” Siege ”, rucks, ” Bridger ”: in Professor mode, Galthié deciphers the match against Japan

It is, according to the echoes of the event, a real master class that journalists lucky enough to be present at the event at this time, in Japan, were able to attend. As one of our Midi Olympique teammates reported, it was in a hotel in Nagoya – northwest of the same province of Aichi where the Blues played on Saturday – that Fabien Galthié and a few members of his staff went report the first victory test against the Japanese. From this several main elements can be extracted: first, the strategy a little different from the usual one. If the game plan and gears were substantially the same, of course you had to adapt to the Toyota oven and its 80% humidity. And it is in this sense that the idea, even more than usual, was to banish the famous “siege states” during the phases of possession. They understand these sequences that are too long and require too much energy to finally alter a defense.

It can be seen that lightning attack is more effective than siege and that beyond 22 seconds of possession, we are no longer in the flash “, Galthié explained. Clearly, too long a ruck, poor transmission, or inefficient choice can quickly push the sequence to the other side of the barrier. That, with a team lacking collective benchmarks and below 35 Aichi degrees, it happened a few times on Saturday, especially during the first 40 minutes.

In the same record of things not working perfectly, the tricolor coach also pointed out the number of fouls in the so-called “forbidden” areas. That is, between its 22 meters and the 22 opposites. Because ? Galthié explains himself brilliantly and with figures, again : “There are eight fouls in this area and, again, there are too many. Because penalties at this point on the pitch necessarily become penalties and internationally, 70% of these become trials.” CQFD.

Another point: the defense. It was once again in the first period in particular that he felt the lack of common experience of this team and the absence in front of Shaun Edwards, affected by Covid.

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Cake always: “In this first test we attacked 30 of 76 rucks and that’s too much. The team that usually plays (remember that Alldritt, Fickou, Dupont, Marchand and others are absent) he knows how to aim at the rucks he should attack or not. There, due to lack of experience, we fought too often on the ground to recover only five balls, which then harmed our attacking game and our line defense. It’s no coincidence that the Brave Blossoms find most of the faults around the rucks …

VIDEO.  France.  Jalibert takes the interval and serves Lebel for the test after a solid ballVIDEO. France. Jalibert takes the interval and serves Lebel for the test after a solid ball

However, beyond the 42 points scored and the 5 tries scored, other squares on the board were scored. First of all the speed, where despite the conditions, some awkward and 6 breaks, this game was the fastest of the term, as the blues covered an average of 123 meters per minute. But also that of the “cells” composed of three players and complemented by a “bridge player” located at the back, sine qua non vector of the organization of the game at the current professional level. The idea? To be able to reconstitute these 3 + 1 groups everywhere and in any situation in order to offer various solutions to the first receiver, but also to destabilize the defense more easily.

“Toyota, analyzed Galthié, we had a “bridge” in 71% of possession cases. If there is room for improvement in this, this figure is nevertheless satisfactory. “. And how! Imagine that in 7 out of 10 cases your possessions are organized so that you can start the game as a placed attack … it changes your life. And once again there is nothing insignificant in the fact that 2 trials of the blues (in addition to 2 clear occasions) result from these famous axial supports, always hidden in the back …

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