A kapa or pango accented by Aaron Smith, with a tribal club in hand, emphasizing the haka dance with a simulated allusion to massacrehe immediately announced war at the end of a stuffy and very hot 34-degree Parisian day, and even more so in the bowl of the stadium at 9 pm.
The debut of the tenth Rugby World Cup between France and New Zealand, with 78,690 spectators and President Macron’s reception, was characterized by ferocity, intensity and desire.”act like a blacksmith” has been seen several times in the past for a group debut, perhaps already decisive for the hypothetical final ranking of Group A (Italy), but the quarter-finals will be played on October 14, a month from now.
It ends with a score of 27-13 for France (reiterating that the 35-7 result just 10 days ago on the same ground was no fluke) but this time the balance was upset almost an hour later when the All Blacks scored two of Telei’s tries to one and after also passing the ball. 10 minutes almost without loss thanks to a yellow generously awarded by Jaco Paper against Will Jordan (dangerous aerial tackle). So much so that the striker’s second foul was later pardoned almost as compensation.
And in the last minutes we went from 19-13 to 27-13 due to an error in the reception. Mo’Unga which Jamine attacks. The second and final French goal that brought down the Stade de France.
In the last quarter the match was decided more decisively point by point.
In the end, if you look closely, it was 17 points from shots Ramos (5 seats and transformation) to change the situation. The All Blacks’ performance was down from last year, with Telei’s sprinting goal in the 2nd minute brought on by a very long and tight cross from Beauden Barrett, but at least three tries throw away to the last meter. The same All Blacks just two years ago would have flown through the gates like arrows.
Additionally, unable to break through or complete the sudden situations that arose from mishandling the many loose balls (the heat created handling problems on the oval), Foster’s team found that there was no Plan B. Barrett’s second goal was a futile direction, the defender gave the assist to Telea and a chip for himself, he always shot and returned the ball to the opponents without bothering them.
Where did France establish itself? In the static phases: scrums (the All Blacks are punished for the collapse of the front line, in particular De Groot) and touchouts. The edge usually offered by Dupont (twice hunted by Aaron Smith) or Ntamack (out of the World Cup after a recent injury) or Penaud was missing. Looks like the right wing of Les Bleus Invisible for at least 54 minutes (he was incorrectly positioned on the cross that sent Telea home first time), then three flashes: a cut between the opposition line; a sprint on Jalibert’s cross, in which he was almost mowed down at the flag (in the stands it looked like a goal, but in the replay on the screen you can clearly see how the ball eluded him); finally, in the next situation, an identical cross after taking a free kick with a winning sprint and jump attempt.
His classic open laugh is the switch that awakens Galtier and the entire French staff, relieved from a match that was never completely dominated.
Five free throws (even with Paper’s mistakes) are still a sign of pressure on the opponent to commit a foul.
The heat, the hero of the evening: players in cramps and necessary changes for the exhausted starters on both fronts.
Alldritt, France number eight, was voted man of the match and he deserved it because he brought home a great battle with Ollivon and his comrades that will cost dearly to recreate. The only downside from the crowd was the barrage of boos for Mo’Unga during set pieces and the dead silence for Ramos: poor impression, poor sportsmanship.
France is 4th and New Zealand is 0th in the standings, which also results in the disappearance of the defense bonus point.
And if today, Saturday, September 9 (13:00 in Saint-Etienne live on Raisport and Ski), Italy will do his duty to win Namibia With a tough score, the Azzurri were able to find themselves in first place with 5 points. Just a statistical fact, but not yet published in the first round.