Welsh winners, Blues finish second at the Six Nations Tournament
France’s XV picked up a bonus win against Wales on the final day of the tournament on Saturday.
The XV of France fulfilled his contract to the end. The Blues concluded their Six Nations Tournament with a win against Wales (41-28) on Saturday 18 March at the Stade de France on the final day.
Shaken by the Welsh in the blow, especially at the start of the match, the French still manage to play their game and gain the upper hand, before relaxing in the second part of the second period.
The five tries scored and the offensive bonus won were not enough to get back ahead of Ireland, who got rid of the XV della Rosa in Dublin.
Beautiful offensive inspirations
Faced with the Welsh who did not come as expiatory victims, the Blues showed two faces. After suffering Welsh possession early in the game, they managed to get back on track, pushed by a Stade de France ready to believe until the end in the title. Relaunched by a brilliant number by Romain Ntamack, who climbed 50 meters to lead to the first Italian try (10th), the Blues then regained control and efficiency on their possessions. Jonathan Danty thus came to conclude a very good French highlight after a good offensive sequence from one end of the goal line to the other (33rd).
The French recovery of form spread across all lines after returning from the changing rooms. Right pillar Uini Atonio, back from a three-week suspension, took the opportunity to score his first try for the national team (44th), on the day of his 50th appearance in the blue shirt. Gaël Fickou and Damian Penaud also went there with their result to complete France’s XV’s new and improved attacking festival, which surpasses 40 points for the second game in a row.
Fabien Galthié’s men also took advantage of the faults of Leek XV (conceding eight penalties). Author of a 100% walk, Thomas Ramos became the best French scorer in a Six Nations Tournament (84).
Some scare nonetheless
It took at least this to erase a difficult start to the race. However, accustomed to sensational income, the XV of France this time had some difficulty in letting go. From the very first minutes the fireworks, the smell of sulfur and the electric atmosphere gave way to a wave of doubts, while the Welshman managed to record the fastest race allowed by the Azzurri in this tournament.
The tricolor field offered new cold sweats during strong Welsh weather around the hour as the atmosphere cooled over Saint-Denis. But this team progressed mentally, and managed to brush away the questions by reacting. It’s a pity if the last Marseillaise was spoiled by the last Welsh race just before the siren.