NEWSPAPER – Despite its success against Uruguay (27-12) Thursday evening, the XV of France did not reure with a performance considered very insufficient.
The French XV has performed so well over the past three years that the demands of its followers have gone up a notch. This Thursday evening at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, the Blues won their second World Cup match against Uruguay (27-12) but the collective performance of Fabien Galthié’s players did not convince the French press. Far from there.
This morning, The Team title “In the north, it was very messy,” in reference to the famous Corons by Pierre Bachelet. The sports daily highlights the “pale copy” delivered by the reworked Blues team which stumbled for 80 minutes against the Uruguayans “transcended”. Led by captain Anthony Jelonch, of the Tricolores “against a current” let the offensive bonus that seemed promised to them slip away, a regret for the newspaper even if the essentials were ured at the end of a “nice purge.»
As for the regional press, we also agree on the tasteless game proposed against the Teros. “Pale Blues” writes the Dispatch from the Southas South West And The Parisian (“Very pale Blues”), proof that the French replacements, against their will, made everyone agree. The Dauphiné Libéré prefers to be positive by recalling that “The Blues ensure” the four points of victory before challenging Namibia next Thursday. The voice of the North even dare to speak of “Deliverance” with an image of the try scored at the end of the match by the young Louis Bielle-Biarrey.
Six days later historic success in front of the All Blacks, West France And Free lunch also remain unsatisfied and join the general outpouring of frustration. The two daily newspapers regret “victory without panache”. Finally, to find positive words, we must turn to the match report of the opponent, Uruguay, praised in all the columns. “Catchy”, “combative”, “valorous” are the words chosen to describe the South Americans who amazed with their energy and their solidity. The Blues also surprised last night, but not in a good way.