[VIDEO] France – Nouvelle-Zélande : les essais de Penaud et Jaminet, la blessure de Marchand… Les moments forts du match d’ouverture de la Coupe du monde

l’essentielThe French national rugby team emerged victorious (27-13) against New Zealand and had a successful start to the 2023 Rugby World Cup. It was an ideal beginning to the competition. Let’s review the match.

Le film du match

Mark Telea scored the opening try of the game with a kick from Richie Mo’unga (0-5). Both teams then responded with points, with Mo’unga on one side and Thomas Ramos on the other. Thanks to Ramos’ near-perfect kicking (3/4), the Toulouse fullback allowed the Blues to lead at halftime (9-8). The first half was generally dominated by the All Blacks.

Like in the first half, it is the players from the southern hemisphere who start strong with a controversial new try from Telea. Just before the hour mark, Damian Penaud scores the first try for the French winger to give the Blues the advantage (16-13). Thomas Ramos adds two more penalties, during Will Jordan’s temporary exclusion, and puts the Tricolores in a good position. Finally, it is Melvyn Jaminet, who entered a few seconds earlier, who scores the liberating try for the Blues (27-13).

Julien Marchand blessé 

This is the only negative note of this encounter. The Toulouse hooker was substituted due to injury in the 12th minute, after twisting his knee in a previous ruck. He was replaced by Peato Mauvaka, who made an immediate impact upon entering the game. Julien Marchand left the field grimacing.

Penaud a renversé le match

Damian Penaud, agile on his wing, scored the first try for the French team in this World Cup. After a disallowed try, by just a few centimeters, the Bordeaux newcomer managed to break through the New Zealand defense at the 56th minute. Penaud could have even scored a second try as he was in a duel with Melvyn Jaminet on the final French try.

Jaminet met le point final

Melvyn Jaminet n’aura passé que quelques secondes sur le terrain mais son entrée aura été remarquée. L’arrière toulousain, entré à la 76e à la place de Thomas Ramos, a bien suivi le coup de pied par-dessus de Maxime Lucu avant de rouler dans l’en-but. 

Les enseignements du match

En s’imposant (27-13) face aux All Blacks, les Bleus ont réussi une entrée en matière parfaite en réalisant une excellente deuxième période. Les hommes de Fabien Galthié prennent une grosse option sur la première place du Groupe A où Français et Néo-Zélandais, partaient grand favoris. Prochain rendez-vous pour la France face à l’Uruguay, le jeudi 14 septembre à 21h. 

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