XV of France – autumn tour: Melvyn Jaminet, good foot good eye, and man of the match against Argentina

the essential The Perpignan full-back carried the Blues against Argentina by his accuracy in front of the poles and the precision of his raises.

Melvyn Jaminet was a second division player five months ago, but on Saturday night, for his first at the Stade de France, the Perpignan back brought the Blues against Argentina by his accuracy in front of the poles and the precision of his reminders.

With 19 points and only one failure in front of the poles, Jaminet, elected man of the match, was able to be effective, he who had inherited the role of scorer, usually assigned to the forerunners of the XV of France, Romain Ntamack or Matthieu Jalibert.

And to think that last July, the native of Hyères, 21 years, was still an unknown. His brilliant season 2020 – 2021 with Usap, promoted to Top 14, had opened the doors to the XV of France, for the tour in Australia, while he had never yet played in the elite.

After a last stammered possession which had cost the Blues a defeat in the last moments (23 – 21), Jaminet had recovered during act two against the Wallabies, by entering 22 points in front of the poles. And the Blues had signed their first success (28 – 26) “Down Under” since 1990!

He had added fifteen during the “beautiful” against the Australians, narrowly lost (30 – 30). “He had a too ungrateful physique when he was young, he went on another path. He regained confidence in Perpignan and it’s a real nugget. Even criticized, we knew he needed to live this experience and that he was going to respond, “coach Fabien Galthié said about the player trained in Toulon.

Jaminet had not made it into the Var. Blocked by competition in the young teams, he had even thought of stopping everything in 2015. “I felt a little lost. Physically, I was a little below the others, put aside,” he said before his international debut. “I wasn’t having fun with rugby anymore, I didn’t want to play or train anymore.”

It was when he left the RCT for “a village club” that he had “really rediscovered” himself, and had started to enjoy the field again. “It was more family-friendly, I really enjoyed myself,” he explained. Saturday, for his first match on French soil with the Blues, the back of the Usap did not succeed everything.

He unscrewed a clearance in the first period and suffered a failure in front of the poles just before the break, wanting to stretch his shot too much. There was also this drop missed as the hour mark approached and a badly negotiated high ball which led to the second Argentina try at the end of the game.

Serenity and accuracy

But the three successful penalties in the first period kept the Blues afloat, battered in conquest and melee by fierce Pumas. The first successful at 35 meters from the posts, while he was off-center on the right side, launched him well in his match. The other two did not disturb his serenity and his accuracy despite the distance (approximately 36 meters).

His raises also made the Blues breathe when the Argentines put them under pressure, like this touch found in the 21 opposing meters (36).

In the second half, the Perpignanais made his two transformations a reality. The first consecutive to a breakaway from the second row Thibaud Flament, author of his first international try for his first selection. The following one after a gush of the Toulouse hooker Peato Mauvaka, entered in the relay of Julien Marchand.

Not to mention two other successful penalties, which gave air to his team when the Pumas came back within gun range.

The XV of France has found its goalscorer.

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