World ended for the XV of France. The Blues lost Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup, against Wales. The XV of France, reduced to 14 following the exclusion of the second line Sebastien Vahaamahina early in the second period, led 19-10 at half-time, before cracking at the end of the game, on a test of the third Welsh line Moriarty in the 74th minute. The referee had to resort to video assistance, before finally validating the test. For our consultant Éric Blanc, this match ends an "average" competition for the team of France, who still showed a promising face.
"There is this turn of the game, in the 48th minute: the nudge of Vahaamahina (at the origin of the expulsion) .It is allowed at the bar, but unfortunately not on a rugby field. He was very good the rest of the match, marking the first attempt of his life, but it was also his first expulsion, and the first French expulsion. a world cup.
The French team had a fantastic first half. She played in convertible, hair in the wind, shirt with flowers ... Three tests, a beautiful French youth. But unfortunately, in the second half, at 14 against 15, we are in professional rugby, the Welsh come to crucify us. "
And then there was this test in the 74th minute, validated by the referee after hesitation ...
"The patriots will say that he peppered us, he could have refused, but unfortunately, he gave it, we went to 20-19 and then we did not put any more hands on the ball, the Welsh qualified. reminiscent in 2011 that their captain had been expelled, they had lost a point.This time, it is we who go out the door.
This is the third time we have come out in the quarter-finals, after 1991 and 2015. We are repeating ourselves. It was still an average world cup. Even if on this last match, the team of France showed a lot of talent, a lot of abnegation and cohesion ".