Last February, during the Tournament, the French had been largely beaten (41-26) before hanging on (18-20) in San Diego during the World Series. The double world champions (1994, 2014) have always been a complicated and difficult opponent for the Blue. That was confirmed Saturday to Marcel-Michelin, the French bowing (10-17), two tries to one.
Powerful in balloons worn (30th, 32nd, 33rd), the British logically scored their first try (34th) by their captain, the third-line center Hunter, who reoffended four minutes later (38th) flush on a percussion two . The Blue, they tried to play off but often lost the ball, once put on the ground.
Conducted, 3-17, at the break, the French returned to the assault, in force, flush, on balloons worn behind penaltouches, but lacked efficiency. They were then looking for the wide (58th) and behind a very long time finally arrived, in numerical superiority (yellow card against Parker, 60th, for offside) to score their test (63) flush with a ruck by the center Camille Boudaud, turned into a corner by the back Tremouliere (10-17).
Alas, the English, better organized, safer at the foot as hand, managed to increase their lead thanks to a penalty goal from their center Emily Scarratt (72), crowned in Tokyo last week best player in the world by a jury of World Rugby. And kept the Blue under pressure in their side to win.