Le Havre (AFP) – Stuck in a series of setbacks, the XV of France was the perfect opportunity to show his progress, quench his thirst for victory and take revenge Saturday (18h00) Le Havre against Tonga.
The French are under pressure while a veil darker covers the current fiscal year.
“The bitter taste of defeat in their mouths, that’s a lot in 2013,” and should the manager Philippe Saint-Andre.
Chanted as a spell, the balance being – a success, zero, seven losses – but can still clear. Provided a convincing win against Tonga, then a win against South Africa on Saturday, November 23 closing autumn test matches.
Place in Act I of rescue, Oceane Stade du Havre, which will go to the developer instructional strategy framework. It has been discussed up to learn in failure against the best, that the world champions All Blacks, who won four times in a row XV of France.
Partners Thierry Dusautoir showed great promise bowing a hair last Saturday at the Stade de France (26-19), despite a terrible 14-0 cashed in twenty minutes in the middle of the second period. This is the reaction at the end of the match, awarded a test Brice Dulin, they want to capitalize.
Find The Killer Instinct
“At one point, we felt we were in the right, provides the second line Pascal Pape. I have a picture in the last five minutes of Richie McCaw (All Blacks captain ed) who kept watch times. He felt that it was going to be long.”
“I feel that this team can do great things, agrees captain Thierry Dusautoir. Now we need to win games.”
Win, this means finding the killer instinct which is so lacking in the XV de France. Even rulers, the Blues have never managed to score more than two runs in a game, for a total of eight goals in nine games. Skinny.
“We want to move from our past events, ie less panic near the lines, mark and be as aggressive in the contact areas,” explains Saint-Andre.
Of course, aggressiveness will be key against the Tongans known for their exceptional physical density. But Saint-André and his assistants Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet also focused on mobility for not giving everything to a head-on collision that could prove dangerous.
The Spectrum Of Wellington
“We do not want to suffer. To us to set the pace of the game” and urged Saint-Andre calling breathe “intensity” and “speed.” The frame has made five alterations in his starting XV, including calling the second line Sebastien Vahaamahina, flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, the Gael Fickou center and winger Sofiane Guitoune.
One way to both bring in new blood, test interesting associations (Maestri-Vahaamahina; Fickou, Fofana) and preserve some elements (Fritz, Huget, Lauret, Pape.) for the next shock front the Springboks.
And if it had other sources of motivation, Thierry Dusautoir could always invoke revenge. The Eagles of the Seas, sublimated, had indeed inflicted one of the worst humiliations of history XV of France by winning the group match of the World-2011 in Wellington (19-14), which had almost deprived finals of the men of Marc Lievremont.
Lesson learned, do you swear blue side, where they will be wary of these players in the Pacific, many of which operate in the Top 14 and Pro D2 and are able to lose last Saturday in Romania (19-18) and to transcend against France.
We also retain it’s on the ruins of this rout the XV of France was rebuilt to reach the World Cup final. The Blues are now given the chance to build on a victory.