By bowing to the wire, Friday March 26, against Scotland, the XV of France not only let slip the dream of a victory in the Six Nations Tournament, but it also took a small blow to morale. ” We are a little stunned. Hot like that, there is a lot of disappointment, commented, after the match, the third row Grégory Alldritt. In the end, we didn’t just want victory, we were trying to look for more ”.
The ambition to finally win the trophy, 11 years after their last victory in 2010, may have somewhat disturbed the lucidity of the XV of France who was to register four tries and win with a 21-point difference.
The feat was almost out of reach and a victory could have been enough to console the Blues. But in the end, it was a try from winger Duhan van der Merwe at the very end of the game that changed the game for Scotland. The Quinze au thistle won against the French for the first time since 1999. France is therefore content with second place in this tournament, behind Wales, who have won four of their five matches, and finished with four points. ahead of the Blues. Ireland completes the podium.
The team coached by Fabien Galthié scored three tries during the match, by the back Brice Dulin (36th), in the first half, then by the winger Damian Penaud (46th) and the second row Swan Rebbadj (66th ). but that did not prevent her from losing, narrowly, after the yellow card attributed to Baptiste Serin (73rd).
A fierce competition
The Fifteen tricolor was especially unable to widen the gap against the uninhibited Scots: with a Finn Russell XXL and two tries from Duhan van der Merwe (15th, 80th + 5) and another from David Cherry (61st). The winger ends up best scorer (5).
The XV of France therefore ends the 2021 edition behind the Welsh, crowned for the 28th time in the Tournament, the sixth in the “Six Nations” era. “After the defeat, you have to show humility. But we finish second in this competition for the second time and in fierce competition. It should also be pointed out “, reacted, disappointed, Fabien Galthié after the meeting.
The English title holders slide to a very sad 5th place, just ahead of the eternal Italian wooden spoon, which has not won in the Tournament since 2015, a series of 32 consecutive defeats.
The young French team, just under 26 and 24 selections on average at kick-off, still have some progress to make. But this second place and the two defeats of only a few points conceded against England and Scotland are a sign that a victory is within their reach.