The last group match, resembling the round of 16, left little hope for the French team. In Warrington, Laurent Frayssinous’ players conceded a crushing defeat against Samoa and their 11 NRL players.
We were waiting for the forwards, and their phenomenal power, it was finally the three-quarters who quickly made the difference against the Blues, with a first try in the 5th minute by center Tim Lafai, on a game at the foot of Jarome Luai . Then the wingers went there from their festival with a second achievement from Brian To’o 18th before a quadruple from Taylan May, the formidable player of the Penrith Panthers (21st, 34th, 40, 45th, 34-0).
A huge construction site
The rest of the second period will turn into a demonstration as the French have never existed, even if Fouad Yaha will save the honor by scoring on a low-foot game from César Rougé after a mess from the Samoan rear (53rd). Joseph Paulo’s partners will score five additional tries, including a double from Milford (63rd, 74th) for a final score of 62-4.
Samoans will face Tonga in the quarter-finals. End of the adventure for the young blues who finish third in their group, with a victory against Greece and two defeats against England and Samoa. As in 2017, the French team did not reach the quarter-finals, a goal announced before the competition.
The project is huge for the French Federation before the World Cup in France in 2025.