“One of the greatest victories of our team” or even “the content was perfect”: Fabien Galthié's latest outings after the sluggish success gleaned in Scotland continue to be the talk of the town. Questioned by RMC, Pierre Berbizier, the former coach of the Blues who finished third in the 1995 World Cup, confides his exasperation at the comments made by the current boss of the French XV. “Somehow yes, it bothers me. Out of respect for this Scottish team, this ironic tone bothers me a little. I have the impression that he was making fun of the journalists present, but by making fun of the journalists, he is making fun of us, the public. It was not the time for humor, if it was meant to be humor, given the scenario of the match, given the match against Ireland which followed the South Africa match.
The former Racing 92 manager continued: “I expected more of a low profile from him. On the other hand, I liked the dignity of the Scots, whether on the pitch or Greg Townsend in his statements. And I think we should take example when we see the end of the match. We should have shown a little humility. They may have lost, but they taught us a lesson.”
Pierre Berbizier goes further. According to him, “from what the players showed on Saturday, we feel a broken spring. We see a lot of confusion about the performances on the field, between a game of dispossession and a game where we make the movement. We are in between, we can't really place it. After the cruel disillusionment of the World Cup against South Africa and the terrible humiliation against the Irish, we sense a lot of questions in the players' heads.