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Fabien Galthié on Yoram Moefana’s move to the wing: “There will be an issue of physical domination”

Moefana’s choice on the wing

“Yoram had a very good match against Ireland (30-24 victory). A very good comeback also against Italy the time before (37-10 victory) and he had also performed well in the other matches played with us, in particular against England in the final of the Autumn Cup of nations (defeat 22-19 AD). He is also very good with his club UBB and performs very well in every training session with us, whether as a center or a winger. Our desire was to keep something homogeneous in midfield with Gaël Fickou, who leads our line defense, and Jonathan Danty, who is starting to have his bearings. We asked ourselves the question of aligning Matthis Lebel, of course, who always does very good training with us, and who is a professional winger. But we made this decision to play with these profiles of beefy players because opposite there will be a team of Scotland which will field three-quarters very, very solid, very physical, with a very direct game articulated around (Finn) Russell. There will be an issue of physical domination. And the ability to respond blow for blow to three-quarters that are both very fast and very powerful, like their two wingers who are walking on water at the moment, will be essential. »

“The Murrayfield stadium is always extraordinary. We know that 20,000 French people will be traveling, it’s not by chance”

The Murrayfield context

“Two years ago, we suffered our biggest defeat there since we took on this mission (28-17). Eleven points difference, a yellow card, a red card, a non-match, that’s it. We had been knocked down by those Scots, we hadn’t been able or knew how to find the keys. But it had been an apprenticeship for us, the staff, and for the team. Since then, we have played the Scots twice. And the last time corresponds to our first defeat at home since the beginning of our mandate (23-27). It is therefore a team that poses problems for us and we are aware of the level that we will have to be able to put in all the sectors of the game to compete in a sublime context. The Murrayfield stadium is always extraordinary. We know that 20,000 French people will be traveling, it’s not by chance. We lived the experience once already, we learned a lot. And to learn is to progress. We have prepared accordingly this week. Both physically, strategically, tactically and psychologically. We are looking for the optimal preparation and we are not far from it. »

The pitfall of the aerial game

“If you take the example of our match against Ireland a fortnight ago, it is indeed a sector which has posed problems for us despite our preparation and our strategy for the management of this area. Before the game against Ireland, we were asked a question about our discipline. The Irish were very disciplined and we very undisciplined. I answered no, that we had just been whistled more than Ireland. The following weekend, things changed, with a ratio almost reversed. Each match is played with few things, especially in the air or on the ground. Why shouldn’t we be the kings of the aerial game on Saturday? This is our goal. But it’s first on the ground, then in the air, then again on the ground. In this sport, the aerial game is first won on the ground and ends again on the ground. You have to be able to string together a certain number of collective tasks. In any case, we are working on this game sector, which is essential. »

Tadhg Beirne takes the ball under the eyes of Gaël Fickou (P. Lahalle / L’Équipe)

“A ‘6-2’ is a formula that allows us to drop a pack of almost brand new forwards around the 50th mark to bring extra soul and energy. This is our strategy”

Choosing a six-forward bench

“It’s the quality of the players that comes first. The best of the moment must be on the field. Those who know how to release the most certainties in a very strong emulation. A ”6-2” is a formula that allows us to drop a bunch of almost brand new forwards around the 50th to bring extra soul, energy. This is our strategy. And in the event of a problem, we have Gaël Fickou who can slip on the wing, Romain Ntamack who can slip in the middle, Thomas Ramos who can enter in 10 or 15. And then if there was another problem, we also worked with François Cros in first center. »

The air holes at the start of the second half

” We are working on it. Are these air holes? Weak times? In a game, you can’t tick all the boxes. There are times when you have to deal with weak times. Against Ireland, we still had a team that had just won 9 matches in a row, which was then 3rd in the world rankings, at some point it had to put us in difficulty. We always try to understand failures. Even if they are punctual in a match, they always allow progress. We have seen that we could be more effective in terms of lucidity in certain areas of the game, especially in the game between 22 and 22 or in controlling rucks after the tackle. How not to over-consume to keep more space, to be very dense, to maintain our defensive rhythm, etc. It is also necessary that the players who return connect well with the players who are already on the field and who perhaps have a little less speed. We worked a lot on that, to avoid having weak times that were too weak. »


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