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I hear the French played very well...but i tend to disagree. They did play a better game but only for the 1st half and there was only 9-9 at half time. Their kicking game was bad, they committed way too may mistakes and at times some of the players were very average. Red card for Lamerat who didn't serve Nakaitaci before the whistle for a possible try, Doussain cause he's not good enough, Maestri for being that slooooow.
I'd like to see Huget back in the starting team. And yes we need a better replacement at 10.
England kept its cool and went back to basics. Once they played with pace the French struggled quickly. The French get a bonus point and that's not too bad.
3 Weeks, 1 Day ago
Saw a nice one during Toulon vs Scarlets the other day: big Taofifenua crushed his opposite No 8 who tried to tackle him.
2 Months, 2 Weeks ago
As a Frenchman I totally agree in letting the opponent stand and react to the haka and think it's a great thing to do actually.
Did you know that there's actually a fine when it's done?
Funny to see that the AB adopted the V formation for their haka after the French used it against them...
3 Months, 2 Weeks ago
Brian Moore lost it...that guy is a bore: long silence then some French dull bashing then silence again...I love sports on the BBC and he's not up for the job. He makes me sad.
He shrank a lot as well, no?
11 Months, 4 Weeks ago
you're on denial mate. France put a lot of pressure on England and England watched them play for 70 minutes. England finished on a high and show a clean rugby but don't underestimate the French performance as you might be in for a big disappointment...
France has beaten England fair and square; full stop.
1 Year, 6 Months ago
@DrG : The missing players were injured before the tournament (Picamoles, Trinh Duc) or are now injured after having played (Para, Fofana). There are 2 very promising centers we haven't seen due to injury (Dumoulin and Lamerat) and they might have missed their last chance to be in the team for the WC. A shame.
As for Trinh Duc yes he was not really in PSA papers but had been selected for the 6Nations just before his injury. He hopefully will be in the WC. I think he's a much better player than the other 2: solid defense, good kicking, play close to the defense in attack...
1 Year, 11 Months ago
From a diffrent angle: Plisson has been poor all game and was too slow passing the ball!
This allows your opponent to come in hard. Hard lesson for him.
I do think tho that Lawes knew what he was doing. He was late in the tackle . You can commit initially but also should be able to realise you're late and stop or slow down. He meant to hurt.
This kind of behavior will at the end cost him and his team.
1 Year, 11 Months ago
The craziest game i've ever watched! Each team played on his opponent mistakes it seems.
England deserved the win but the English are quick blowing their trumpets, as usual.
The scoreboard is flattering. That Vunipola try is a joke; if checked it would have been disallowed. Full stop.
The French missed easy kicks as well and on that day the French defense was awful! What happened?
That game gives us a much better idea of the team for the world cup...finally. And I believe they will improve still, get better Some key players were missing and should come back: Fofana, Para, Picamoles, Trinh Duc...
That French team has more potential than what you might think.
1 Year, 11 Months ago
Ireland have a great coach! France have an average coach (to say the least): St Andre didn't make the good choices in his starting 15 and I'm not sure what coaching he's doing.
Hopefully what we've seen in the 2nd half will be seen earlier on for the next game. They pushed Ireland to their limits and should have closed the match even more. All the stats are good at the end of the game.
The French players are good but not ready, they're far behind Ireland in terms of quality of play. They need to work harder.
Parra and Dulin (full back) need to start. Kicking game needs to improve, substitutions need to happen quicker.
Big question mark on Fofana and Dussautoir for me: I love Fofana but he's been poor. Dussautpir is not the guy is used to be. I'd love to see Nakaitaci, Picamoles, Lamerat on the pitch.
Pape will not be back in the French team and we won't miss him.
Ireland have been tested. I can't wait to see them play against England!
2 Years, 1 Week ago
I dare saying that the score is flattering for the Scotts. They seemed to be a lot quicker and organised in attack, breaking the French defense easily a few times but the French let them in the game by a lack of patience and too
Many dropped balls in the last passes.
The French camped in the opposite 5 meters line, Huget was closed from scoring...
It was not all bad.
Would they have been more composed and the score could have been a lot higher for the French.
Thought Parra was a better 9. Our fly half was way to deep in attack.
Great Scottish defense. A good team!
2 Years, 3 Weeks ago