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Japan-France (23-42): Sheepish in legs, Jalibert inspired ... These Blues who seduced in this first test match


The tricolors largely dominated the Japanese on Saturday (42-23), and some of them particularly stood out.

Mission accomplished, and largely.

The Blues dominated (42-23) Japan on Saturday in Aichi in the first of two test matches of this summer tour in the Japanese archipelago.

The French scored five tries, four of them in a largely dominated second half, and several of them managed to put themselves forward.

A quick tour of these seductive tricolors.

Damian Penaud.

He is undoubtedly the most indisputable holder of the "classic" XV of France to have made the trip to Japan.

And Damian Penaud wanted to demonstrate it.

Very leggy and available, the winger scored an entry try (3rd) before going for his double just before the hour mark (58th).

The Clermontois, who now has a selection more (33) than his father Alain, traveled 56 meters with the ball in hand on the lawn of Aichi, the largest total of a tricolor.

Yoram Moefana.

At 21, the three-quarter center of Bordeaux-Bègles has everything to register permanently within this XV of France.

A try after a clever kick over (61st), three minutes after a powerful advance to bring the third tricolor try.

Yoram Moefana was no slouch on defense either, finishing with nine tackles, the highest tally for a back on the pitch.

Matthew Jalibert.

His last appearance was at the end of the match in the historic victory (40-25) against the All Blacks in November.

Recovered from his injuries which made him miss the entire Six Nations Tournament, Matthieu Jalibert did Jalibert.

Rather discreet in the first period even if he shifts Penaud for the first try, the Girondin opener let go in the second act by offering the second try to Lebel (45th) then launching his club partner Moefana (61st).

A successful performance.

Thibaud Flamant.

He also scored points.

Appearing for the first time with the Blues this fall and replacing during the Tournament, the second line of the Toulouse Stadium was associated with two neophytes in blue, Thomas Jolmes then Thomas Lavault on Saturday.

This did not prevent him from being very active in the less visible tasks despite 80 minutes spent in the intense humidity of Toyota Stadium.

Zero fault conceded, second biggest tricolor tackler, a solid match from Thibaud Flament.

Yoan Tanga.

He conscientiously cut out everything he presented in front of him.

For his first selection, Yoan Tanga finished with 19 tackles and tried to show the staff all his mobility, covering 39 meters with the ball during his big hour of play. The ex-Racing 92 player who will join La Rochelle this summer nevertheless committed two faults before giving way to Selevasio Tolofua.

“Yoan Tanga was like the game against England with the Barbarians.

He had a big game, a big game, ”insisted his coach Fabien Galthié.

See you again in a week.

Source: leparis

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