Thomas Darracq, after France-Italy: “A nightmarish match”

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Thomas Darracq, after France-Italy: “A nightmarish match”

“Are you worried after this defeat against Italy ?
Yes, worried about what we came for today (Friday), that is to say confidence and consistency. We fell into the trap, it was a nightmarish match, everything added up, even the physical glitches. So yes, it is worrying.

How do you explain this poor performance?
He lacked commitment, we were caught in the ground game, we had few clean balls. We had a lot of trouble getting quality rucks. Once again, we narrowly missed a few touches, we committed two or three scrum fouls at key moments in the match. And we missed a few camp outings. We hit direct kicks in touch, we were countered. It’s a match where there were so many small and big mistakes that it’s hard to report them all.

“I hope that switching to the announcement of the complete list will allow some to ask fewer questions”

What do you attribute these errors to? The fact that the group digests the physical preparation?
Clearly yes, I felt from the warm-up that the team was not up to speed. It was hard to change pace. But that’s no excuse, we had scored two tries, we were ahead, we weren’t in too much danger. But we lose this ball carried where we lack control and then there was this murderous counter of the Italians. Behind, we got into trouble. We felt the team rocking in fear of doing wrong, we thwarted.

Despite the half-time and the changes at the start of the second half, your team did not reverse this situation…
It all came together, we made a change to the scrum, it lasted 3 minutes (Laure Sansus went out on concussion protocol at the start of the second half after replacing Pauline Bourdon), we had to go back to our n°10 (Lina Queyroi) in the scrum, it destabilized our three-quarter line. Romane Ménager had a pain, it also had to be taken out… there was a combination of things that made the team destabilized.

Do you know what levers you can activate to restore the level of confidence?
Yes, I already hope that switching to the announcement of the complete list (of 32 players called up for the World Cup, unveiled this Sunday) will allow some to ask fewer questions. We feel that it is a delicate period with the proximity of this announcement. But it’s the high level, you shouldn’t hide behind that. We knew the stakes of the trip of the day, we wanted to avoid the trap and we fell into it. »

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