XV of France – autumn tour: why Romain Ntamack left prematurely, putting an end to the promising association with Matthieu Jalibert?

the essential The Toulousain, aligned in center position Saturday night at the Stade de France, was taken out by the coach from the 54 th minute. Fabien Galthié justified his choice after the match won by the Blues.

A duet and debates. The association was one of the major poles of interest, Saturday, November 6 at the Stade de France, during the first test match of the autumn tour of the Blues, against Argentina. Romain Ntamack (Stade Toulousain) and Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles) were aligned from the start of the meeting, the Toulousain in the center, the Bordeaux at the opening. Union which, on paper, has something to make your mouth water.

But the association did “pschitt”. Under constant pressure from catchy Argentines, the duo were never able to express themselves. The coach Fabien Galthié, obviously, realized this and chose to replace a Romain Ntamack left head down (two penalties conceded, a missed tackle), from the 54 th minute.

A choice that the Cadurcien justified, at the end of the meeting: “It was an opportunity to totally change our composition and our way of playing depending on the scenario. We had several options that we had worked on. We felt that we needed more impact, more physical density. We were abused, they were more present than us in the ground game. With someone like Jonathan Danty, we chose to coach players who bring more aggressiveness, solidity. It’s a match where you had to change organization during the match. “

Ntamack-Jalibert, we still ask to review …

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