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Sunday, November 22, 2009

France crush Samoa at the Stade de France

France crush Samoa at the Stade de France

France achieved another good win this weekend as they cantered to a 43-5 victory over Samoa at the Stade de France in Paris.

Last weekend they beat South Africa in Toulouse, and this performance, in which they outclassed the Samoans, will give them confidence ahead of their next clash, with the All Blacks.

France were ruthless as they ran in seven tries in total, with three being scored in the first 15 minutes of the match. Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Clerc and Yannick Jauzion, got them off to a great start before Thierry Dusatoir and Benjamin Fall added tries to take them to a 33-0 halftime lead.

"My players knew how to cut the Samoans' wings early with an excellent first quarter of an hour's play. New Zealand will be an altogether more complicated proposition than Samoa. We know we have to be performing at our best," said French coach Marc Lievrement.

His captain Sylvain Marconnet added: "We knew this would be a tough match mentally. We're a group that get on well together, we're ambitious. The captain that I am today is satisfied with his troops."

France played with less intensity in the second half, but still managed to score two tries through Francois Trinh-Duc. Samoa got on the scoresheet in the final ten minutes, with a consolation try scored by Iosefa Tekori of Castres.


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Tom November 22, 2009 12:43 pm

France on the up, lookng good for 6n. Any chance of getting highlights up for ire v fiji? Some big hits in the last 20

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 12:55 pm

France = world champs 2011

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Pitseleh November 22, 2009 1:35 pm

Harinordoquy and Picamoles won't play against NZ, hope that it will be ok.

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 1:42 pm

I'm just loving this French team. Against All Blacks it will be difficult but I have a feeling we will win but we have to see who will be fully fit and available by the end of the week.

2011 = France World Champions! I really hope so ;)

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 4:23 pm

not thatcrushing... i mean its expected from france sure ireland beat Fiji by around the same

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 7:05 pm

Its two more years, relax French, dont get ahead of yourself. Your only winning at home.

WGMDelko

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 7:17 pm

You're right. We're far from being the best team in the world and we mustn't get ahead of ourselves but you have to admit our team is getting interesting. And most of them are young and new players (picamoles, trin duc, david, parra, mermoz...). So prospects are good for the future anyway.
AND we won in New Zealand in summer (the chocolate cup, i grant you, but we had never managed to do this before)

by Maximus

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 7:28 pm

Difficile de tirer quelque enseignement de ce match... si ce n'est le srieux dont a fait preuve une bonne quipe de France contre une faible opposition.

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 7:31 pm

that was a damn good looking french team out there, trinh duc looked really good on the wing (i think?), really hope they have a run at winning the world cup, would love to see all blacks vs france in the finals...that'd be a match for the century

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 8:01 pm

Unfortunately, picamoles (so far) and harinordoquy are out for the match against the ABs, two of our mightiest forwards.
the match vs the ABs will be very interesting and it would be a feat to win a complete series of tests

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HandOfFrog November 22, 2009 8:03 pm

France = worse chokers than the All Blacks IMO

Everyone knows on their day they can destroy every team and yet come the World Cup they choke.

Just depends which France want to show up...

87 - WC Final vs NZ
Choked after amazing Semi vs Oz

91 - The toy-throwing France showed up.

95 - Semi vs Boks
Choked at the death after leading the match.

99 - WC Final vs Oz
Choked after amazing Semi vs NZ

2003 - Semi vs Eng
Choked again after some amazing group stage form.

2007 - Semi vs Eng
Choked after amazing Qtr vs NZ

2011 - Another choke!

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 8:26 pm

95 against SA we were robbed hard.
Now the All Blacks !

C'mon.

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 8:40 pm

Yes, we do tend to choke big time when it really matters but this time I believe it will be different. There is a long long way to go and there is time for much more progress and developement but Marc/Emile/Didier are building this team nicely and we can all see that. Next stop Marseille then 6Nations, just one step at a time but I want them to win the WC in 2011 and the best final would be France v SA!

