the attacking force of the blues, the Japanese who exploded

Sheep still decisive, Japanese in trouble after the break. AFP

After the great success of the XV of France on the Japanese, find out what caught the attention of the editorial staff (42-23).


Penaud, the goal fox

A few springs are enough to make it stand out. Damian Penaud struck again with the shirt of the XV of France, scoring two goals against the Japanese. His 17th and 18th international essays. The Clermont winger, formidable in one-on-one, has a top speed that allows him to create danger to every ball he touches. This Saturday was again the case against the Japanese, however known for their lively and athletic play. He first scored a pure end try at the end of the line, from the start of the match. Before doubling the bet by supporting Vakatawa. A job well done.

A series of record victories

This Saturday, the XV of France has entered the modern history of French rugby becoming the first team to sign nine consecutive victories. The Blues ’last defeat dates back to July 17, 2021 during the third and final Test match against the Australians (30-33). Since then, the Tricolors have not lost, highlighting the signing of a prestigious success against the All Blacks and the achievement of the Grand Slam in the Tournament. Charles Ollivon and his teammates are better than their glorious greats who had achieved a series of eight consecutive victories in 1998, 2001-2002 and 2004.

Moefana, she’s moving

His association with Virimi Vakatawa was very promising. And, this Saturday, Yoram Moefana showed off all his talent and percussion strength against the Japanese. Solid match where he multiplied the percussions in the opposing defense, doing great harm and regularly gaining precious meters. Decisive in Damian Penaud’s second rehearsal where he blew up the Japanese defense like popcorn, then gave a short recital to record his own rehearsal. During this first test, the versatile three-quarters of the Union Bordeaux-Bègles scored points. Like each of his outings with the blue shirt.


An indiscipline to erase

Fabien Galthié and his demanding staff are sure to focus on the first period of this first test against Japan. A first act during which the Blues suffered enemy attacks, barely managing to contain the Japanese waves. Above all, the Habs will have to erase the indiscipline it showed, especially in the first period. Eight penalties awarded during the first 40 minutes are too much at this level … And it could be expensive against a rival of another caliber.

Japanese who ended up exploding

The question, before this match, was to know in what state the Japanese would be. Since the last World Cup in 2019, they had only played eight matches, due to the health crisis. During the first minute, we found Japan dynamic, lively and alert, which had allowed them to reach the quarterfinals of the last World Cup. But when he returned from the locker room, Michael Leitch and his companions came down, less sharp, less inspired. The Blues decided to insist more on the axis in the second period, a payment tactic that ended up letting go of their rivals. Jamie Joseph will have to remobilize his troops and find solutions to prevent further disillusionment next week.

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