France lose in World Cup semi-finals to New Zealand

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France lose in World Cup semi-finals to New Zealand

The French knew that a huge challenge awaited them this Sunday afternoon, in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Les Bleues rubbed shoulders with New Zealand, double defending champion, Olympic champion in Tokyo last year, and, above all, with a team that had beaten them in two finals, those of the 2021 Olympics and the World Cup. 2018. And once again, they yielded against the world reference (7-38).

The New Zealanders took control of the match from their first possession, and did not doubt when the Olympic vice-champions replied on their first ball, through Joanna Grisez (7-7). They then unfolded, immediately regaining the advantage, thanks to a good combination behind a scrum, and perfectly managing the last action of the first period. Three minutes beyond the siren, whose tempo they dictated, causing penalties against the French, they took off (21-7). And in the second half, they never hinted at the slightest relaxation, scoring three new tries, the last of which thanks to an aggressive defense which had cornered the French in their own in-goal (38-7).

“Show that we know how to bounce back”

“We didn’t manage to play our rugby, we weren’t ourselves, regretted Chloe Pelle. We didn’t dare enough, we weren’t forward enough. And they played very well, congratulations to them. Now you have to sweep and go for third place, show that you know how to bounce back, because that’s the hallmark of great teams. » Les Bleues will play the match for bronze this Sunday (7:01 p.m.) against the United States (beaten 17-7 in the half by Australia).

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