RUGBY. 6 nations. Forget the crunch, the real final for the French team is against Wales

RUGBY. 6 nations. What the Blues need to improve on to beat WalesThree games, three wins, the French team leads the 6-nation tournament and still dreams of the Grand Slam. Two major opponents still stand in the way of Antoine Dupont and his team-mates: Wales and England. Prior to the start of the competition, the crunch was a final for the Blues due to its position on the calendar and the nature of the opponent. So yes, this game will no doubt be a big celebration and shock for this 2022. Even more so if Galthié’s men win in Cardiff. Because that means they’ll be 80 minutes away from a rare performance. But we also believe that if they defeat the Red Dragons a week early, they will be in the best mental and physical (albeit a bit chewed) condition to defeat His Majesty’s subjects. So the most important game, the final, is next in Wales. An opinion shared by former tricolor player Yoann Huget and blue forwards coach Yannick Bru about the Midi Olympique: “I agree with Yoann. Although the Welsh have lost some of their luster lately, we must be prepared for a bitter struggle.”

Blues in enemy lands

France has a favorable schedule this year with two trips. The one in Cardiff is the most dangerous for the Blues. If worn by their followers at Murrayfield, they could (should?) be fewer in number. And even if they are present in large numbers, we can count on the locals to raise their voices to report any rediscovery of the Marseillaise in the bays of the stadium. We know the importance of the 16th in rugby. There is no doubt that he can lead the Habs to victory against the English. But on March 19, Galthié’s men cannot count on such strong support. They will really be in enemy lands. It will be a real psychological test. After a week’s break, the French have to come into play quickly or concede points against the Scots.

A terrible opponent

6 nations.  Biggar, Cuthbert... Those players whose France team needs to be on their guard against Wales6 nations. Biggar, Cuthbert… Those players whose France team needs to be on their guard against WalesWales have excellent players in their ranks, as seen in a previous article. Above all, he is an opponent against whom the French have not been successful for 10 years. In fact, the Blues have won just four out of 12 games. If we only consider the games in the tournament, we fall down to only three successes in ten matches. A number divided by three if we only look at wins in Wales. The last was in February 2020, by a score of 27-23. Before Saturday, Scotland were an opponent who had not had success since Galthié’s arrival for the Blues. And what about the Welsh? Some may answer that it wasn’t the same generation of players and that the current one has never lost against this opponent since losing in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Vengeful locals

It is true that these blues are self-confident under the tricolor jersey due to their shared experience in the club as well as among young people. Placed in excellent conditions by the staff, nothing seems to be able to stop them. Conversely, their Welsh counterparts are in poor shape before receiving the Blues. They have won just one game this edition, beating Scotland by just three points. So far they have not been convincing. However, you have the opportunity to finish with two receptions at a high level. And it’s not a victory over Italy that will save their tournament. It’s a final for them too. And she has a whiff of revenge after the 2020 Tricolor success in Cardiff. So there’s a lot of pressure around this meeting. Knowing how to handle it undoubtedly has one of the keys to victory. Then it happens on the floor.RUGBY.  RUGBY. “The Blues are snipers,” Bru impressed the French team

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