The Blues dismiss Canada and go to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

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The Blues dismiss Canada and go to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

France was jostled on Friday, but ended up taking over Canada (19-12), as part of the Rugby 7 World Cup which takes place until Sunday in Cape Town (South Africa). She will probably face Australia, or against Uruguay, on Saturday (8:35 p.m.) to clinch a place in the last four.

The Blues had started the game in the best possible way, with great pressure exerted on the reception of the Canadians. Found on the left wing, Pierre Mignot was close to scoring the first try from the first moments but committed a forward when flattening.

Lacking aggressiveness, the French conceded a first try from Brock Webster. The reply came from the two fifteen members of the group, Jean-Pascal Barraque (Clermont) and Nelson Epée (Toulouse). The first fixed his opponents well, before the second hit a kick to follow. The Clermontois filed his vis-à-vis and equalized.

Double of Nelson Sword

After a fright at the end of the first period, the Blues took advantage of a great aggressiveness from Nelson Epée in a ruck so that the latter recovered the ball and went alone into the in-goal. Benefiting from a strong moment, the French were effective with a good fixation of Tavite Veredamu to serve once again Nelson Epée, author of a double.

The second try in the wake of Brock Webster put the French team under pressure, but they held until the final whistle. Note that the match was broadcast by Canal+ Sport with a delay of a few minutes.

Earlier in the day, Canada had easily dismissed Zimbabwe (31-7). Jean-Pascal Barraque’s teammates, who did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, will try to do better than their last ranking on the world circuit (7th). Their best result in the World Cup is a 5th place (1997, 2005 and 2013).

Their female counterparts enter the tournament this Friday evening (6:35 p.m.) against South Africa, absent in Tokyo.

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