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The XV of France outcled New Zealand. Credits: La Chaîne l’Equipe
TOPS/FLOPS – Find out what caught the attention of the editorial staff after the victory of the Bleuets (35-14) this Wednesday in the group stage of the Under-20 World Cup.
Posolo Tuilagi, the health walk
For his first match with the France U20 team in this World Cup, the second row of USA Perpignan wandered around, on the occasion of the victory of his family against the Baby Blacks (35-14). Two tries, 11 tackles and some 85 meters gained, Tuilagi moved everything in his path, whether in attack or defense. He had not been able to join the group in time for the start of the competition and he now seems very well integrated. It will be necessary to confirm Tuesday against the Welsh, but the sample seen this afternoon is very encouraging.
The XV of France stronger than ever
How not to be delighted with the performance of Blueberries! They showed a lot of heart, a lot of desire in the face of the adversity offered by the Baby Blacks. THE famous haka of these, which lasted two minutes at most, was the subject of mental preparation by the staff of the U20 team. The latter worked since it only took seven minutes for the Bleuets to score the first try of the game. What is certain is that the vaunted sacred unit since the start of the tournament is not oversold.
The Baby Blacks didn’t have a burst of pride
This defeat will inevitably make people talk in New Zealand. Accustomed to dominating this age group, the Baby Blacks did not reure after the narrow victory acquired against the Welsh 27 to 26. They were expected to come more motivated than ever, especially against the double supporters of the title. It was not the case. They worried the French at most between the 50th and 65th. It was to wonder if the New Zealanders were going to score points in the meeting, before their first points (58th)! Such a performance would have been unprecedented. Another highlight is that they were denied two tries. They will have to fight against Japan for the last pool match.
The little crossing of the Tricolores desert
We are going to be perfectionists, we would have liked to see 80 full minutes of this French team. Between the 50th and 65th minute of play, the Bleuets were on their knees. Although they showed remarkable selflessness in the face of opposing attacks, they concentrated all of their missteps in these 15 minutes. They collected 2 yellow cards (Jauneau and Costes, 52nd then 57th). They also saw an opposing try refused (56th), a penalty try awarded to the Baby Blacks (58th) and an in-game try scored by them (59th). But after this stormy lapse of time, the XV of France recovered beautifully by scoring a try two minutes later.