L'Irlande remporte le choc des Titans

Par Kim Ekin
Garry Ringrose of Ireland celebrates with team mate Caelan Doris after they win a penalty during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between South Africa and Ireland at Stade de France on September 23, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Aussi étrange que cela puisse paraître, les deux premières équipes au monde ne s’étaient encore jamais rencontrées dans le cadre de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby. Ce choc de Titans était d’autant plus attendu que ces deux équipes figurent parmi les favoris au titre.

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C’est finalement les Irlandais de la légende Jonny Sexton qui est sortie vainqueur de ce (premier ?) duel au terme d’une rencontre âprement disputée.

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Une pénalité de Manie Libbok a permis à l’Afrique du Sud de prendre l’avantage alors que la touche irlandaise était défaillante, perdant quatre de ses propres lancers, mais la percée sensationnelle de Bundee Aki a redonné vie à l’équipe.

Après avoir campé dans les 22 des Springboks, la pression s’est fait sentir et James Lowe a libéré Mack Hansen qui a plongé, la transformation de Johnny Sexton donnant aux Irlandais une avance de 7-3 à la pause.

L’Afrique du Sud a réagi à la reprise lorsque Libbok a fait une longue passe à Cheslin Kolbe pour un essai, mais la pénalité de Sexton a permis à l’Irlande de reprendre l’avantage. Libbok et Faf de Klerk ont tous deux manqué de nouvelles occasions de marquer avant que la pénalité de Jack Crowley en fin de match ne vienne sceller une victoire capitale.

L’Afrique du Sud disputera son dernier match dans la Poule B le contre les Tonga le 1er octobre à Marseille tandis que l’Irlande a rendez-vous avec l’Écosse au Stade de France le samedi 7 octobre.

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'Let them keep talking' - Mike Catt claps back over Bok remarks

“You want that – not hatred – but whatever it is that stirs it all up. It’s good.” Agree with this. If you can put a common motivating idea in all your players heads during a game it can produce a real Team perfromance. Erasmus is pretty expert at this. It is quite clear that the comments by Etzebeth, Allende and others were not coincidence and were actioned to create animoisty before the series in order to galvanise the South African mind set. While I understand it, I don’t like it. They result in unnessary vitriol between supporters and for what? I don’t think any of the SA players seriously believe any of these claims and with Ireland ignoring them Erasmus won’t get the escalation he seeks. The vitriol shown by some SA and indeed NZ supporters is extremely weird for NH supporters (OK, maybe England have felt it) but it just feels very odd over a sport. Ireland were more or less sh1t for the first 100 years of their rugby, they have improved significantly in the last 25 to be in a position around now (it may not last) to go into a match with the big guns with a real shot of winning. The reaction to this from some SH supporters has been bizarre with conspiracy theories of ‘Arrogance’ fueling abuse from supporters and even NZ players to Irish crowds during the world cup. I love International rugby and the comraderie between supporters. I genuinely dread and dislike the atmosphere around games with the southern giants. They take this very personally. NH teams: play them, try and beat them, enjoy the craic with their players and supporters and wish them well. SH teams wish them well and they call you arrogant in the press months later. Its just a matter of try and beat them and then good riddance til the next time.

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