Marjorie Mayans, after the victory of Les Bleues in the quarterfinals of the World Cup against Italy: “We kept a cool head”

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Marjorie Mayans, after the victory of Les Bleues in the quarterfinals of the World Cup against Italy: “We kept a cool head”

Marjorie Mayans (third line of the France team, after victory against Italy) : “This is another step taken. We fell against a great Italian team but we still had a goal despite this somewhat difficult season. We got closer against the English (7-13 defeat on October 15) and there, we said to ourselves that we wanted to go as far as possible. It’s up to us to approach the semi-final as best we can.

We wanted to attack the spaces in the distance, we rushed a bit. After some playing time, we said to ourselves that we still had to go and physically attack the Italians. They were very difficult to get around, so we tried to tighten the defense with sharp runs in the middle of the field, to then have the gaps that we found in the second period.

We had trouble creating disorder among the Italians. They defended very well, they were super smart. And our lack of traffic speed in front did not allow us to put the three-quarters in the best conditions in the first period.

We stayed focused, like against the English. We knew we had to do the job in the first half, facing the wind, and not derail, keep a cool head. We knew that our physical dimension would take over at the end of the match. »

Émilie Boulard (back of the Blues) : “We are super excited about the idea of ​​living the sequel. The fact of being named best player of the match adds something but it is necessary to underline the performance of the team. We had a great second period. The Italians defended very well in the first half. They caught some shots, left us little space to attack, and we lacked precision.

Fortunately, our forwards were super strong in the scrum. They allowed us to play in the advance at three-quarters and to recover penalties. We were able to play more liberated, more relaxed. This bodes well for the future. »

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