Damian Penaud, a member of DÉCINES-CHARPIEU, France, came dangerously close to matching Serge Blanco’s France try record as Les Bleus defeated an unfavorable Italy on Friday to win the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.
Penaud, 26, came close to matching France’s legendary record of 38 tries for his nation by scoring two goals and scoring a third with nimble chip.
With a perfect record of four victories from four, victory ensured that France won Pool A. In the final eight games, they will face off against Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.
After the Irish face off against the Scots on Saturday at the Stade de France in Paris, they will be familiar with their rivals.
Maxime Lucu, who expertly covered the absence of Antoine Dupont at scrumhalf, declared,” The contract has been fulfilled.”
” We won today because we knew we would lose if we lost. We’re pleased because we accomplished it in style.
” We wanted to organize everything.” We started out by demonstrating discipline and realism.
There was a class gap between two sides that had only been separated by five points in the Six Nations in February, even though this wasn’t quite the unstoppable try-fest New Zealand inflicted on Italy in its 96 – 17 hammering last week.
No, it was a 23-player game today, and I’m happy for everyone. Gregory Alldritt, age 8.
It was a difficult game, but we’re going to enjoy it this weekend. The quarter-final will now be prepared for.
Because of Penaud’s brilliance, it was almost impossible to notice that Dupont, the captain and talisman of France, had suffered a fractured cheekbone and had taken up most of the news prior to the game.
In this eight-try romp, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Thomas Ramos, Matthieu Jalibert, Peato Mauvaka, and Yoram Moefana all scored with two points.
Les Bleus completed the phases, and France launched his 34th France attempt in less than two minutes after sending the predatory Penaud over.
As France’s second-highest try scorer, that put him on par with Vincent Clerc.
After that, Penaud became a provider.
He quickly adjusted his aim, sent a chip for the wing to gather, and then jink inside and out to beat three defenders and score after fluffing the Grubber kick for Bielle-Biarrey to run onto.
Ramos was next to scurry over in the corner as France was crushing Italy up front and reaping the benefits of the space created.
Italy attempted to make a fist, but Tommaso Allan spilled the ball just meters from the tryline after breaking their backs severely.
Simone Ferrari, an Italian prop, believed he had scored, but France’s tryline went unbroached because of an earlier high clear-out at a ruck.
The Azzurri had been under pressure for a while, but in an instant, they had given up once more when Jalibert threw the ball into Penaud’s gaping hole. – gathered to cross the whitewash
Ramos led France 31 – 0 into the sheds after converting all four tries and a penalty.
Fly-half Jalibert remarked,” We started the game perfectly.”
After what occurred last week, we were aware of their mental fragility. We were able to do this because we were aware that we needed to get going strong and that scoring early would make things easier.
” The fact that we persevered for 80 minutes with increased intensity is very satisfying.
After the break, Jalibert sold Juan Ignacio Brex a dummy before turning the ball inside out and scoring.
As Mauvaka broke off against a nonexistent defense to power over, France’s forwards finally received their reward.
Both France’s defense and their attack, which repeatedly hit Italy back, were impressive.
They were famished at the opposite end, with Moefana, the replacement center, standing next to them.
With a try from Manuel Zuliani, converted by Allan, Italy at least put an end to their World Cup campaign.
However, Moefana had the final say as Italy won Pool A in third place, trailing New Zealand, which made it to the knockout stages as well.