A evaluate of at present’s sport between France and Namibia within the Rugby World Cup.
France have reverted to the massive weapons for this match, though Aldritt had a knock to his knee in coaching and is changed by Jelonch. Nutta’s prejudices apart, that is hardly a step-down in high quality. Baille and Danty additionally return. Namibia have additionally made a bit of modifications, 5 to be exact, and are fielding a group nearer to the one they fielded towards Italy than France. In different information, their winger who wrecked his ankle and knee towards the All Blacks final week has been given an improved prognosis after his operation and may be enjoying rugby once more subsequent 12 months. Actually, my first thought was that he’d be strolling with a limp for the remainder of his life, in order that’s excellent news.
France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 François Cros, 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Reda Wardi, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Paul Boudehent, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Yoram Moefana, 23 Melvyn Jaminet
Namibia: 15 Andre van der Bergh, 14 Gerswin Mouton, 13 Johan Deysel (c), 12 Danco Burger, 11 JC Greyling, 10 Cliven Loubser, 9 Jacques Theron, 8 Prince Gaoseb, 7 Johan Retief, 6 Max Katjijeko, 5 Adriaan Ludick, 4 Mahepisa Tjeriko, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 1 Desiderius Sethie Replacements: 16 Obert Nortje, 17 Jason Benade, 18 Haitembu Shifuka, 19 PJ Van Lill, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Oela Blaauw, 22 Alcino Izaacs, 23 Divan Rossouw
The bookies are tipping France to win by 70, and I want I may say I disagreed.
France actually clicked from the beginning, apart from somewhat wobble with not straight on the first lineout. However Atonio compelled a penalty on the ruck, France went to the nook, Dupont kicked throughout to the alternative nook and Penaud opened the scoring.
Namibia kicked too lengthy, from the scrum Jalibert kicked to the nook, Bielle-Biarrey caught it, flicked it again inside to Danty and an excellent strive that may most likely make the highlights actual for the 12 months. France going at over some extent a minute.
Namibia had just a few good minutes. Dupont charged via two tackles, offloaded to Fickou who broke via three or 4 extra, however the transfer died when Danty held on. Just a few good kicks stored the French pinned again a bit then Jalibert to Penaud again inside to Jalibert to Olivon and a beautiful strive beneath the posts.
Moments later Namibian palms within the ruck, a kick to the nook and a pleasant backs transfer had Penaud scoring simply.
France almost scored once more, however a Namibian had brought on Jalibert to knock on. This solely delayed the inevitable, the French scrum demolished the Namibian one, kick to the nook and Danty crashed over from brief vary.
Namibia had a brief interval of strain from the restart, till a pop off the bottom led to a knock on. One way or the other France tousled the scrum, extra exactly controlling the ball on the base, and Namibia surged in direction of the road. The Edwards’ teaching got here out and Namibia have been denied and held on.
Seconds later the French seemed like they have been scoring on the different finish, however the TMO confirmed a knock on. As earlier than that solely delayed the inevitable. The Namibian scrum creaked however labored. The clearing kick was touched however not fairly charged and whereas Ramos may have taken a drop objective, he ran and Jelonch scored.
Cros knocked on from the restart, then performed the ball off his ft. Namibia went to the nook, however France stole the ball, labored their means downfield. Fickou, then Penaud drew defenders and Dupont scored a straightforward strive.
From the restart, Ramos put in a pleasant chip and regathered it. You’re not going to see that as a result of moments later Dupont put in a ridiculous kick with obvious ease to Biele-Biarrey within the nook. Half time saved Namibia any extra ache.
Halftime rating 54-0 That is their highest ever first half rating.
France modified Baille, Atonio and Woki at half time. Woki has performed quite a bit, Baille is getting back from damage, apparently Atonio reported a sore knee. Namibia made a number of modifications (I believe 4), I didn’t catch all of them.
Namibia appeared to open the scoring however a head-on-head contact on Dupont referred to as the strive again. Dupont went off for an HIA feeling his cheek. The TMRO pretty quickly got here again crimson, which was no shock.
From the following lineout Couilloud scampered over to attain.
Nearly from the restart, Couilloud intercepted a move and ran in for a strive, however this was referred to as again for a sort out off the ball. The TMO has been busy, however correct.
Namibia kicked near the 5m line, however the French defence held agency. France cleared the benches after a knock on, then shot down the sphere. Jaminet tried his finest to butcher the strive, however France nonetheless rescued it and Penaud scored once more.
From the restart, Boudehent obtained his sort out method all improper and was knocked out. Woki returned.
France obtained deep with a penalty, then Namibia intercepted a move, sadly with a prop. He kicked forward and Biele-Biarrey outran everybody, collected the ball, turned spherical and outran everybody in the wrong way, scoring within the reverse nook. He ran a LONG means for that one.
France ran a transfer from deep, completed off by Olivon, who scored France’s 2 hundredth World Cup strive (Australia and, after all New Zealand beat them to this whole).
France added a try to a penalty strive, earlier than the top, leading to a brand new file excessive rating for them.
Ultimate Rating 96-0
Second of the Match
I used to be tempted to say the individuals of Marseille belting out La Marseillaise, or the beginning whistle. However Atonio’s turnover penalty that led fairly on to the primary strive. He is a superb scrummager however will be, fairly pretty, criticised for not doing a lot across the pitch. He symbolised the depth and energy the entire group have been going to ship.
There have been a complete bucket load of incredible French tries as effectively. They’re all price watching.
In a extra critical second, Dupont has been taken to hospital, he was truly taken in the course of the match, for additional examination of his cheek. That may be the second with essentially the most lasting penalties.
Participant of the Match
Ramos needs to be in with a shout, lacking one conversion and placing one lengthy kick too lengthy. 12/13 kicks is a few return. Danty performed the entire match on his return and scored a pleasant brace of tries.
However Penaud’s 4 tries, plus an help takes it away on a day the place it was all in regards to the jouer and the exhibition.
Within the feedback not too long ago somebody requested who desires to see individuals run up the rating towards Namibia. In case you solely watch rugby for the contests, then by all means skip this. Nevertheless, in the event you take pleasure in élan, talent and sensible tries, each particular person and group tries, you must at the very least watch the highlights. By all means really feel sorry for Namibia, however take pleasure in watching a facet play nice rugby.