Jacques Brunel, the coach of the XV of France who has just matched the series that cost the head of his predecessor Guy Novès (five consecutive defeats) knows, like him, the same tendency to be beaten on the wire, illustrated by the setback against South Africa on Saturday. Back on three revealing matches.
February 3, 2018, France – Ireland (13-15). For his first game at the controls of the Blues, Brunel believes hold his victory while his team leads (13-12) with an easy penalty to try three minutes from the end. Missed by Anthony Belleau. The Irish capture the dismissal and after an action of more than five minutes, outweigh a 45m Sexton drop.
February 11, 2018, Scotland – France (32-26). The Blues suffered another disillusionment a week later at Murrayfield. More applied in the first half, leading at the break (20-14), and still ahead of the score at the hour of play (26-20), they collapse by committing faults. In the evening, some of them will go to party in Edinburgh and will let go to overflows.
March 17, 2018, Wales – France (14-13). It was undoubtedly, until Saturday, the biggest frustration of Jacques Brunel's players. Better than the Welsh, dominant in the second half, the Blues can not clear their point late in the last half hour. Their opener François Trinh-Duc misses a penalty in his ropes in the last minutes.