Following Stade Toulouse’s win against Bayonne, Antoine Dupont looked back on the Blues’ heavy defeat against Ireland on Friday night. The scrum half confirms that they are not worried about Alldritt’s gang.
To your surprise, Antoine Dupont was not at the Vélodrome with the XV of France on Friday night to challenge Clover. The French captain will compete at the Olympics next summer with France 7 during the last World Cup. Before flying out for two legs with his new team-mates, Dupont was on the field with Stadium in Toulouse against Bayonne during Day 14 of the Top 14. He produced a superb performance from the start with a try, plenty of chances created and some brilliant footwork to seal the match and give the reigning French champions an attacking bonus. “For a young guy playing doubles, I hope he’s not there (in the club) for a long time and that one day or the other he will be able to play a little higher (in the French team)”, laughed Ugo Mola after the match at the Canal + microphone.
But what everyone wanted to know was how Antoine Dupont felt about the previous day’s match and France’s debacle against XV du Trèfle. Obviously wrong: “I think I experienced it like everyone else. It was difficult to see the French team in trouble.”
The step was too high
The evening break was still on the broadcaster’s microphone expressing his feelings about the meeting in Marseille. “Playing outnumbered at international level, we know how difficult it is. The Irish were very well prepared and I think the step was too high. We put too many obstacles in the way.
The Blues now have their backs against the wall and will need to recover quickly as they face a whirlwind trip to Scotland in a week’s time. But the absent one does not worry too much about his friends. “I’m not worried, they’re a group with character and ambition and I’m sure they’ll hold their heads high next time in Scotland.” If some as former coach Pierre Berbizier, he would like to see Dupont support his team at the Vélodrome, the person in question justified his choice. Does he regret his decision? “We always want to play every gameanswered Canal + journalists. But alas, there are only 52 weeks left and too many games to play already. We can’t be everywhere.”. It is true, but it is clear that the French genius would not be too much against the formidable Irish on his way to another Grand Slam.