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VIDÉO - Tournoi des VI Nations : le XV de France prend le bouillon au pays de Galles

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu vendredi 21 février 2014 à 6:29 Mis à jour le vendredi 21 février 2014 à 22:52

Jules Plisson, l'ouvreur du XV de France
Jules Plisson, l'ouvreur du XV de France © Maxppp

Le XV de France s'est lourdement incliné vendredi au pays de Galles (27-6) lors de la troisième journée du Tournoi des VI Nations. Les Bleus peuvent faire une croix sur le Grand Chelem mais ils restent en lice pour remporter la compétition.

Après ses deux victoires initiales contre l'Angleterre (26-24) et l'Italie (30-10) qui avaient suscité bien des espoirs, le XV de France s'est noyé au Millennium Stadium de Cardiff et a hypothéqué une partie de ses chances de couronnement final dans la compétition.Quant au rêve de Grand Chelem, inédit depuis 2010 pour les Bleus, il est tout bonnement tué dans l'oeuf. Les Gallois, doubles tenants du titre mais battus en Irlande il y a deux semaines, se relancent, dans la course pour un troisième trophée de suite, ce qui serait un record.

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La marche était trop haute pour cette équipe en maturation, qui n'a toujours pas gagné à l'extérieur depuis la tournée en Argentine en juin 2012. C'était pourtant l'occasion de grandir d'un coup par un succès référence dans l'antre proclamé du rugby, notamment dans la perspective du Mondial 2015.Face à des Gallois survoltés, les Bleus n'ont presque jamais réussi à mettre leur jeu en place, en particulier lorsque le demi de mêlée Jean-Marc Doussain a orchestré le jeu français, avant d'être sorti pour le deuxième acte, remplacé par Maxime Machenaud.Pire : les éclairs de réalisme offensifs aperçus face à l'Angleterre et l'Italie ont paru bien loin au regard du volume important de déchet dans le jeu courant. Jamais les Bleus ne trouvèrent la faille dans une défense galloise hyper agressive et solidement organisée. Au final, ils n'eurent donc à se mettre sous la dent que deux maigres pénalités.

 

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