While Les Bleues fell in the quarter-finals of the World Rugby Sevens Tour stage held in Hong Kong against Great Britain, Les Bleus finished the group stage undefeated and will face Spain for a place in the last square.
Les Bleues will not see the quarter-finals in Hong Kong. Falling from Japan and then Spain at the start of the tournament, the Habs challenged the United States to conclude the group stage at the start of the day this Saturday. Two tries by Séraphine Okemba in the first four minutes of the match set the tone but missed conversions left the door open. The Americans, meanwhile, did not lower their heads. Shortly before the break, Alev Keiter closed the gap. Less than three minutes from the siren, Cheta Emba then allowed the United States to take control on the scoreboard. However, Ian Jason was able to make the difference to allow Les Bleues to finish undefeated (12-15) and join Great Britain in the quarter-finals. A meeting that will remain heartbreaking for the players of David Courteix. While the two formations were neutralized during the entire meeting, the tricolor defense cracked on the final action. Rhona Lloyd, perfectly shifted on the left wing, went on trial to offer the British selection a ticket to the semi-finals (0-5). This Sunday, the Tricolores will be able to aim for fifth place with a first classification match against Ireland
Three out of three for the Blues
The French men’s team, meanwhile, will approach the quarter-finals with full confidence. Indeed, after their inaugural success against the host of the tournament this Friday at the opening, Jérôme Daret’s players continued the course with two narrow victories. Against Uruguay, the Blues have long been in difficulty. While Jordan Sepho replied to the try scored in the 4th minute by Mateo Vinals to reach half-time on a parity score, the South Americans took the lead in the middle of the second period. Felipe Arcos Perez allowed the Uruguayan selection to take a seven-point lead. Jefferson Lee Joseph, who came on for the end of the game, was decisive. After closing the gap, he went to flatten the winning try on the last action (17-14). Established against Great Britain, the 20-year-old was able to revive the Blues after the early trial of Ethan Waddleton. From the start of the second period, William Iraguha then Paul Leraître gave a small mattress to the Blues. Femi Sofolarin’s late try only closed the gap. After this success (17-14), the France team will face Spain this Sunday in the quarter-finals.