The French women’s rugby team corrects New Zealand

The players of the French rugby team celebrate their large victory against New Zealand (38-13), Saturday, November 13, in Pau.

“The sooner we mark the spirits, the faster we will show the value of the France team”, explained, in The team, Thomas Darracq, the sports manager of the XV de France feminine. Be reassured, the Blue have marked their territory by knocking out New Zealand (38-13), Saturday, November 13, at the Hameau de Pau stadium.

A week after their demonstration against South Africa (46-3) at the opening of the autumn tour, the players of Annick Hayraud confirmed their position against opponents of a higher level. Faced with the Black Ferns, five-time world champions, the France team achieved a great score less than a year from the next World Cup (October 8-November 12, 2022), in New Zealand. “This is the culmination of a lot of work for months, rejoiced the captain, GaΓ«lle Hermet, at the microphone of France 2. We said we wanted to show character, it’s validated. “

Third straight win over New Zealand

Admittedly, the New Zealand women do not dominate the parties as much as in recent years, especially since their last world title in 2017. They have come out of two severe defeats against England (43-12 and 56-15) since the end of October. And the French could also rely on their last two successes against the Blacks Ferns, in 2018 (30-27) and in 2019 (25-16).

If the XV of France was now uninhibited against the queens of world rugby, he had never managed to dominate them in such widths: six tries to one. The addition could even have been heavier without the test at the end of the meeting of Eloise Blackwell (73e), yet contentious.

From the start of the match, the Blues were dominant by scoring three tries before half-time (19-6). The first, signed Cyrielle Banet, came barely after ten minutes of play following a maul, which the English had already used wisely against the New Zealand women, crumbly in defense.

Cyrielle Banet did it again by receiving a magnificent kick from left to right from the Gabrielle Vernier center, at the end of a school action (15e).

The exit for concussion protocol of winger Caroline Boujard, one of the most enduring blue strikers, did not disrupt the France team. The young ChloΓ© Jacquet (19), Olympic vice-champion at seven in Tokyo, came into play at the back position and distinguished herself by scoring her first international try at fifteen for her second selection (39e).

Revenge next weekend

The Blue drove home the point in the second half, scoring three new tries, each time on carried balls, definitely a black spot for the New Zealanders. Full-back Emilie Boulard (47e), repositioned on the wing, the hooker Agathe Sochat (63e) and the substitute scrum half Laure Sansus (71e) each flattened in turn to the cheers of a BΓ©arn audience with around 12,000 spectators.

French and New Zealand women will meet again next Saturday, November 20, at the Pierre-Fabre stadium in Castres, to complete the autumn tour.

New Zealanders defeated by the Irish

On the men’s side, too, the New Zealand team stumbled. The All Blacks were beaten on Saturday in Dublin by the Irish (29-20). This is the third success in its history against New Zealand for a team from Ireland who dominated the game, scoring three tries. A little more than ten minutes from the end of the match, a try was refused to the All Blacks for forward, while the score was only 23 to 17. Two penalties at the very end of the match freed them. Irish. The All Blacks are due to face the France team on Saturday, November 20.


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