The victory of the French XV against Uruguay for the second World Cup match on Thursday evening will leave its mark. And the players make no excuses.
16:45 – Ian Foster: “We have to move forward”
New Zealand coach Ian Foster spoke on Wednesday about his choices for the match against Namibia: “We had a plan for the preparation for this match and we are following it, even if we have to deal with injuries and returns. We are quite happy to be able to bounce back so quickly after the first match. However, it remains a crucial match, and we have therefore composed the team accordingly. We must improve our performance and move forward.”
Three changes to note in the Namibian starting XV, after their defeat against Italy (52-8). South African coach Alister Coetzee integrates Jason Benade (pillar), Prince Gaoseb (third row) and Le Roux Malan (three-quarter center) into his starting line-up.
Namibia XV: Loubser – Mouton, Deysel (cap.), Malan, Rossouw – (o) Swanepoel, (m) Stevens – Hardwick, Gaoseb, Conradie – Uanivi, Retief – Coetzee, Van Jaarsveld, Benade
New Zealand coach Ian Foster has chosen to keep some of his starters for the match against Namibia this evening. He makes nine changes from the starting line-up against France.
All Blacks XV: B. Barrett – Clarke, Lienert-Brown, Havili, Faiga’anuku – McKenzie (o), Roigard – Papali’i, A. Savea (cap.), Jacobson – S. Whitelock, Retallick – Laulala, Taukei’aho, Tu’ungafasi
This evening at 9 p.m., New Zealand and Namibia face each other at the Toulouse Stadium. The two teams will be revengeful: the All Blacks were beaten by France (27-13) and Namibia fell heavily against Namibia (52-8). The Namibians will above all try to concede as few points as possible, and avoid a defeat that is too humiliating. The All Blacks will want to reassure themselves by playing their game and obtaining a river victory. The meeting will be broadcast on TF1.
Like Uruguay yesterday, three other nations are entering the World Cup this week. They will all play their first match tomorrow, Saturday September 16. Samoa will first play at 3 p.m. against Chile, defeated by Japan for its first match (12-42). Portugal will then make their debut at 5:45 p.m. against Wales, winners in a landslide over Fiji (32-26). Tonga will finally face Ireland at 9 p.m., who crushed Romania last weekend (82-8).
Questioned by La Dépêche, the pillar of the Blues Dorian Aldegheri expressed his feelings after the tight match against Uruguay (27-12): “Yes, we are coming out of a frustrating match but we must say to ourselves that we still won a World Cup match. What’s regrettable is taking so many penalties. Whereas against the Blacks, we only conceded four. From one week to the next, that’s not possible such a gap. Yes we won, we are happy but we come away frustrated. That’s why we must not fall asleep.”
For Arthur Vincent, the final result was “expected”, even if there are many things to review. “Obviously, there is a little frustration, it’s normal and it’s part of the game, especially with our performance. We have things to work on, that’s good. We especially remember this victory. That two matches, two victories, so it’s important, it’s still a World Cup match against a very good Uruguayan team. We expected it, we were served well.”
If we criticize the performance of the Blues, it is also because Uruguay may have had the match of their lives against one of the best nations in the world. At a press conference, the captain said he was very proud. “I am very proud of my team. I couldn’t dream of a better team to lead. We fought against France, one of the best teams in the world, on their home field. I am very proud. This n “It’s just the beginning for us. We fought the whole game, but it was essential for us to keep pushing France and keep fighting.”
Starting at the opening, Antoine Hastoy, like his teammates, was not at all satisfied with the collective performance. “We didn’t know how to respond to the aggression and the fight that they imposed on us. Especially in the ruck zones. When we could score, we didn’t score. As a result, we didn’t take They stayed in the match, they remained valiant. And what’s more, they played the ball pretty well. We came out a little frustrated because we wanted to play well collectively. And we didn’t succeed to do it. There are a lot of things to review, we will hold on to the victory and get back to work.”
“They were very aggressive in this match. I think that we, near the lines, were not patient, we could have handled certain situations better. At the end of the first period, we could have perhaps- should have taken the points but we dominated them in the scrum, we wanted to score. We wanted to do well, they were starving, from start to finish. They still surprised us because we couldn’t win these last five meters. They gave us a lot of heckling, yes, but we’re not going to question everything because we had an average match” analyzes captain for one evening Anthony Jelonch.
For the coach Fabien Galthié, indiscipline was one of the reasons for the great difficulties of the XV of France. “The 15 penalties? In rugby, you think you have something and, the next match, if you don’t do the right thing, you lose it. Our performance in terms of discipline allowed us to win the match against New Zealand. We had a nervous team, which wanted to score quickly. Opposite, Uruguay were very aggressive on the ground. We were surprised at first and then you doubted. It was a trap match. We have to putting the right ingredients at the right time and in the right place. Maybe we mixed it up a bit.”
08:49 – “Unacceptable” for Cameron Woki
“A lot of frustration because we would have liked to show another performance. We came up against a team which was starting the competition and which had a lot of desire. We respected them but we faltered a little in the scrum and we were not quite patient I think. 15 penalties is enormous, it’s even unacceptable at international level. It’s a chance to have won this match with so many penalties. We would have liked to show something else. We showed that “We had an undisciplined team and it’s a shame. No match is easy, we’re in a World Cup,” explained the French player after the match.
END OF LIVE – After a match rich in emotion this Thursday evening for the Blues and the Uruguayans, the competition continues tomorrow, Friday September 15, with New Zealand – Namibia, from 9 p.m. This time the match will be played at the Toulouse Stadium. It will be broadcast on TF1.
The Blues finally won, as best they could, at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille against the Uruguayans. Final score: 27 – 12. Next meeting: France – Namibia on September 21. The meeting will take place at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, at 9 p.m. Viewers will be able to follow the exploits of the Blues on France 2 on this occasion.
The President of the Republic is one of the spectators of this France – Uruguay. Emmanuel Macron made the trip to Lille where he followed the meeting alongside Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou, as the tenant of the Élysée announced on X (ex-Twitter).