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Creatine Junkie November 22, 2009 9:29 pm

I think this French team is amazing. Slick backs and solid pack they are real contenders. I'll be supporting them against the All blacks.

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islandstylin' November 22, 2009 10:21 pm

WOW france came with a solid game plan against my boys!!

How do you counter an aggressive defense?? You kick the ball behind them!!!

3 of their tries were from that alone!! Smart tactic!! Now samoa will be playing on their heels.. waiting for another grubber or up and under!!

The defense around the rucks were horrible too!! No one on the blind-side?? And the hooker scoring off the ruck too, when there was a man right there?? Come on Samoa, those are basics!!

Well best thing to do is to learn from the mistakes!! Poor Lolo Lui is going to be tested again against Itlay!!

Anyways, we're still behind you boys!!

GO MANU!!!

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gman November 22, 2009 10:21 pm

Can the refs show some consistency with high tackles? The one on Vincent Clerc was ridiculous! Just because the Samoans were rubbish on that night doesn't excuse everything!

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Oli November 22, 2009 10:31 pm

HandOfFrog that's just a list of the times we lost in the WC, sure you can interpret them as choking if you want to sound like a douche but you don't have to, most of these times we just lost against better teams. At least Les Bleus gave us some incredible thrills like the 99 semi or the 2007 quarter.
You sound like some bitter Irish dude whose ass is still red from last weeks logical loss in soccer.

Putain ils ont l'air bien en forme les ptits bleus cette anne, comme quoi livremont est peut-tre pas tellement une pipe finalement. Dommage que Fall se soit bless j'aurais bien aim le revoir contre les blacks!
Trinh-Duc s'installe tranquillement en 10, et a a fait plaisir au Montpellierain que je suis!

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Genevieve November 22, 2009 10:38 pm

France are just not consistent enought to win the World Cup. They will put in a world beating display one week and then be absolutely dire one week later.

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Anonymous November 22, 2009 10:47 pm

gman

i agree with you.. i think this ref was trying to balance things with the other refs.. lol.. the ones that card islanders for way lesser infractions..

but this was definitely a high tackle.. islander or not!!

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 12:46 am

samoa need to change there centres put eliota at centre with mapusua alesana on one wing with sailosi on the other with david lemi at fullback get a new first five or use uale mai these tries were so easy its not funny and wdf france no.1??? there going to have to play there best if they dont want to get whipped by the allblacks...

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 3:37 am

yeah i think they started faafili because eliota was out with injury.. and just got back.
eliota's d is much better than faafili..
sailosi was out injured..
lemi is good on defense but too small.. the try in wales and this game, the opposite drug him to score.. fullback would be a good option for him..

the forwards, especially ofisa, needs to tighten up their d as well.. how do you let a guy run by you?? wasn't ofisa a wing before? i guess he still has to get used to the position..

hard leasons..

GO DA MANU!!

alu atoa ia ai

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 5:47 am

samoa's try was a knock on.

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Ulf November 23, 2009 9:23 am

This test was a good performance, but our game is well fitted to beat these kind of team (I mean, teams that are a little bit disorganized).

There was no pressure since first try, so we cannot really tell anything from this game except that this team looks strong and fit.

Can France still play this nice game with a looot of pressure on its shoulder. We'll see against AB

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jay November 23, 2009 10:54 am

Consistency is what France has been needing for the past 20 years. SO yeah, France is above Samoa and yet it's those kind of games where we usually show overconfidence... in this case, they did the job so it looks promising for the future... as we haven't "choked" so far.
As for the ref, it seems that he was really relative to the score and it shouldn't be that way.... it's a yellow on Clerc and no matter how far you are behind, you deserve to get sinbinned.

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 11:41 am

We french have a very homogenous group now, after two years of troubles we're now getting a lot better in every part of the game : scrum(we cruched the boks), touch defense and now Attack with our two new centers : mermoz and David who are able to become the best centers in the whole world. If Trinh duc becomes the flyhalf he has to be then we will be able to win the world cup. In Europe only Ireland and Wales can beat us now, England will pay for the humiliation of february and Scotland has just won a match against Australia with luck. And Italia is getting better but it's no it yet...You should all fear the French team from now on. We will win the next 6 nations.

