France v Ireland – The Blues notes: Maxime Luca outplayed, forwards outplayed

Velodrama in Marseille! The Blues were humiliated by the Irish, who were much more confident in their strength and masters of their rugby. After a devastated Maxime Luca, the Blues are attacking their 2024 tournament in the worst possible way.

Unconverted penalty in the 43rd at 10:17, in the worst of times when the French still had hope of returning to the score. Before that, a penalty and two converted conversions. And that’s about it. Like all his friends on the three-quarter line, he had too few opportunities to express himself with the ball in hand despite 6 rushes and 55 yards.

In a dominated team, he stood out in a less flamboyant way than in his last appearances. In good conditions, he was not hit often. Hope still managed to score at the end of the first period by “zoning out”. Hesitant under high balls (he fumbled in the 17th, missed in the 59th), clumsy at times (a leaping pass badly received in the 68th), penalized once, he did not have his best night in Marseille. Far from here.

Like the entire French team, Ficka also suffered. Uninspired in the first blue attack, where he did not fix his defender enough before releasing the ball for Damian Penaud (3rd), he never got his head out of the water. He doubled up on defense (10 tackles), but that’s a prerequisite for his position. The French attacks lacked depth and pace, the Blues seemed to be up against the Irish.

An evening to forget. He was at fault with the forward offering the first scrum of the game for the Irish (21st) and was caught a little early on a fairly readable pass fake from Bundee Akhi which offered the Irish their first hot chance. He completely missed two Irish attempts in the first period. He was replaced by Louis Bielle-Biarrey (63rd).

Invisible in the first period. Very often under pressure, as after a rough pass by Thomas Ramos (9), the French winger failed to express himself in the register in which he usually excels. He tried to increase his numbers in defense (3 successful saves).

Offensively, the best Blue. Sharp from the start of the match, he tried to inject speed into the French game and did his best to revive it as much as possible. He offered a try of hope to Damian Penaud (38). But the French opener showed his limits in defense. Caelan Doeris played with him on Nash’s attempt (42nd) and overall was not effective enough in the run (4 missed tackles).

An encouraging start with a good first game at the foot of the pressure and then a black hole for 30 minutes. Loaned out, hesitant, rife with bad decisions and sometimes countered (Ryan Baird, 20), Antoine Dupont’s usual understudy sometimes seemed overwhelmed by the speed of Ireland’s three-quarters. Luca missed two tackles on Gibson-Park and then Nash. To his credit, a good attacking save from the start of the second period, which cannot forget the four he missed. He looked lost on the VĂ©lodrome and suffered comparisons to Gibson-Park, his Irish counterpart. He was replaced by Le Garrec in the 64th.

We saw little of him in the first half, due to the Blues’ (very) low possession. Like his team, the French captain was under pressure and finished with an easy penalty in the 24thE minute which could have made it 13-0 but which luckily had no effect on Crowley’s failure against the posts. For the rest, Alldritt did not progress at his usual level, very rarely gaining an advantage. As a result, the Blue captain stepped up his efforts in defense following the example of Charles Ollivon. The problem is that the game of rugby requires progress and the Rochelais found little progress with around thirty meters gained in fifteen tackles.

Very active, the Toulon defender worked hard in defense and tried to throw in some low balls to encourage his team’s play. Sometimes successfully, sometimes less so. Beirne against contact (36E), Varois continued his quest to finish as the Tricolores top scorer with 16 saves. Usually very busy on the sidelines, he failed to stabilize his position, one of the great black spots of the XV. France on Friday night.

The Toulouse man held the bar in the first half. We saw him break through the Irish defense and go into the fight with all his might. He was also valuable on the touchline where he was often close to the counter-attack defensively at several moments in the first half and provided some fine catches at the back of the line. He was replaced by Paul Boudehent in the 64th, who took his strength into midfield or on the wing but could improve his passing. He was replaced by Cameron Woki (63rd), who made a rather neutral entry with one touch and another under the ball.

The Montpellier player, already booked immediately (9th) for shouldering Andrew Porter’s head, hit rock bottom just after the half-hour mark by again headbutting Caelan Doris, inheriting a second yellow card that backfired. Red. A nightmare for MHR’s second string, who had ten games under his belt when he left the pitch.

The Parisian, who was quickly left alone in the cage with the yellow cards received by Paul Willemse, spared no effort to fill the gaps. The Parisian also distinguished himself in the aviation sector, where he was often served on the front line. The area where he had a great fight against O’Mahony. The surprised guest of the first training camp also distinguished himself in the 51st minute with a powerful attempt that gave the Blues hope. A rating that gives the Parisian the right to demand a second term. He was replaced by Posolo Tuilagi (52nd), whose international debut was marred by this heavy defeat.

Rochelais once again used his strengths as a first ball carrier and dished out some good plays in the first half, such as the one on Aki early in the game, as well as another on Beirne midway through the game. a few minutes later. He was replaced by Dorian Aldegheri (52nd), who immediately distinguished himself by getting the best of Ireland’s scrum, which was also reduced to 7. The problem is that the Toulouse player quickly looked overwhelmed by the pace of the international rally.

Penalized for offside earlier in the game, the Toulouse lad produced a number of blistering saves, such as the one that stopped the towering McCarthy in his tracks just before the half-hour mark. He thus signed a free error in defense (11. /11). Overall, the French touch didn’t work at the VĂ©lodrome. Is it a fault of the foot or assembly? He was replaced by Julien Marchand (52nd), who brought his strength into the game, but did not do a miracle with such a hesitant alignment.

Cyril Baille, true to his image as a passing column, mobile and dynamic, was one of the best Frenchmen in Marseille. As well as containing Furlong well in the scrum, the Toulouse player also excelled in the running game. He was replaced by Reda Wardi (52nd), who stayed on the field only 18 minutes before departure due to injury.

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