France, with a couple of difficulties in the final stitches, beat Georgia 41-15 in the run-up to what will be the duel against the All Blacks. Although it was difficult at first to draw differences on the scoreboard, the French team was clear dominating from the first minute against a rival who was loaded with infractions.
France sought from the start to stand in the rival field and, during the first minutes, it effectively succeeded. The only negative of the control of the Gauls is how much it cost Georgia initially to score points, who did not lose intensity in his defense, although he was loaded with fouls, and held on waiting for his opportunity to attack. The opening of the scoreboard came from Jaminet, who on his second attempt converted his penalty. The French siege continued, and even generated the yellow of Tedo Abzhandadze in Georgia, but never with points. To make matters worse, in their first attack adventure, the visitors left with three points with the penalty converted by David Niniashvili.
After the first 20 minutes, although the final stitch was still difficult and a little product of the indiscipline of Georgia, France began to find ways to escape on the scoreboard. First with a penalty try, which left the visitor momentarily with 13 for the yellow to Beka saginadze, and then with the conquest of Jalibert, which took advantage of the spaces generated by a defense that got tired of defending. Already about the end of the first part, Penaud he supported after a quick line and put the 24-3 with which the meeting went to rest.
For the second half, Georgia came out with another initiative and quickly created danger near the French ingoal. With this new attitude, and a slightly less intense stance that France took from the slack in the result, the visiting team achieved their first conquest. After several phases, in which there were many penalties by the locals, came the try of Vasil Lobzhanidze. The scrum half, meters from the ingoal, broke through the defense line with a feint and dived for support. His rival’s try did not make the French nervous, who with an effective line play and maul, with Mauvaka as the protagonist, he returned to the advantage of 21 points.
With the advantage of three tries, France returned to play on a kind of automatic pilot, giving up a lot of ground to Georgia. After a couple of minutes where the match entered a plateau, a new conquest of the visitors arrived. Akaki Tabutsadze He received a quick start from a scrum in 5 meters and with a free corridor he shot his head to support the French ingoal. That try, either by the form or by the result, woke up France, which resumed the position of dominator of the match and settled on Georgian soil, where it achieved two more conquests, the second conquest of Penaud and another try of maul of Mauvaka, to close the 41-15 final over Georgia.
FRANCE: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Romain Ntamack, 11. Matthis Lebert, 10. Matthieu Jalibert, 9. Antoine Dupont (c), 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Cameron Woki, 5. Romain Taofifenua, 6. Anthony Jelonch, 7. Sekou Macalou, 8. Grégory Alldritt.
Substitutes: 16. Peato Mauvaka, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Thibaud Flament 20. Paul Willemse, 21. François Cros, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Jonathan Danty.
GEORGIA: 15. David Niniashvili, 14. Akaki Tabutsadze, 13. Giorgi Kveseladze, 12. Merab Sharikadze, 11. Alexandre Todua, 10. Tedo Abzhandadze, 9. Vasil Lobzhanidze; 1. Beka Gigashvili, 2. Shalva Mamukashvili, 3. Giorgi Melikidze, 4. Grigor Kerdikoshvili, 5. Kote Mikautadze, 6. Beka Saginadze, 7. Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 8. Beka Gorgadze
Substitutes: 16. Giorgi Chkoidze, 17. Guram Gogichashvili, 18. Luka Japaridze, 19. Nodar Cheishvili, 20. Tornike Jalagonia, 21. Mikheil Alania, 22. Lasha Khmaladze, 23. Demur Tapladze
FIRST TIME POINTS: 10´ Penalty by Melvyn Jaminet (F), 22´ Penalty by David Niniashvili (G), 25´ Penalty Try for France, 31´ Try by Matthieu Jalibert and conversion by Melvyn Jaminet (F), 36´ Try by Damian Penaud and conversion by Melvyn Jaminet (F).
PARTIAL RESULT: France 24-3 Georgia
SECOND TIME POINTS: 47´ Try by Vasil Lobzhanidze and conversion by Tedo Abzhandadze (G), 52´ Try by Peato Mauvaka and conversion by Melvyn Jaminet (F), 63´ Try by Akaki Tabutsadze (G), 72´ Try by Damian Penaud (F), 79´ Try by Peato Mauvaka (F).
FINAL SCORE: France 41-15 Georgia