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rodofle November 23, 2009 1:25 pm

Anon above, you really sound like a douche. You're an embarassment to your country. I'm french too, and very proud of my team, but i wouldn't be that confident and arrogant. Please don't post comments anymore, you're embarassing your fellow countrymen.

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clem November 23, 2009 2:01 pm

Agree with you rodolphe.
Ok we beat the boks, it's a good perf. But it definitely doesnt make us the best team.it's nonsense and arrogant to say that. Two years enough before the rwc, things can change for all teams.
btw france progress and they have to become consistent now. to beat the ABs will be the first step... I hope.

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jay November 23, 2009 2:37 pm

Well said... et vi cette arrogance de m... sous pretexte d'avoir gagner des tests matchs, ca serait bien de s'en passer, encore plus quand on voit l'hegemonie de certaines nations tendre a disparaitre.

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 5:06 pm

Je crois que ce que j'ai t trs mal compris, mon commentaire tait une rponse ceux qui ont essay d'attnuer voire de banaliser notre victoire contre l'Afrique du sud, qui tait annonce casi-imbattable. Il faut arrter avec cet espce de dfaitisme ambiant et peut tre se rjouir de telles victoires. Ok on est pas champions du monde, ok on a gagn que 2 tests match dont un contre une nation "mineure", mais a l'heure actuelle on pourrait tourner a deux dfaites. Au vu des rsultats du XV de France ces deux dernires annes on pourrait se rjouir et voire l'avenir sous un meilleur angle au lieu de ragir ainsi. Je n'ai pas dit qu'on serait champions du monde mais qu'on avait le potentiel pour.Dsol de m'tre mal exprim. Au passage va quand mme te faire enculer vieux rodolphe, a fait 20 ans que je joue au rugby et c'est pas une pdale qui peut se permettre de tels commentaires je peux t'assurer que tu mriterais un bon coup de tronche.

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luxi November 23, 2009 5:40 pm

shame samoa didnt really turn up on the day

nice attacking display from france

i really hate the guy that first chose marine blue for france instead of the usual royal blue>>because that means for france v new zealand, the all blacks will play in white because the french shirt is so dark !!! thats rubbish, considering australia always play in gold, nz should always stay all black

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 6:31 pm

to Anon above, i understand what you meant but the end of your post is worthy of an incredibly narrow-minded football fan and a disgrace to us, French rugby players.

by Brno

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 6:37 pm

About the match, the ref was not very good and he was lucky the atmosphere was rather cool. He could (should?) have sinbinned 2 high tackles (1 Samoan who wanted to steal Clerc's head and 1 by Bonnaire), he gave us a try by the forwards (no way he could see the ball in this mess), he gave a try to the Samoans (it's definitely a knock-on, come on he pushes the ball on the ground!) and refused a try by Trinh Duc for an imaginary pass forward.
My vision, of course.

by Maximus

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 6:38 pm

About the match, the ref was not very good and he was lucky the atmosphere was rather cool. He could (should?) have sinbinned 2 high tackles (1 Samoan who wanted to steal Clerc's head and 1 by Bonnaire), he gave us a try by the forwards (no way he could see the ball in this mess), he gave a try to the Samoans (it's definitely a knock-on, come on he pushes the ball on the ground!) and refused a try by Trinh Duc for an imaginary pass forward.
My vision, of course.

by Maximus

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clem November 23, 2009 7:20 pm

Cher anonyme, quand on reprend ton premier post, mme si ce n'est pas ce que tu as voulu dire, tu affirmes sans rserve que nous allons gagner le prochain 6 nations et que seuls l'irlande et galles peuvent nous battre. Cela n'a aucun fondement et c'est cela qui est arrogant, surtout quand on sait que nous n'avons plus battu les anglais depuis les matchs de prparation la coupe du monde 2007, soit 2 ans et demi.

