquest, especially in touch, the Blue (again) dominated the New Zealanders in Pierre-Fabre, and validated a successful autumn tour.

A feat, it is possible. Chain two, more complicated. They had said so, had posted it before this meeting. Beating New Zealand, a second time in a row, would be a way to prove that these victories of panache, against the five-time world champions, are not trivial. And above all no miraculous character. Because the XV of France female, with this victory acquired in Pierre-Fabre against the Black Ferns (29 – 7), comes out of an autumn tour where he will have made full box.

As in Pau, a week ago (38 – ), the Tricolores showed the muscles to New Zealand women hurt. “Our game project evolves over the gatherings. But we know that our DNA is based on a big defense and a big conquest”, indicated the third line Safi N’Diaye.

High-flying alignment

Defense and conquest, two intrinsic qualities at the origin of this French success yesterday in Castres. The women in black stumbled against an airtight blue curtain, although they scored on their only foray into 22 yards in the first period (14 – 7, 38). The aggressiveness shown by Gaëlle Hermet’s teammates has constantly disrupted the game of the Black Ferns, unable to get out of their court with the ball in hand, despite any attempts to revive. But it is especially in conquest that the XV of France made the girls bend to the fern.

Three of the four tests registered yesterday were quite simply the result of phases of conquest. Particularly in the sideline sector, where the French alignment was evolving at much higher altitudes than its counterpart. “We had chosen to have an air team. The work of these four weeks has borne fruit today (yesterday, editor’s note),” said Thomas Darracq, sports manager of the French women’s XV. Les Bleues partly took advantage of an imperial Céline Ferer in the air to build solid mauls, converted into trials (4, 40). “We had said to ourselves to win these balls in touch and to structure ourselves well behind. It is a point on which we wanted to press, and we should not hesitate to continue to use it thereafter”, admitted Céline Ferer. For sure, because, just one year before the World Cup in New Zealand, the France team has solid foundations there to set off to attack the most prestigious of coronations.

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