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Rugby - Tournoi des VI Nations : le XV de France tombe avec les honneurs en Angleterre, l'Irlande sacrée

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu Gironde samedi 21 mars 2015 à 19:54 Mis à jour le samedi 21 mars 2015 à 21:56

Le XV de France face à la pression anglaise
Le XV de France face à la pression anglaise © Reuters

Les Bleus se sont inclinés (55-35) en Angleterre ce samedi à Twickenham en clôture du Tournoi des VI Nations. Un "Crunch" palpitant où douze essais ont été inscrits dans un match complètement fou et électrique. Vainqueur en Ecosse (40-10), l'Irlande remporte le titre pour la deuxième année consécutive.

Ce "Crunch" a tenu toutes ses promesses. A six mois du Mondial en Angleterre (18 septembre-31 octobre), les Bleus se sont inclinés face à l'Angleterre (55-35)  sur la pelouse de Twickenham devant 82.000 spectateurs lors d'un dernier match sublime du Tournoi des VI Nations.

 

Vaillants mais perdants

Une défaite aux allures de victoire morale tant le XV de France avait rendu de mauvaises copies depuis le début de la compétition. Un match passionnant et haletant où douze essais ont été inscrit s  : 7 pour le XV de la Rose,et 5 pour la France signésTillous-Borde (14e), Nakaitaci (18e),  Mermoz (43 e), Debaty (60e)   et Kayser (66e).

Si les Bleus ont empêché leur rival anglais de remporter cette édition, ils n'ont plus gagné à Twickenham depuis 2007 (en test-match préparatoire à la Coupe du monde) et dans le cadre du Tournoi depuis 2005 (18-17).

L'Irlande sacrée

Au final, la volonté de fer des acteurs a fini par annihiler leurs prétentions respectives dans la compétition. Le XV de la Rose doit se contenter d'une 2e place au classement, pour la quatrième fois de suite, devant les Bleus, 4e comme en 2012 et 2014 et qui courent toujours après un titre depuis le Grand Chelem de 2010. Après sa victoire en Eocsse (40-10), l'Irlande remporte ce Tournoi pour la deuxième année consécutive.

Liste pour le Mondial en vue

Paradoxalement, c'est sans doute le XV de France qui tirera le plus de positif de ce match. Maussade vainqueur de l'Écosse (15-8), triste perdant en Irlande (18-11) puis contre le pays de Galles (20-13), la France s'acheminait vers un Tournoi complètement raté, avant de reprendre quelques couleurs en Italie (29-0), puis d'affirmer son caractère dans la capitale anglaise.

Les joueurs avaient l'occasion de briller une dernière fois aux yeurx du manager Philippe Saint-André avant l'annonce le 19 mai de la liste des 36 joueurs pour le Mondial qui s'ouvrira au même endroit pour les Français mais face à l'Italie le 19 septembre.

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