XV of France – autumn tour: with the Blues, has the time come for these two players qualified as “UFOs”?

the essential Saturday night against Argentina, two players qualified as “UFOs” by the coach Fabien Galthié made a very good copy. Great promises for the future.

The term is dear to Fabien Galthié. The coach explained in September, “every year we have a UFO”. By that mean an unexpected player, a sort of almost mystical revelation of a rugby player. Melvyn Jaminet was the “UFO” of the Australia tour and Thibaud Flament was announced as the UFO of this fall tour.

It is clear that these two players did not disappoint for this first test, on the contrary. The second Toulouse line has planted a first try to celebrate its first selection. Chosen for his skill with the ball in hand, he was expected at the turn in the aggressive and physical context offered by Argentina. Never mind, the number four of the Blues ends this meeting with the greatest number of tackles of the team, twelve precisely, with a failure all the same.

Melvyn Jaminet for her part continued her summer momentum. Propelled scorer instead of Jalibert or Ntamack, the Catalan was effective with a nice 7/8 against the poles. These raises were also quite sharp and he was one of the few players to break through the Argentinian defensive curtain, especially in the first period.

The tauliers in danger?

So what ? Do these famous UFOs really exist? Does Galthié have a third eye? While these findings are encouraging, we must try to keep a cool head. It wasn’t all perfect either. Thibaud Flament, for example, sometimes lacked physical impact during his percussions. As on his very first ball (4th), where he was harshly pushed back by the Pumas. Jaminet was not always precise on his game at the foot of occupation and missed a few aerial duels. His attempt to drop at the 58 th minute was also largely failed.

“UFOs” or not, the perfect player does not exist and that is quite normal. However, Brice Dulin and Bernard Leroux can ask themselves questions. Both potential holders of the Galthié era, they were nevertheless sent back to their clubs before this match at the Stade de France. The usual bosses must secretly hope that the “UFOs” do not multiply too many by the time the World Cup 2023.

But the truth of today is not that of tomorrow. It is far too early to speak of eviction concerning Dulin and Leroux. The latter has experienced some physical glitches recently, for example. The La Rochelle rear has a different profile from its Perpignan counterpart. In short, Fabien Galthié is expanding his group, adding new possibilities to be able to adjust to any team. And if the French staff manage to maintain group cohesion, that can only be a good thing.

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