The Blues believed in it, but logically fell against Australia (14-5) in the quarter-finals of the Rugby 7s World Cup which takes place until Sunday in Cape Town (South Africa). Unrealistic, they competed against the favorite of the competition, but will play a classification match for 5th place against Samoa or Fiji on Sunday (11:24).
Pierre Mignot nevertheless had the first interesting action of the game to negotiate (3rd), but did not believe in his legs enough to go and score in the corner. The two teams then went blow for blow, with the defenses taking precedence over the attacks. The yellow card given to Jean-Pascal Barraque (4th) had no impact on the score. While the Blues had one last ball to negotiate, the risk-taking of Stephen Parez-Edo (7th) benefited the Australians, and Henry Paterson scored the first try (9th).
Returning from the break, the French responded with a sublime movement of more than 70 meters, with several passes and well-managed situations. Paulin Riva (8th) concluded this nice reply. The Wallabies, all fresh winners of the world circuit and favorites of the competition, took off in stride with Maurice Longbottom (10th). The French, sterile in attack, failed to cross the opposing defensive curtain in the last minutes, and logically bowed (14-5).
Their French counterparts are also trying to reach the last four, as they play their quarter-final against Fiji this Saturday evening (9:05 p.m.) after crushing South Africa (29-0). New Zealand are the defending champions for both women and men.