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Rugby: the XV of France wins in Japan, ninth victory in a row for the Blues

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The XV of France chained a ninth victory in a row by beating Japan (42-23) in the first match of the summer tour of the Blues, Saturday July 2.

Slow in the first half, Fabien Galthié’s men made the difference in the second half. Beaten for the last time in July 2021 by Australia (33-30), the Blues won thanks to five tries from Damian Penaud (3e58e), Matthis Lebel (45e), Yoram Moefana (61e) and Pierre Bourgarit (68e).

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This is the fourth victory for the French against the Japanese team in five games, their first since the pitiful draw of 2017 (23-23), which cost Guy Novès his place. With this wide success, the third biggest gap between the two teams, they can hope to end a tour on a positive note.

“It was a very playful team, which plays good rugby. We managed to respond present: as we went along, we got the upper hand over our opponent »summarized Galthié after the meeting, nevertheless confident that these Blues could still “improve in all areas”.

Pierre Bourgarit (right) celebrates after scoring a try during the test match between Japan and France, in Toyota City, Japan on July 2, 2022.

New record

After Argentina (29-20), Georgia (41-15), New Zealand (40-25), Italy (37-10), Ireland (30-24), Scotland ( 36-17), Wales (13-9) and England (25-13), the French also extend their winning streak.

They thus set a new record for consecutive successes of a XV of France in the modern era, outclassing the generation led by Serge Blanco, Philippe Sella, Denis Charvet, Didier Camberabero, or even Pierre Berbizier, who had chained ten games without defeat. (including 1 draw) between November 1986 and June 1987. The Blues of 2022 are also approaching a series of ten victories in a row, including eight against Germany, established in 1931 and 1937.

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They remain however at a distance from the New Zealand leaders (18 victories between August 2015 and October 2016), English (18 victories between October 2015 and March 2017), South African (17 victories between August 1997 and November 1998) or Welsh (14 victories between March 2018 and March 2019).

The World with AFP