XV of France: in difficulty throughout the match, the Blues narrowly win against Japan (20-15)

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The XV of France won this Saturday its second test match against Japan. The Blues suffered, but offered their tenth consecutive victory.

The movie of the match: we say thank you to the bench!

It was tricky for the Blues this Saturday morning. Faced with a Japanese team that had found some managers of their team, the XV of France had to wait the last twenty minutes of the match to break their rival. Behind in the half (15-7) after a Yamanaka double, Fabien Galthié’s players suffered numerous Japanese counterattacks.

In the second half, the tricolors played much better thanks to the contribution of the bench. Lucu and Jalibert’s penalties allowed the Blues to score again. In front of Macalou, entered as a side fault a few inches from the line. Finally it was Baptiste Couilloud, who this Saturday had replaced a Maxime Lucu inside, who scored the winning try. The top scoring scorer of the year in the Top 14 took advantage of an excellent blue scrum to pass under the posts (20-15).

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Still under pressure, Charles Ollivon’s teammates thought he had tried Tatafu, but he let the ball slip when he was in goal after an unexpected return from Moefana. The Blues won but it was tricky.

The fact of the match: the blues behind the break

Last week, the XV of France had started its match perfectly with a rehearsal by Damian Penaud of 2e minute. But then he had been caught by the Brave Blossoms. And it was kind of a repeat encore this Saturday. In front of the scoreboard thanks to the test of Matthis Lebel, the blues then saw the Japanese return to the scoreboard, before going ahead.

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And that takes off just before the break (15-7). This is quite remarkable, as it is only the second time in the Galthier era that the Blues have fallen behind in the half, the first time in Scotland.

Game Player: Lebel was in good shape

He was the only one who evolved to his true level in Tokyo this Saturday. Despite the small ball to put in their mouths, Matthis Lebel managed to make them grow. From the 10th minute and his first attacking ball, he took advantage of Vakatawa’s good ball to clear his face in the 5-meter lane and entered the goal.

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His second attempt in two games in Japan. Very good under air balls, the Stade Toulousain winger also stood out in the second half with a recovered ball and a kicking match that proved to be right. Two phases of play later, the Blues scored 3 more points. The Samatan native also made a magnificent pass from a step before Macalou failed a few inches from the line. In his defense, a less incisive defense.

The lesson of the match: the record of victories matched

And one more than ten years ago. With this second victory in two games on Japanese soil, the Blues achieve a tenth consecutive success. Series that began this series on November 6 by beating Argentina. Meanwhile, Fabien Galthié’s players have won the Six Nations Tournament, Grand Slam in their pocket.

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It’s simple that France’s XV hasn’t bowed out since the third game of last summer’s tour in Australia. With this tenth victory they equal a very old pre-war record. Peato Mauvaka’s teammates will have the opportunity to break this record against … Australia during the autumn tour.

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