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Fabien Galthié, the coach of the Blues after the victory in Scotland: “Not here to make demonstrations”

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Fabien Galthié, the coach of the Blues after the victory in Scotland: “Not here to make demonstrations”

“What feelings do you have after this success in Scotland?
First of all, it’s a victory in Scotland, with a fantastic scenario and a week that reminds us of the values ​​of this game. The preparation week looked like this match. We are very happy to be together. Rugby is a combat sport where you have to fight and that’s what we did during the preparation week and during this match. It’s an extraordinary time to live through because we win together, we lose together and we suffer together. And our path, in recent times, has brought us back to the essentials of this game. I experience this victory with great joy because we also build ourselves through difficulty.

How did you feel waiting for the referee’s final decision on a potential Scottish try?
The field referee says there is no try. But we are here, in Edinburgh, and there is crazy pressure on him. He asks for video refereeing, even though he was very well placed. Anything can happen, we’re used to that, but he confirmed his decision.

Not everything was perfect in this meeting in your team’s game…
Yes but we win with a four point difference, that suits me. At this level, given the context, given the level of the Scots, it’s good. Me ? I found the content great. It seems to me that we scored two tries. And how many did they put in? One, is that it? We are not here to demonstrate but to win matches. And winning in Scotland suits me. We haven’t won here often.

“It’s one of our team’s greatest victories. »

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However, you suffered on the sidelines and under high balls. Can you hide these deficiencies?
No, it’s true that we had problems in touch, that we made mistakes under aerial balls, but at certain moments, it was us who caused problems for the Scots. In the chaos, our team was able to hold on to these details that we worked on all week and which allowed us to win. I agree with Greg (Alldritt, the captain) when he says that this is one of the best victories for our team. Yes, that’s really what it feels like.

The exit of Grégory Alldritt, in fact, did not seem to destabilize your team…
No. Greg fell, he went out, but Charles (Ollivon) regained control, Julien (Marchand) had already returned, Thomas (Ramos) was there, Gaël (Fickou) too, the reaction was fantastic. I found this moment of transition very successful by the players on the pitch. »

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