Blue notes against Italy: Romane Ménager floats, Marine Ménager dark

Defeated by an overexcited Italian in the second half, the Blue did not gain the desired confidence for this final friendly match. The Ménager sisters had opposite fortunes: Romane was the best player of the pack, while Marine made more mistakes at the back.

1- Annaëlle Deshaye 4/10

Girondine made a forward at the start of the game but were quickly caught by winning a scrum penalty in the next minute. Penalized at the end of the first half in a closed scrum. Such a shame, as the latter was under the posts and would have allowed the Blues to fly away before the break. Replaced by Yllana Brosseau, who brings her power to the current game.

2- Agathe Sochat 3/10

A painful night for the one who honors his first captain, without the third line Gaëlle Hermet. Its main drawback? Throws, most of which are not straight. Also bad for his forward on a transmission from the ground for Drouin that arrived at the foot of the posts. He was replaced by Laure Touyé who brought his aggressiveness to the defense but was not more accurate with his shots.

3- Rose Bernadou 4/10

The Montpellier player quickly – and clearly – dominated his opponent Maris in close combat, and distinguished himself with several devastating charges. But like his team, he gradually eased up in the first half. Replaced by Clara Joyeux at half-time, who also dominated Maris but was quickly punished – badly – on the ground in the 50th. Although fresher, Blagnacaise lacks the expected impact.

4- Celine Ferer 4.5/10

Picked by us as the best player in the first leg, the Toulouse player was smarter this time. However he was sure of his possessions, and showed himself to be disciplined in a team that made countless mistakes. But it did not have a defensive effect in the second half, when the Blues were weaned from the balloons.

Céline Ferer was not in her usual performance against the Transalpines.
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5- Madoussou Fall 6/10

Sometimes serves to touch the first block, he is a good pillar around which the tricolor mauls are formed around him. He was also the author of the first test of the Bleues, but was punished for a late support in the 19th of Bernadou. At the end of the second half, he did his best to get as many balls as possible and give his team back the lead. Vain, but it remains valuable.

6- Manae Feleu 5.5/10

A great first catch from 5th with an acceleration and a pass after contact. Also seen in the touch, in the second zone where it is accurate. Penalized in the 22nd minute for staying in the tackle-tackle zone. Started the second half poorly by not catching the Italian dismissal but did his best to maintain the same level of intensity. Unfortunately he did not bring a greater impact in defense when the Blues suffered in the second half, but we must remember that the Iséroise from Futuna only lived there for his first sitting in blue.

7- Emeline Gross 5/10

A different outing for Montpellier. Like his teammates, he quickly distinguished himself with a beautiful charge and a decisive pass in the try of the game, which Fall scored. He made a knock (13e), then completely suffered the charge of captain Bettoni who scored for the first attack of the Italians to the French 22 meters. Penalized for a long tackle (55e). Replaced by Marjorie Mayans in the 56th, who was penalized for touching (64e) for hooking Sgorbini’s arm but was immediately caught by a tackle leaning on Magatti (who left the field) then a few others who tried to cool the transalpine enthusiasm at the end of the game. In vain, too.

Emeline Gros lined up in the third row wing last Friday night.

Emeline Gros lined up in the third row wing last Friday night.
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8- Roman Manager 6.5/10

For its 50th selection, the Héraultaise rose to the occasion. He could have scored Les Bleues’ first try in the fourth minute, but an Italian missed him. Then was punished for a slight delay in support of his twin sister, a few meters from the line. He signed a beautiful charge in the 25th where he knocked down some Italian players, and scored a try after a start behind his scrum that twisted his counterpart. He was also in defence, as was his authoritarian tackle on Sgorbini in the 51st. Replaced by Audrey Forlani, who tried to bring his energy to the end of the game, as he lifted the ball to gain a few meters when the Blues had to go up the field.

9- Pauline Bourdon: 5/10

The first half was full of silence and efficiency. He got an approximate pass from his number 8. Serious game. Even saw one of his kicks land a punch. He is attacked a second time at the start of the second act, before giving way to Laure Sansus. Toulouse’s scrum half was too small to go unnoticed. He left shortly after he entered the place of Pauline Bourdon, victim of a KO. Sansus was replaced by Jessy Tremoulière (5/10), who brought the length of his kicks and a nice pass after contact. A great touch found led indirectly to the test of Melisande Llorens. With his speed, one of his advances ended in a lost ball and especially this little ball played on the foot in the 78th, while the French tried to return the score. An unhappy choice as he easily gave the ball back to the Italians.

10-Lina Queroy: 4.5/10

For his first sitting, he tried to play around with enthusiasm. We will regret a bad kick to follow on the right wing and another in-goal that did not give anything away. He moved into the scrum in the second half and played well for Llorens’ try. He received a yellow card in our severe definition for an involuntary forward. It is difficult to judge him in this difficult context.

11- Melisande Llorens: 5/10

In the first half, he was able to sharpen three or four attacking balls. In the second period, he was not served in good conditions, but could not do the third tricolor test in the role of the finisher.

12- Caroline Drouin: 7/10

Excellent first half Rennaise substitute centre. He gave momentum to the game with beautiful serves and beautiful jump passes. A success to his credit, unfortunately followed by a breakthrough from Agathe Sochat. In the second half, in a more difficult context, he stayed on course with less ammunition when he returned to the opening. A good step forward and good manners to try Llorens. The balance sheet is hardly damaged due to missed clearance. The best of the three French quarters.

Moved to center for this meeting, Caroline Drouin handled the ball accurately.

Moved to center for this meeting, Caroline Drouin handled the ball accurately.
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13- Marine Home: 2/10

A very disappointing first half. Penalized for an easily avoidable obstruction, he missed an inside pass to Caroline Drouin, proceeded with the kick-off reception, then challenged Sillari’s attempt at an empty pass (by lobbing his brother Romans). His second action was not so good, he was taken by the defense in the attempt of D’Inca., then allowed for a long tackle.

14- Emilie Boulard: 5/10

He started with a forward in a ruck, but got two quality interventions: a sharp arrow and a kind of goose step. Used very little in the second stage. Pretty anonymous game overall, without any notable flaws, though.

Émilie Boulard doesn't have many bullets to put in her mouth.

Émilie Boulard doesn’t have many bullets to put in her mouth.
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15- Chloe Jacquet: 4/10

Replaced in the background, he is the author of a proper first work. A recovery attempt or two, and a good intervention on the left wing. He changed positions twice in the second half, moving to center and then to scrum. He was never decisive in, with his speed, a direct touch and a ball seized by an opponent in a duel. An early breakthrough in position 9 in reporting that could not save his performance. He did not make the expected differences.

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