The French rugby team took its revenge against Scotland, eight months after its defeat in the 6 Nations Tournament (28-17), the only one recorded during the 2020 edition of the competition, which it has finished in second place. Showing themselves solid, even if they committed many faults and were penalized a lot, the Blues won 22-15. While remaining on four defeats at Murrayfield, they pocketed their first success on Scottish soil in six years.
If it is difficult to draw great lessons in this unprecedented competition, born of the health crisis and replacing the traditional autumn tour of friendly matches, the French confirm their happy new year 2020, during which they only lost ‘just once.
Sunday in the damp freshness of Murrayfield stadium, the bosses of a redesigned tricolor XV, such as Antoine Dupont, Virimi Vakatawa or Charles Ollivon have once again responded.
After a good start to the French match (6-0), the Scots clung, coming back to height in a scoring duel (12-12 at halftime). Center Virimi Vakatawa came closest to scoring a try late in the first period, but was knocked onto his back at the last moment.
It was only a postponement for the man of the match, in all the good ways. Just after the break, Vincent Rattez pierced the Scottish line before slipping the ball to let him flatten into the in-goal.
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The Blues then held in a more disjointed game, with many candles between the backs of the two teams. Strongly penalized in the first period (four penalties in the first 20 minutes), they tightened the game against the Scots ultimately not very sharp, and who were never close to scoring a try.
New group for the sequel
This victory allows the France team to be in an ideal position to take the lead in their hen. After their green carpet victory over Fiji due to a massive wave of coronavirus contaminations in their ranks, it ranks second behind Scotland but with a match still to play, against Italy, Saturday November 28 at the Stade de France.
If successful, the French will meet the English for the final of this first autumn Nations Cup. It will be with a whole new group, the players of the first matches of the XV of France having to find their club due to an agreement between the federation and the Rugby League. The list of 31 players to face Italy, unveiled Friday, November 20, is therefore made up mostly of novices in the selection.
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“It’s just the victory that counts, it’s won and it does everyone a lot of good. We will enjoy it tonight after five weeks together. It’s good to finish with a win. Everyone would have signed up to live such a year with this group ”, rejoiced after the match captain Charles Ollivon, who will return to his Toulon club.