Les Bleues beat Fiji to reach World Cup semi-finals

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Les Bleues beat Fiji to reach World Cup semi-finals

There will be a French team in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup 7: the Blues qualified on Saturday for the semi-finals of the competition, organized in Cape Town, South Africa, at the expense of Fiji (19-14). They will play against New Zealand for a place in the final on Sunday (12:07 p.m.).

The French, like their male counterparts who lost a few minutes earlier against Australia in the quarter-finals, missed their start to the game: Ana Maria Naimasi broke a tackle in the middle and opened the scoring (3rd). Winners of Japan in the previous round (36-7), the Fijians ended the first period outnumbered with a yellow card received by Viniana Riwai (6th). Despite numerous technical errors and lost balls, the Bleues, Olympic vice-champions in the discipline, came back to score just before the break (7-7) with a Camille Grassineau try which rewarded a long collective movement (8th).

Chloé Pelle’s teammates took the lead on a sharp run from Jade Ulutule (8th) from the first moments of the second period. Dominating, they tried to make the break, but it was Ana Maria Naimasi who offered herself a double (14th) in the last seconds. The last ball before a possible extension was successfully launched by the French: Joanna Grisez made the borders along the line and, after a run of 60 meters, gave the victory to the French team.

Sunday (12:07 p.m.), the French will face New Zealand in the semi-finals, victorious on their side of Ireland (28-0). New Zealand are the defending champions for both women and men.

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