XV of France. Notes from France

He assured this week to show less naivety. It happened. In front of his public, the Toulousain has long remained serious, favoring the game on foot to push back the Japanese block. But he also had the good taste to be incisive when necessary. Evidenced by a sharp raise (55e) and his ability to lift his head when opportunities presented themselves. A precise scorer, he is probably the big winner of this tour.

He assured this week to show less naivety. It happened. In front of his public, the Toulousain has long remained serious, favoring the game on foot to push back the Japanese block. But he also had the good taste to be incisive when necessary. Evidenced by a sharp raise (55e) and his ability to lift his head when opportunities presented themselves. A precise scorer, he is probably the big winner of this tour.

Damian Penaud (7/10)

Author of his 20e and 21e trials with the XV of France, the winger entered the top 10 of the best scorers in the history of the Blues. Sufficient to trigger in the stands of “Penaud in Toulouse” while his future agitates the transfer section. Not all his initiatives were successful. But he also almost gave Danty a try (66e).

Gaël Fickou (not rated)

The captain of the defense seemed in leg. An offensive tackle (5th), an overflow (6th). But he was cut short by a sore ankle. Replaced (17e) by Macalou (5/10). Positioned once again on the wing, the Parisian returned almost at the same time as against the Boks when he replaced Danty. Less in sight. But still as authoritarian in defense in the one against one.

Jonathan Danty (7/10)

Some were worried about him… Well yes, only a week ago, a tough South African clearing in the head had forced him to go out after only 13 minutes. But the harshness of the Rochelais in the impacts quickly had to reassure them. Bleeding in his charges. Strong in the one against one, he was a solid point of support both offensively and defensively.

Yoram Moefana (6/10)

A dragster. He stings on impact, he raps on defense. Quickly repositioned in the center following the exit of Fickou, the UBB center was once again convincing by nibbling 45 meters ball in hand. The Futunian does not disappoint.

Romain Ntamack (3/10)

Scratched after two neutral performances against the Wallabies and the Boks, the Toulousain obviously wanted to respond to his detractors. Perhaps a little too much… Incisive at the start of the match, inspired by his little kick to follow at the origin of Penaud’s try (7th), he fell apart after 20 minutes of play. useless raise on his 22 first caused the Japanese opener and, in the process, his throw-in rolled into a dead ball. We saw him get annoyed. Escaping balls at the reception of candles (31st)… He regained his composure at the start of the second period. But without that being enough to rebalance the balance. Replaced by Jalibert (57e). Decisive for Penaud’s second try (60e) and on that of Jelonch (73rd), the Bordelais were successful. Enough to revive the debate in 10?

Maxime Lucu (5/10)

The Basque is used to saying that his main mission is to reproduce very well what he already knows how to do. Overall clean, however, it experienced a slight (and unusual) loss: a blocked camp exit (4th), another ill-adjusted one (24e47e)… And it is finally in a “duponesque” register that he distinguished himself. By sneaking into the edges of a ruck and serving inside Charles Ollivon (35e) for a “100% Saint-Pée” trial. Replaced by Couilloud (70e).

Gregory Alldritt (6/10)

Tired Gregory? Come on… But he had deployed so much energy against the Wallabies and the Springboks that some feared him. The balance sheet? 128 meters traveled ball in hand, eight tackles for a single miss… One wonders where he will get these resources. Everything was not perfect, the Rochelais showed greed by “forgetting” Ollivon (18e) after a breakthrough. But his influence remains enormous.

Charles Ollivon (7/10)

The first two parts of this fall tour had forced him to display defensive strength and character. This time he was able to deploy his large compasses… In vain the first time, for having been forgotten by Grégory Alldritt (18e). But for a winning move the second time, since by going inside Maxime Lucu (35th), the Basque scored his tenth try for the France team, the ninth since the start of Galthié’s mandate. Influential, he did not miss his exit.

Anthony Jelonch (5/10)

His test at the end of the line allowed him to end this meeting on a positive touch (73rd). But everything was not easy for the Toulousain. Oh sure, he had nine tackles, the best record among the Blues. Some of which have left a lasting mark on the coasts of the Brave Blossoms… But he was also caught at the edge of the regroupings twice (1D and 42nd).

Romain Taofifenua (6/10)

Subscribed to the status of finishers under the mandate of Galthié, he proved that he could start matches. His power has been useful. In attack, but also in defense with nine rough tackles, the best tricolor total. An avoidable penalty for a rough clearing just before its release. Replaced by Chalureau (59th)

Cameron Woki (6/10)

It will be ramped up throughout this tour. Convincing against the Boks, the Racingman was sharp against the Japanese. Eight tackles, 26 meters gained in hand… Not bad for a second line. Replaced by Verhaeghe (74th).

Uini Atonio (5/10)

Obviously, Uini is always strong with the ball in hand when it comes to challenging the opposing curtain. And he’s solid in melee. One of his passes even made it possible to assert his dexterity… But an overall neutral influence in this meeting. Replaced by Falatea (45e).

Julien Marchand (8/10)

Everywhere. Apart from a penalty conceded for an offside at the start of the match (2e), the hooker has constantly put his team in the lead. Hard-hitting, rough, he multiplied the rough charges. And on the ground, he recovered important balls (9e40e). The try he was denied for a forward from Woki (40e) would have topped off a great game. Replaced by Mauvaka (59e).

Reda Wardi (6/10)

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