How Les Bleues want to counter the attack of the Black Ferns in the semi-finals of the World Cup

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How Les Bleues want to counter the attack of the Black Ferns in the semi-finals of the World Cup

The final details were finalized this Friday on the grounds of the Grammar TEC, in the eastern suburbs of Auckland, where the French team has been preparing all week for the challenge of a semi-final against the Black Ferns, Saturday at Eden Park (7:30 am). After the captain run, some Blues relaxed with a drop contest, if necessary… random. Far removed from the seriousness shown in recent days during defensive transfers.

A suitable defensive system

Because the Habs know that their salvation will certainly go through a once again airtight defense against New Zealanders with frightening offensive statistics since the start of the World Cup. “We made video all week to see the threats that this team could have, recognizes the second line Safi N’Diaye. As we did against the Italians last week (39-3 in quarters), an adequate defensive system has been developed. »

“We want to kill their game as quickly as possible”

Gaëlle Mignot, coach in charge of the scrum

To allow wingers Portia Woodman or Ruby Tui to shine, the Black Ferns often insist in the heart of the field, in order to free up spaces outside. “We want to kill their game as quickly as possible, enlightens Gaëlle Mignot, coach in charge of the scrum and attitudes in contact. It’s a team that is really trying to tighten up the axis to deploy the game afterwards. They are very strong in this transition. »

Les Bleues, who have not conceded a try for 216 minutes, are moving forward with confidence towards the biggest challenge of their World Cup. “We are going to use our strong point which is the defense, insists N’Diaye. It doesn’t matter whether they offer us a game in the axis or a game deployed. »“New Zealand have been quite to their advantage in recent games, but they have seen our defense, they know that we will offer them an opposition, assures Mignot. We trained to respond to all their forms of play. And even to slam a heel drop if necessary.

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