France breaks out in Paris to condemn the All Blacks to successive defeats
AAlthough the French had a 24-6 lead at halftime thanks to two tries from hooker Peato Mauvaka and opener Romain Ntamack, New Zealand had reduced the game to two points after a quick succession of three tries. at the start of Part Two. And it is France’s ability not to collapse – not to succumb to the “flaky” stereotype of the past – that Galthie should be most happy about.
The influence of defense coach Shaun Edwards was visible on the lineup of the Blue Wall, even when they were camping on their own line. The credit goes to Gaël Fickou, who spearheaded defensive efforts on numerous occasions in the first half.
With 657 days until France face New Zealand in the same location in the 2023 Rugby World Cup opener, this victory may well give the French the confidence to start and leave their label of almost male talent. in the past. The same could also be said for New Zealand which looked unlike itself – especially the number of penalties it spat out – and which will need to reverse this trend in 2022. The magnitude of the loss has been visualized when Jordie Barrett fought back tears as his side paid homage to a passionate full-time crowd.
A nice exchange between Ntamack and his captain, scrum half Antoine Dupont, in the first few minutes, prepared their camp for what would come with Mauvaka’s first try on a five-meter line-up. Dupont looks dangerously close to winning the World Player of the Year award and his captain position and the way he plays have helped elevate his squad at key times. Seeking to draw inspiration from past All Black captains such as Richie McCaw, Dupont made the right calls at the right time, insisting as such that Melvyn Jaminet shot the posts when they were not. at two points. on the hour mark after France were pushed back by tries from openside flanker Ardie Savea, Barrett and center Reiko Ioane.
It was a hero-villain case for Savea as he was shown yellow by referee Wayne Barnes after France had the chance to score what would have been a remarkable score created from a counterattack by Ntamack on his own.
But once Penaud was gone, the game was over and New Zealand limped to the end as the hosts forced the game’s final penalty to win by 15 and make France history.
Rating sequence: 5-0 Mauvaka try, 7-0 against Jaminet; 7-3 J Barrett pen, 7-6 J Barrett pen; 12-6 Ntamack tries; 14-6 Jaminet, 17-6 Jaminet pen; 22-6 Mauvaka try, 24-6 Jaminet try; 24-11 J Barrett tries; 24-16 R Ioane tries, 24-18, J Barrett con; 27-18 Jaminet tries; 27-23 A try from Savea, 27-25 J Barrett con; 30-25 Jaminet pen; 35-25 Penaud essay, 37-25 Jaminet essay; 40-25 Jaminet pen.
France from the XV: M Jaminet; D Penaud, G Fickou, J Danty, G Villière; R Ntamack (M Jalibert 66), A Dupont (M Lucu 75); C Baille (JB Gros 48), P Mauvaka (G Barlot 58), U Atonio (D Bamba 47), C Woki (D Cretin 72), P Willemse (R Taofifenua 47), F Cros, A Jelonch, G Alldritt (T Flame 60).
New Zealand XV: J Barrett, W Jordan (D Havili 51), R Ioane, Q Tupaea, G Bridge, R Mo’unga (D McKenzie 70), A Smith (B Weber 60); J Moody (G Bower 47), D Coles (S Taukei’aho 47), N Laulala (O Tuungafasi 47), B Retallick, S Whitelock (T Vaa’i 64), A Ioane, S Cane, A Savea.
Yellow card: Ardie Savea 63-73
Arbitrator: Wayne Barnes (RFU)