In the home stretch towards the World Cup in New Zealand (October 8 to November 12), the France team began its preparation matches with a victory (21-0), Saturday in Nice, against Italy. After weeks of preparation between Marcoussis, Andorra and the Côte d’Azur, Thomas Darracq wanted his players to come up against a team that had given them problems during the Six Nations Tournament (39-6 victory). “They have progressed enormously in recent years, so playing them is a bit like playing our alter ego”, had warned the coach. He was not wrong.
If the Blues folded the match in 24 minutes thanks to three tries signed Laure Sansus, Céline Ferer and Annaëlle Deshaye, they then suffered the rough defense of their opponents who may have lost their captain Manuela Furlan to injury for the second test. -match, next Friday in Biella. The rest of the game thus looked more like an improved training, the Blues dominated physically but failed to materialize with some problems in touch and many handling errors.
“We are too imprecise, a little too easy to play, too readable”
” It’s true that we dominate, but we’re too imprecise, we’re a little too easy to play, too legible. They only defend by controlling, they take us into the sidelines… We have to manage to be more threatening, in all areas of the gameexplained Laure Sansus at the microphone of France televisions. There, we made it easier for them to defend, we weren’t as threatening as we could have been. These are just details because basically, it’s pretty good. You will also have to adjust the key because you need ammunition. The names of the 32 players who will fly to New Zealand on September 22 will be announced on September 12.