De plus, tout peut arriver dans le rugby : qui aurait pari un centime sur une victoire cossaise contre l'australie? pas grand monde.
Donc il est vrai que l'quipe de France monte en puissance, en cohsion et en qualit de jeu en gnral, et qu'elle commence avoir un statut de favorite. Mais je ne pense pas que cela suffise pour tre si condescendant vis a vis des autres quipes.

Quand aux insultes homophobes, elles n'ont pas leur place ici mon avis, mme aprs 20 ans de rugby.

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rodofle November 23, 2009 7:37 pm

J'adore ton ct viril anonyme, tu es extrmement impressionant.

Non franchement tu es trs drle je ne sais pas trop quoi te dire d'autre, bientt peut tre anonyme.

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Joh November 23, 2009 7:46 pm

"c'est pas une pdale qui peut se permettre de tels commentaires je peux t'assurer que tu mriterais un bon coup de tronche"

En 20 ans tu en as peut-tre pris un ou deux de trop toi

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 10:06 pm

In all sports, Frenchmen are inconsistent. It's almost a religion really. Look at soccer, tennis or anything else.

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 10:57 pm

"in all sports, Frenchmen are inconsistent. It's almost a religion really. Look at soccer, tennis or anything else."

anything else like judo, handball, fencing?

it depends which sport you are talking about.

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 11:03 pm

And i dont think our tennis players are inconsistent.
Monfils, Simon and Tsonga have regular good perf.

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Anonymous November 23, 2009 11:55 pm

So, it would be interesting to actually pull the stats out and compare by nationality across all sports.

What I mean by inconsistent is that they sometimes pull off crazy stuff and then do nothing. Even handball they have serious downs sometimes. Or fencing, there was some disappointment there too. (sure if you take sports with 200 different categories, you'll consistently find a Frenchie in there). Maybe it's only how the French press deals with it. Anyway, in rugby it's legendary, don't you agree?

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Anonymous November 24, 2009 9:37 am

Do you think it would be possible to have chabal's tackles against Samoa, they were pretty amazing...

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rodofle November 24, 2009 12:11 pm

I totally agree, in rugby we've always been incredibly inconsistent, capable of the best one day and the worst one week later. It's a bit frustrating but i feel this team is different, we'll see that against the ABs. If we succeed in beating SA and the ABs in a row, it will mean that things are changing for the XV de France.

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jay November 24, 2009 12:55 pm

It's true... Apart from known inviduals...(Perec, Loeb, Reiner, Zidane) inconsistency is our greatest problem in popular sports (football and rugby).
Now take a look at handball, fencing or even Xgames) we are a lot more consistent...
Asmentioned above if we do win vs. the AB... we'll start having a grin on our faces thinking that we're slowly getting there. Now dont' get ahead of ourselves.

Pour les commentaires d'ordre sexuel... passons a autre chose ^^ meme si je constate que la personne a qd meme pris le temps de rpondre avec plus de nuances...chose rare sur ce genre de forum.

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Anonymous November 24, 2009 5:45 pm

imo, if we lose against the ABs after a good tight game, i will still consider these november tests successful and the French team rather consistent this end of year. Especially if there is a Gran Slam in February.
The Boks lost against Leicester, the Sarries and France. It's hard to say they lacked consistency this year though.
of course i agree the team is known for not being regular but what i mean is losing the last test wouldn't be a catastrophe. Losing a match doesn't mean the team is suddenly crap.
i also agree about the spirit and potential of this new young team: they can be very strong in the future. GO FRANCE!

by Maximus

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Anonymous November 24, 2009 5:52 pm

what i mean Rodofle is i feel that things have already changed for the XV de France. As if they were allowed and encouraged to play, at last...
"pas de fautes! pas de fautes! pas de fautes!" d'accord, mais pas que...

by Maximus

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XBHSFlanker January 02, 2010 1:23 am

What happened to Chabal? didnt see him in the highlights, do they show big hits in the match recaps?

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