XV of France - Lebel and Tanga in form, Lucu and Jolmes inside... Notes from Japan - France

XV of France – Lebel and Tanga in form, Lucu and Jolmes inside… Notes from Japan – France

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The narrow victory of the Blues against Japan, this Saturday (15-20), in Tokyo, will have been marked by the success of Matthis Lebel, the slaughter of Yoan Tanga but also by the disappointing performances of Maxime Lucu and Thomas Jolmès.

15. Max spring: 4.5/10

The Racingman will keep a contrasting memory of his first cap. He gets fixed on the first Japanese test (13th) and lets himself be carried away by Leitch’s feint on the second (40th). Offensively, on the rare balls he negotiated, he made his support and his explosiveness speak, as on this raise (35th) or on this breakthrough (64th). A ball caught in the air (16th), another released (50th). His kicking game allows him to find a nice entry penalty (4th). His pass to follow for Macalou (65th) was rather well seen but was not rewarded. He ended with a forward under dismissal which could have been expensive (73rd) and with a very daring recovery from his in-goal (78th). Talent but still inexperience.

14. Damien Penaud: 4.5/10

The best tricolor test scorer did not score, a rare thing. Above all, in defense, he was caught out. It is too tight on the first try (13th) and thus generates the mini-lag perfectly exploited by the Japanese. On the second, he fails to prevent the pass after contact. He was little in sight offensively: the crossing of Vakatawa (4th) was not exploitable, he was well contained by his vis-à-vis (39th) and was almost in touch when Jalibert shifted him (44th) . His kick to follow (24th) was rather well seen. Replaced by Sekou Macalou (64th), close to scoring a try behind a kick to follow.

13. Fallen crops: 5/10

As in the first test, the center will not have sparked. He tries to overtake Fifita (5th) but, failing to do so, tries an imprecise crossing (5th). He was regularly contained by the Japanese defenders. His technique can still do feats like on the jump for the test of Matthis Lebel (9th) but, individually, we have not yet found the Vakatawa of the great years.

12. Yoram Moefana: 6/10

On the heels of his first test, the Bordelais had started with sharp interventions. Without being able to cross the line. Subsequently, we saw it less at work without it denoting. He will remain one of the big players in the victory thanks to his tackle on the goal line which will have made it possible to invalidate the last try of Tatafu (75th).

Yoram Moefana (France), against Japan.
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11. Mathis Lebel: 7/10

The Toulousain was in a great day. On the heels of his end of the season, he made his confidence speak to go and score a pure winger’s try at the end of the line, overflowing his vis-à-vis (9th). He was close to doubling after having again deposited his direct opponent (21st). Good in the air (30th), he recovered and exploited a ball well which brought a highlight (44th). He is in good shape and it shows.

Matthis Lebel (France), against Japan.

Matthis Lebel (France), against Japan.
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10. Matthieu Jalibert: 4.5/10

The Bordelais were not as inspired as last week. Most of his many kicking games were too neutral, offering stimulus balls to the Japanese three-quarters. Offensively, he tried less and his initiatives have rarely paid off as on this first-hand action where he commits a forward (25th) and on this start in the closed where he serves Penaud on the sideline (55th). In defense, he was generous, which did not prevent Tatafu from knocking him down again in front of the in-goal (75th). His interception (78th) will have been saving. But that’s not enough for a player of this level.

Matthieu Jalibert (France), against Japan.

Matthieu Jalibert (France), against Japan.
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9. Funny Maxim: 3.5/10

The Bordelais was excessively sober. He weighed too little on the game. His emergency clearance was countered by Lebel’s header (16th) and his overhand was not inspired (31st). 2/2 in the penalty shootout. Replaced from the 50th by Baptiste Couilloud who had the merit of energizing the tricolor game. His choice to quickly play a penalty twice in a row will not have paid off (56th). The light finally came from the top scorer in the Top 14, by inspiration and acceleration behind a dominant pack (71st).

8. Yoan Tanga: 6/10

Defensively, he struggled again in the wake of his last game. Best defender of the match (despite a missed tackle on Tatafu at the worst moment, fortunately without consequences), enormous activity like his important contest of the 62nd, Tanga in return experienced a certain offensive waste, with several duels suffered and especially this inattention to the support of Bamba, which caused the loss of the ball at the origin of the second Japanese try.

7. Charles Ollivon: 5/10

In his role as roster captain, he’s proven to be quite effective in finding the right areas
(15/16), even if we can also deplore an important ball lost against Waqa in the 52nd. For the rest, it has not yet regained its fullness, like an aerial duel lost under a Japanese dismissal (10th), fortunately without consequence. Perfect in his leadership in the management of the last half hour, he allowed his partners not to panic.

6. Dylan Cretin: 3.5 / 10

He struggled to find his rhythm, like a one-on-one loss in defense against Van den Heever and a generally insufficient activity, especially in his offensive support sometimes at the wrong time. Replaced in the 43rd minute by Racingman Ibrahim Diallo, responsible for marking the colossus Waqa in his pants, and who did not fail in his mission even if he too suffered some delays in support.

5. Thomas Jolmes: 3/10

Author of an excellent first half hour last week, he did not start at the same tempo, conceding two gross losses of the ball (6th, 33rd) and missing several tackles, in particular on his vis-à-vis Waqa. Replaced in the 43rd by Thomas Lavault, who fought in his characteristic style, without giving in to his cute sin of indiscipline but without really weighing on the debates either.

Thomas Jolmès (France), against Japan.

Thomas Jolmès (France), against Japan.
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4. Thibaud Flament: 5/10

In a considerably combat-hardened match, he was much less comfortable than a week earlier. Little in sight at the start of the match, except for a stupidly conceded delayed tackle on the Japanese scrum-half. He still had the merit of ensuring in touch and intelligently recovering a ball which trailed after an aerial duel lost by Jalibert (32nd), while ensuring in scrum despite his early passage on the right. Penalized for a slump (64th) after a disagreement with Lebel.

Thibaud Flament (France), against Japan.

Thibaud Flament (France), against Japan.
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3. Dempsey: 4.5/1

Author of a forward which spoiled a turnover ball on the kick-off, he recovered immediately by putting the fault to his vis-à-vis in scrum. The starting point for a good performance in this sector, where he corrected the situation compared to the first test. A little less in verve in the current game, he was sanctioned for offside near his line (18th) and even suffered a few impacts, in defense and attack (new forward in the 42nd). Replaced in the 45th by Sipili Falatea, who concentrated his efforts on the closed scrum with more or less success, even if Couilloud’s try owes him a lot.

Demba Bamba (France), against Japan.

Demba Bamba (France), against Japan.
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2. Special peat: 5/10

Particularly targeted by the Japanese defenders, he struggled to express himself in attack, even at the back of the tricolor balls where the Japanese wandering hands forced him to stay glued to the package. On the other hand, he was one of the most incisive Habs in defense, with two turnovers won and a significant penalty recovered on a Japanese highlight (35th). Replaced in the 43rd by Pierre Bourgarit who blew hot and cold, especially on this last throw too short for Flament who offered a match point to Japan.

Peato MAUVAKA (France), against Japan.

Peato MAUVAKA (France), against Japan.
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1. Jean-Baptiste Gros: 4.5/10

He stood out at the start of the match with a clear desire to weigh in on the ground game, like a superbly won turnover (5th). Alas, he sometimes had trouble “sorting” his interventions, sometimes engaging ill-advisedly in the rucks rather than reconstituting the line. Solid in melee, nothing more. Replaced in the 45th by the Rochelais Dany Priso, who struggled to recover two balls despite an aggressiveness not always controlled (a penalty conceded on the ground).

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