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VIDÉO - Tournoi des VI Nations : le XV de France a eu chaud en Ecosse

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu samedi 8 mars 2014 à 6:00 Mis à jour le samedi 8 mars 2014 à 20:35

Yoann Huget, l'ailier du XV de France
Yoann Huget, l'ailier du XV de France © Maxppp

Après la gifle reçue à Cardiff, le XV de France s'est imposé sur le fil en Ecosse (19-17) samedi lors de l'avant-dernière journée du Tournoi. Avec trois victoires au compteur, les Bleus peuvent encore croire au titre, à condition, d'abord, de battre l'Irlande samedi prochain au Stade de France.

Jusqu'au bout du suspense ! Attendu par une équipe d'Ecosse survoltée à Murrayfield, le XV de France s'est imposé in extremis grâce à une pénalité de Jean-Marc Doussain à deux minutes de la sirène. Une victoire sans gloire mais qui permet aux Bleus de glaner leur troisième succès dans la compétition et de relever la tête après la déroute subie face au Pays de Galles le 21 février dernier (27-6). 

Les Bleus gagnent enfin à l'extérieur

Avec un XV de départ largement remanié (sept changements), les Bleus - manquant d'automatisme - se sont fait punir en première période par deux essais de Stuart Hogg (13e) et Tommy Seymour (22e). Malgré les points  inscrit sur pénalité par Maxime Machenaud , les Bleus étaient menés à la mi-temps (14-9).Au retour des vestiaires, les hommes de Philippe Saint-André sont revenus avec de meilleures intentions à l 'image de cette superbe interception de Yoann Huget qui a inscrit le seul essai tricolore après une superbe course de 80 mètres (46e) !

Mais d'une pénalité (62e), David Weir a redonné un point d'avance aux Ecossais qu'ils n'ont pas conserver. Sur une ultime poussée tricolore, ils ont offert  une pénalité quasiment en face des perches. Jean-Marc Doussain n'a pas tremblé (79e) pour permettre aux Bleus de décrocher leur première victoire à l'extérieur depuis juin 2012, avec en ligne de mire l'espoir d'une victoire finale dans le Tournoi avec déjà trois victoires au compteur.

"Finale" contre l'Irlande

Pour son dernier match, le XV de France accueillera samedi prochain l'Irlande, en tête du Tournoi après sa victoire face à l'Italie (46-7) un peu plus tôt et avec un point-average largement positif.  Les Bleus voudront donc empêcher le XV du Trèfle de s'offrir le Tournoi 2014 sur la pelouse du Stade de France et pourquoi pas rafler le titre en cas de faux pas de l'Angleterre ou du Pays de Galles qui s'affrontent ce dimanche.

 

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