A struggling French rugby team on Thursday evening nearly packed a bunch of Superbru enthusiasts into the fowls.
France finally beat Uruguay in its second match of the Rugby World Cup tournament in Lille with 27 – 12, but there were some anxious moments for the home team.
The South Americans dished up fearless play and they simply refused to throw in the towel.
Thanks to Nicolas Freitas and Baltazar Amaya’s tries, the score was at one stage only 13 – 12 in France’s favor and the home team’s fans were chewing their croissants worriedly.
France’s Peato Mauvaka’s try could at least let the Roosters show off a little again, after which the 20-year-old Louis Bielle-Biarrey put the game out of Uruguay’s reach.
Much to the relief of the 49,000 French fans in the stadium.
“The team was on their nerves and they tried hopelessly too hard to win. Uruguay certainly caused a few tense moments, but at least we were still able to walk off the field as winners,” said coach Fabian Galthie.
The French also conceded far too many penalties – 16 to the South Americans’ 11 – and they will undoubtedly need to work on their discipline.
“It is unacceptable at international level to concede so many penalties. We’re actually happy to win and it’s sad; we wanted to entertain our fans with our game,” said lock Cameron Woki.
France play Namibia on Thursday.
- This weekend’s terms:
21:00 All Blacks against Namibia
15:00: Samoa v Chile
5.45pm: Wales v Portugal
9pm: Ireland v Tonga
15:00: South Africa v Romania
17:45: Australia v Fiji
9pm: England v Japan.