Maddison Levi assomme les Bleues

Par Jérémy Fahner
Maddison Levi, qui s'échappe ici devant Lili Dezou durant l'étape de Singapour, a marqué quatre essais aux Bleues (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images).

L’équipe de France féminine avait rendez-vous avec l’Australie, pour boucler la phase de groupe de cette Grande Finale de Madrid.


Les deux équipes, vainqueurs de leurs deux premiers matchs, étaient d’ores et déjà qualifiées pour la suite de la compétition. Restait à savoir qui allait hériter de la première place, et donc une demi-finale potentiellement plus abordable face à un 2e de poule.

Ce sont les Australiennes qui pourront bénéficier de cet avantage. Elles ont dominé cette rencontre qu’elles ont menée au score sans interruption ou presque, Maddison Levi marquant son premier essai dès la 20e seconde de jeu (0-7, 1re).

Le premier d’une série de quatre dans ce match pour la star aussie, une nouvelle fois impressionnante de puissance et de vitesse, et déjà neuf essais au compteur madrilène.

Les Bleues parvenaient à réagir une première fois par Anne-Cécile Ciofani. Elle profitait du travail de Lili Dezou, qui cassait plusieurs plaquages pour prendre la ligne d’avantage (7-7, 3e).

Les Françaises n’ont par la suite plus revu les Australiennes. Levi ajoutait deux essais avant la pause, un coup aile droite (4e), un coup aile gauche(6e) dans son style caractéristique.

Lou Noel maintenait l’espoir à la sirène avec un essai venu conclure un bon travail de Chloé Jacquet au cœur du trafic (14-21 à la pause).


L’insaisissable Maddison Levi ajoutait un 4e essai pour creuser un écart définitif (11e, 14-28), tandis que les Bleues ne parvenaient pas à inscrire le moindre point durant ces sept dernières minutes, malgré de belles séquences de possession à proximité de la ligne « green and gold ».


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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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