April 14, 2024

France-South Africa: The shock announcement!

The XV de France faces an immense challenge. After a faultless record in the group phase, with four wins in as many matches, including a convincing victory over New Zealand, Les Bleus face South Africa in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Reigning world champions, the Springboks have solid arguments to put forward, not least their destructive strength thanks to a particularly powerfu…

The XV de France faces an immense challenge. After a faultless record in the group phase, with four wins in as many matches, including a convincing victory over New Zealand, Les Bleus face South Africa in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Reigning world champions, the Springboks have solid arguments to put forward, not least their destructive strength thanks to a particularly powerful forward pack.

This is a tough team to play against. They have a terrible appetite for winning the advantage line with the forwards, analyzed Xavier Garbajosa for Midi-Olympique. On the conquest phases, they gave the Irish a hard time in the second half. Beyond that, depending on the choice of fly-half, between Libbok and Pollard, there may also be an adaptation of strategy. We’re going to have to do better and faster than them.

But according to the former Toulouse center, the XV de France has nothing to fear on the rugby front. We’ve said it many times: rugby is a sport of collective combat. Of course, there will be collisions and contact, and physically we’ll have to keep up with the South Africans. But I sincerely believe that rugby-wise, we’re way, way ahead of them in terms of game and talent, he asserted, confident in the strengths of Fabien GalthiĆ©’s troops.