Almost a month ago, the French XV was eliminated from “its” World Cup by South Africa (28-29), at the end of a very close match which ended up going the wrong way. This Wednesday, Blues coach Fabien Galthié, who spoke for the first time since the failure of October 15, returned to the performance of his players against the Springboks. Assuring not to regret the tactics put in place to counter the South African world champions.
“We made no mistake about the strategy. When you enter the conclusion zone 11 times, it was way beyond our expectations. But on the last gesture, on the facts of the game... It wasn't enough. Of the seven final phase matches, we are the only team to have had so many highlights. Tactically, when you are in a position to score 37 points, you have not made a mistake. Defensively, we conceded 29 points. If I had to do it again, I would take the same strategy. The coach was a debate. We were scheduled to coach earlier. He was delayed at certain positions. It seemed like the right time. But we die at some point. Despite all the facts of the game and this scenario, we had one objective, which was to play for victory until the last action. I want to congratulate the players. Despite the scenario, they remained focused.