Damian Penaud scores a try during the rugby test match between Japan and France, in Toyota City, Japan, on July 2, 2022. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP The XV of France has chained a ninth victory in a row by beating Japan (42-23) in the first match of the Blues summer tour, Saturday July 2, in Nagoya. Slow in the first period (13-13 at halftime), Fabien Galthié’s men made the difference in the second act. Beaten for the last time in July 2021 by Australia (33-30), the Blues won thanks to five tries from Damian Penaud (3rd, 58th), Matthis Lebel (45th), Yoram Moefana (61st) and Pierre Bourgarit (68th). Read also Article reserved for our subscribers How the XV of France of Fabien Galthié found the heights This is the fourth victory for the French against the Japanese team in five games, their first success since the pitiful draw of 2017 (23 -23), which had cost Guy Novès his place. With this great success, the third biggest gap between the two teams, they can, next week against the same opponents, end a tour on a positive note. “It was a very playful team, which plays good rugby. We managed to respond present: as we got the better of our opponent, ”summarized Galthié after the meeting, confident nevertheless that these Blues could still “improve in all sectors”. Pierre Bourgarit (right) celebrates after scoring a try during the test match between Japan and France, in Toyota City, Japan, July 2, 2022. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP New record After Argentina (29-20 ), Georgia (41-15), New Zealand (40-25), Italy (37-10), Ireland (30-24), Scotland (36-17), the country of Wales (13-9) and England (25-13), the French also extend their winning streak. They thus set a new record for consecutive successes of a XV of France in the modern era, outclassing the generation led by Serge Blanco, Philippe Sella, Denis Charvet, Didier Camberabero, or even Pierre Berbizier, who had chained ten games without defeat. (including 1 draw) between November 1986 and June 1987. The Blues of 2022 are also approaching a series of ten victories in a row, including eight against Germany, established in 1931 and 1937. Read also: Winner of the English, the XV of France wins the Six Nations Tournament and wins the Grand Slam. Africans (17 victories between August 1997 and November 1998) or Welsh (14 victories between March 2018 and March 2019). The World with AFP
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