The victory after seven and a half months of abstinence does not prevent you from remaining measured. Coach Fabien Galthié believes that there is still a lot of work to do after this preparation match against the Welsh (38-21) and is already looking ahead to the last day of the 2020 Six Nations Tournament against Ireland next Saturday at the Stade de France.
Are you overwhelmed by this success?
FABIEN GALTHIÉ. We are very satisfied. I hope that we brought a little happiness, smiles to these millions of supporters who cannot play rugby, who cannot come, who are forced to stay at home, behind their television sets.
We felt a real desire to produce the game, to move it towards the wings …
The idea was first to win the match. We also wanted to respect the framework to bring the game together with the ball but also without the ball. The reaction to Scotland is interesting (Editor’s note: defeat 28-17, in the last match on March 8). We should not panic and put a lot of pressure on the opponent. There was a bit of both. We ended up strong and a little frustrated.
We believe that we still have room for maneuver. We were penalized too much, 16 times against 4, it is a record I believe at this level. Then, we couldn’t exploit everything we could have done. And there are options that we haven’t taken out. So much the better, we’ll do it later.
Being so penalized, is it worrying?
There is a difference between international arbitration and the one done in Top 14. We were very penalized. We saw what could be improved.
How did you find Antoine Dupont’s service?
He lived up to the team. He was able to exploit our highlights. He was very good. He adapted quickly enough to both offensive and defensive activity of the Welsh. The hinge he forms with Romain Ntamack supports the team. And Baptiste Serin also animated the game very well when he returned.
You seem very measured as you have beaten the Welsh twice this year …
We are at the start of an international period with a deadline next Saturday which is essential (Editor’s note: the Blues receive Ireland on the last day of the Six Nations Tournament) with the possibility of winning our first competition.
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