“How do you analyze this victory against Japan?
We are very happy to have won this game. We continue our series of victories, even if all was not perfect during the match. It’s good for gaining experience too. We release a very big part on the fundamentals in particular, the conquest in touch and the scrum. We’ve taken over in this area and it’s definitely easier to play rugby when you have a dominating pack.
Was it complicated to play Japan after South Africa with a possible release?
Not at all. We wanted to win this meeting and not take the Japanese lightly. We were very focused on this match and our objective was above all not to disrespect this team. Victory is at the end, it confirms our good road.
“If there’s anything to remember, it’s camp outings. We put a little more game on the long foot, we went back to play at home.
You tried to throw many balls again. Have you “disavowed” the famous dispossession game?
No, I think we used the kicking game pretty well in this game. We played in their camp, except during the resumption in the second half when we suffered a little. The kicking game was good. Relaunch a ball if the end of camp is positive, we are not prohibited. The first quarter of the first half, we played a lot at home. We had to try a raise to break the rhythm. If there’s anything to remember, it’s camp outings. We put on a little more long foot play, we went back to play at home. They were trailing, they took risks and thanks to our good defense, we were able to counter them.
What conclusions do you draw from your tour more personally?
The balance sheet is positive. I played 80 minutes three times, I’m happy.
You were expected…
(he smiles) By who ? Expected maybe. The kicking game is one of my strengths, so it was not necessarily on that that I was most expected. What was perhaps more expected is what I was going to do with the ball in my camp. I think I was comfortable. I hope to continue during the Tournament, but a lot will happen between now and then. But playing the Tournament and then the World Cup is a goal. »