“They had passed over us”, remembers the hooker Camille Chat with pain. It was the time when Murrayfield echoed with happiness to bring down the leader of the Six Nations Tournament and when the plan to fight Covid-19 was all about doctors around the stadium and hydroalcoholic gel at will. At the beginning of March, the Blues version Fabien Galthié suffered their first defeat in Edinburgh (28-17), conceding three tries and losing the opportunity to bring rugby France its first Grand Slam for ten years.
Eight months later, here are the French about to find Sunday (4 p.m.) the Scottish capital and the XV du Chardon on the occasion of the Autumn Nations Cup, in a completely different health context, but in a context not so distant athlete. As in March, the Blues remain on successes against strong rugby nations, England and Wales at the time, Wales and Ireland this time. And like the last time, they hope to continue on a lawn where they have not won since 2014.
“It is the only team to have kept us in check this year and that is for all of us a powerful motivational lever, warned the manager of the XV of France, Raphaël Ibañez, on France Info. It will be an interesting challenge, especially in terms of strength of character. “
“We learned from this defeat”
Without wanting to bring bad memories too much to the surface, that was not the only thing the French had missed that day. The Blues had been victims of their nerves – a yellow card for Cros and especially a red for Haouas on a punch – facing an overheated and intimidating Scottish public. They also had to deplore injuries with those of Chat during the warm-up and Ntamack at the start of the match. Since then, the XV du Chardon, who finished their Tournament by beating Wales, started their Autumn Nations Cup with improved success (17-28) in Italy on November 14.
“We learned from this defeat, it’s up to us to show it, announces the back Thomas Ramos. It was our first competition with this new group. We managed big games, great games, but we left with a defeat (Editor’s note: before the spring break linked to the health situation). There was frustration but since then we have had time to fine-tune certain things. “
With the cancellation of the match against Fiji, usual holders like Ollivon, Dupont or Alldritt benefit from the opportunity to see Murrayfield again – without spectators this time – and an additional week of training at Marcoussis. Additional common experience before returning to their club after three game sheets this fall, as required by the agreement between the LNR and the FFR.
“We are preparing this meeting in the best possible way,” announces Camille Chat. We all have deep inside us this desire for revenge. We had an average match last time. There, we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves. “And to launch, for good this time, his Fall Nations Cup by a success on the ground and not on the green carpet.
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