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Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

Well, they lost to Italy. Who then was defeated by Tonga...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

Agreed.
They lost to the Aussies but should have won (Noves finally said so himself and he's not a "howling with the wolves" kind of guy i think) and they get the best results VS the ABs (not considering chicago). A result that could have been even better with just a bit of luck.
Had they played VS the Boks, Wales, or the Pumas, they could be way higher in rankings now.
But maybe it's good that they lost. Their opponents of the six nations can still fool themselves into thinking they should'nt be affraid. I see them fifth in my personnal world rankings now. And not far away from the aussies or ireland. Let's hope they go on like that.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

By the way, I m still wondering... Spedding got out (bleeding). Lopez got in. Why not Dulin?
Any clue?

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

Yup! Loosing ten points to the boot, that is so frustrating!

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

I don't know if the try should be awarded or not. Obviously there's ground for discussion. Still it's weird that nobody seemed to have knowledge of that law. Ref, TMO, TV commentators... Looked fine for everyone.
And as stated, it's a remarkable effort anyway.
Indeed a thrilling game. At some point I thought the french would collapse and take 50 points. But it the end they desserve to win! Who would have tought, a couple of years ago, that their back line would shine VS Australia?!

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

I m biased all the same, don't worry.
I think I was too focused on the french attack to really notice the samoan "toughness" :-)
Nothing really "soccer-like" from the french, but I was afraid that it would happen.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

The samoan are capable of worst :-)
Not sure the your second link = yellow. What would be the "legal" ground for a yellow?

And I hate to say that there was a bit of theatre by the french on some occasion. Not real faking as you can see in soccer, but, let s say, not trying to resist and falling a bit quickly. Which can be seen as clever VS Samoa but still, i dont like it.
If I remember correctly, it was vakatawa who kicked and chase once, the samoan defender goes shoulder to shoulder and vakatawa clearly didnt try to resist, but jumped like he was pushed with full force. Maybe it's not that obvious. But I 'd rather have him try to resist and outrun the defender. Surely he was capable to stay on his feet had he wanted to.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

Can't say if its due to the lack of rest but its bad news for sure. Wasnt it the first time they had more rest, for once?

Regarding the "vote" its hard to choose. The full running speed of the first australian try really impressed me a lot. Love the romanian kick. The flying japanese. And of course, the last one, from the ABs, is just perfect.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Best Tries from week two of the End of Year Tests

So good to see the french playing like that! They seem to be finally able to play together. At first when I watched the other games' highlights I thought "yeah well, samoa was really poor, the french victory isn't that impressive". Then I had another look at the FR-SAM highlights and... maybe Samoa wasnt playing at its best, but there is nothing to say about those french attack moves. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Let's see how things will go VS Australia. Looking forward!

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

France bounce back with convincing victory over Argentina in second Test

Agreed on that back row. Well, that's unless someone could clone Picamoles...

5 Months, 1 Week ago