l’essentielOn Friday evening, at the Stadium, the New Zealanders regained their rugby dominance, admittedly against weak Namibians who conceded eleven tries. The Blacks restored order in the house with a score of 71-3.
The magic is back. And what better place than the Toulouse Stadium for it to fully express itself. Ardie Savea had announced beforehand: « We have a game plan that we want to execute. I want the guys to do their job and express themselves. It’s an opportunity to bounce back. »
Even though it was against a very inexperienced Namibian team, the All Blacks restored order in their house. Or, as we say, they put the church back in the middle of the village. Eleven tries, including four from the halfbacks, and a display of impressive gameplay.
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Unfortunately, the match was also marked by the serious and spectacular injury of Namibian player Malan Le Roux (right leg), who was carried off on a stretcher after fifteen minutes of play.
Even though the Stadium crowd chose to support the underdog by chanting « Namibia, Namibia » multiple times, there was hardly any resistance from the underdog. And the Namibians suffered just as much as they did four years ago, during the previous World Cup, where they conceded a 71-9 defeat. Hopefully, for them, in the next World Cup, they won’t end up in the same group as the New Zealanders…
Quelle justesse technique !
We will see what the French team will do next week in Marseille against the same Namibian team, but the first comparison that comes to mind between the Lille Blues and the Toulouse Blacks concerns their offensive animation and technical accuracy in support of it. We will also add the consistently judicious choices according to the game situations.
And it doesn’t matter that the rain and wind showed up at the party, the Blacks kept the momentum high with a try every 7 minutes!
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Of course, there is teamwork involved, but also individual achievements. Special mention goes to Lienert-Brown’s 50-meter try, which came after two well-placed kicks with his right and left foot.
Regarding the Namibians, they need to recover as quickly as possible in order to deliver a second consecutive match under the sign of resistance. This will be next Thursday evening, September 21, at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, against France. Not forgetting that Namibia’s main objective remains to finally unlock their score in the World Cup after 22 defeats. This will not happen before, at best, September 27 in Lyon during the duel against Uruguay.
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On Thursday, Namibia had the unfortunate luck of facing a New Zealand team that had just lost two consecutive matches…
NOUVELLE-ZÉLANDE 71 – NAMIBIE 3
À TOULOUSE (Stadium) – MT : 38-3 ; 31 996 spectateurs ; arbitre : M. Pearce (ANG).
Vainqueurs : 11E Roigard (2, 7), McKenzie (20, 39), Fainga’anuku (25), Lienert-Brown (36), de Groot (50), Papali’i (55), Havili (59), Clarke (67), Ioane (78) ; 8T (2, 20, 36, 39, 55, 59, 67, 78) McKenzie
Vaincus : 1P (11) Swanepoel
NOUVELLE-ZÉLANDE : B. Barrett (Mo’unga, 61) ; Clarke, Lienert-Brown (Ioane, 69), Havili, Fainga’anuku (o) McKenzie, (m) Roigard (Smith, 67), Savea (cap.) (Vaa’i, 64), Papali’i, Jacobson ; Whitelock, Retallick (S. Barrett 58) ; Laulala (Newell 49), Taukei’aho (Coles 54), Tuungafasi (de Groot, 49)
Exclu. Tempo. transformée en définitive : de Groot (72)
Rempl. Tempo. : Jacobson par Tuungafasi (74-80)
NAMIBIE : Loubser ; Mouton, Deysel (cap.), Malan (Greyling, 18), Rossouw Swanepoel (o), Stevens (m) ; Gaoseb, Hardwick (Booysen, 60 Shifuka, 73), Conradie (Van Lill, 51) ; Uanivi, Retief ; Coetzee, van Jaarsveld (Van der Westhuizen, 51), Benade (Sethie, 51)
La note du match : 12/20 – Les hommes du match : Cam ROIGARD et Damian McKENZIE (Nouvelle-Zélande).