6 Nations 2024 – Maxime Lucu (France XV) to start against Scotland at Murrayfield despite his performance

Untidy, uninspired and above all hampered by a bunch of attackers pushed around for more than an hour, Maxime Luca went through hell in Marseille. Despite everything, he will start in the pod on Saturday.

Before we get fully to the heart of the matter, allow us this simple question as a preamble: what is a scrum-half, no matter how strong, reduced to a suffering pack? And can #9 truly shine when the building that serves as his vanguard is shaking in all its layers? If you’ve played the sport at all or are familiar with its culture and customs, you’ll quickly understand where we’re going with this.

Because this is neither hiding face nor exonerating Maxime Luca: On Friday night, the Union Bordeaux-Bègles scrum-half missed everything he set out to do, lacked length in his tour camp, made a few bad decisions and naturally withered. the four-leaf clover that accompanied him until then (18 victories in 18 selections). The facts are there, and for all the good will in the world, it was very difficult in Marseille not to compare Lucu’s slightest action with what would probably have been done in his place. the usual keeper of the jersey. And we said many times from the stand that the French XV lost fifteen meters with every clearance, that the Irish third line was rarely repaired and that in the end the preparatory work that Bordelo could not do – Béglais around the grouping necessarily had an impact on the exteriors, where, among others, Damian Penaud and Thomas Ramos had little space available. Once they were cut open by Hugo Keenan, others were choked with the hairy arms of Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw. That being said, would the Blues beat Ireland with Dupont in their ranks? However, we have the right to doubt it…

New (and last) chance?

For the first time in his international career, Maxime Lucu was thrust into the spotlight on Friday night and it didn’t work: blinded by the spotlight and abandoned or almost abandoned by his peers, the Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle kid also crystallized some of the anger of the French supporters after the meeting. Will he still pay the price? In the corridors of the Vélodrome stadium, national team coach Fabien Galthié quickly opened the umbrellawhen questions of great uproar began to arise in the audience: “I said players that they should definitely not have these thoughts when they are in the field. Even if things go wrong, they shouldn’t think they will pay for their choice. Not at all. So I don’t envisage, with the exception of the withdrawal of Romain Taofifenua, who has a foot infection, Paul Willems, who will be suspended because of his red card and Red Wardi with a wrist injury, any changes for next week.”

It is clear that just a week after going down hard against Ireland, Maxime Luca will have another chance to prove he has so much in him in Edinburgh alongside his club-mate Matthieu Jalibert. abilities other than reviving the memory of Antoine Dupont’s absence as soon as he touches the ball. And in many ways we find it quite healthy…

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