Rugby Women's World Cup: Les Bleues crush South Africa at the start of the competition

Rugby Women’s World Cup: Les Bleues crush South Africa at the start of the competition

France's Romane Ménager plays hard to see off South African opponent Lusanda Dumke, during the opening match of the Rugby World Cup on October 8, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand.

This is the best way to start before next week’s big clash against England. Without forcing too much, the French women’s XV started their World Cup very well, dominating, on Saturday, October 8, South Africa with a net score of 40-5, at Eden Park in Auckland (New Zealand) in the opening match of the competition.

Les Bleues, stuck in Group C, scored six tries, including a double by their scrum-half Laure Sansus, named “player of the match”. They thus give themselves a precious extra point in the race for classification with a view to the quarterfinals.

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The objective of the French team is to break its glass ceiling and reach the final in a competition in which it has never finished better than third (six times in eight editions!). But the road is likely to be rough, especially against nations like England or New Zealand. First and second respectively in the international rankings, the two teams have shared seven of the eight titles since the competition’s inception in 1991.

Gaëlle Mignot, the French assistant coach in charge of scrum and contact attitudes, had warned on Friday: “We want to enter the competition in the best possible way. »

“What matters is preparing our game, setting the mood, the rivalshe added.. And send a strong signal to everyone saying “we are very present and we want to go as far as possible”. »

Start strong then drop in the beat

Basically mission accomplished, but in form he will raise the level of play against the English Red Roses. Les Bleues would particularly benefit from tweaking a few details and letting more go to take advantage of the smaller space.

At a packed Eden Park in beautiful sunshine, the French quickly scored three tries in fifteen minutes before slowing down. The first, a trickster test of the minutes of the meeting, signed by Laure Sansus, the second is the work of central defender Gabrielle Vernier (11me), after a small shot by starter Caroline Drouin, and finally, the third came after an interception by Emilie Boulard (17me).

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But while Habs benefited from numerical superiority following a yellow card directed at the Women Boks Sizophila Solontsi back row in the 29thme, did not materialize, chaining errors and approximations. This period of weakness for the French continued after the break, with Les Bleues giving up a try signed by South African winger Nomawethu Mabenge (50me).

Despite a long time in the Bok camp, the Blue, again by Laure Sansus, had to wait for 67me minute to score her fourth try, synonymous with an offensive bonus, before Caroline Drouin, then Septista Joanna Grisez, worsened the score.

“We take the points, that’s the main thing”analyzed Laure Sansus at the final whistle, at the microphone of TF1. “Physically, [les Sud-Africaines] They were very harsh, they attacked us, they hurt us. So yes, it’s a good performance because we won, but I think the content is still not satisfactory.the Blues scrum-half added.

The gaze now turns to Saturday October 15 and this long-awaited duel against the English. Before concluding the first round, the following Saturday, against Fiji.

The world with AFP

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