Thomas Darracq, after the qualification of Les Bleues in the semi-finals of the World Cup: “A great satisfaction”

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Thomas Darracq, after the qualification of Les Bleues in the semi-finals of the World Cup: “A great satisfaction”

“What feeling dominates after this quarter-final largely won against Italy (39-3) ?
We are in the semi-finals of the World Cup, this is excellent news. Our first objective was to qualify in the last four. Putting 40 points to Italy, an outsider in this competition, is a great performance by the French team.

“It’s very important that the whole group is involved in order to go for the final victory”

As in the group stage, the French team finished the match very well by scoring a lot of tries. How do you explain that ?
We are really lucky to have a homogeneous group. When they entered, the finishers showed they had a lot of speed. It was an objective given in the week: to maintain the speed in this endgame. The girls played the game, they made a good entrance even if the others had done some undermining work before. This allowed the finishers to materialize. It is very important that the whole group is involved in order to go for the final victory.

However, at the break, the Blue only led 10-3 and struggled in attack despite a clear territorial domination. What was the speech at halftime?
The speech at halftime (10-3) was to be patient. We realized once again that we wanted to go and finish the shots very quickly, we narrowly missed certain phases of the game near the lines where we rush. We thought we had a margin with the Italian team, but we wanted to go too fast, the score at half-time should have been higher. We asked the players to play closer to the line, to attack the first spaces because Italy was waiting to counter us. We still have room for improvement, but despite everything the score is there, and it’s a great satisfaction. »

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