In assault the boys in blue lacked consistency. At instances they had been scintillating however all too usually sloppiness crept in to their recreation with line breaks promptly adopted by dropped balls or ahead passes.
One of many few French gamers to emerge with credit score after the match was flyhalf Camille Lopez whose boot contributed six factors from the tee and performed a telling position in organising three of the 5 tries scored.
On 5 minutes Lopez exploited the house behind USA’s dashing defence and dinked the ball in the direction of the left wing the place Yoann Huget collected for the opening strive.
Lopez’s subsequent cross-kick was a factor of magnificence. After receiving a flat ball from the bottom of a ruck, he modified path, went in opposition to the grain of assault and arrowed an inch excellent ball to Alivereti Raka. The Fijian-born winger gathered and completed his process to attain his first French strive in his second recreation.
At 12-Zero all indicators pointed to a deluge because the USA’s technique proved straightforward pickings for Lopez.
That enthusiasm with out the ball paid dividends when the USA had possession as they ran onerous, straight traces, sucking French defenders in to the tight channels.
A scarcity of persistence from France noticed a number of palms twitch into the darkish areas of rucks from unlawful positions. A much less lenient referee than Ben O’Keeffe may need reached for a card on two events when the ball was slowed down by nefarious means simply meters in need of the French line.
As a substitute of a yellow card, the USA made do with penalties and AJ MacGinty nudged over the three-pointers to scale back the margin to only six factors by half time.
Robust viewing for French followers
When the gamers emerged from the tunnel the sport descended right into a troublesome look ahead to French followers who will know sterner checks await because the match progresses.
Not that the USA had been involved by all that and on 64 minutes MacGinty added three extra factors to get inside touching distance of France.
That appeared to spur the three-time World Cup finalists into motion. For the primary time within the match, France strung a number of phases collectively. The ball was labored in the direction of the rangy heart Gael Fickou who stepped off his proper foot from shut vary to crash over on 66 minutes.
The bonus-point — for scoring 4 tries — was secured three minutes later when one other cross-field kick from Lopez reached Raka on the suitable. The bullish winger did nicely to regain his ft from the preliminary deal with and stored the ball alive earlier than substitute scrum-half Baptiste Serin put the sport to mattress with a easy run in the direction of the posts.
The USA labored tirelessly all through the match however missed 32 of their 180 power sapping tackles which finally proved the distinction between the groups. Even a below-par French crew wouldn’t let these numbers go unpunished.
On the stroke of full time Jefferson Poirot discovered himself on the tip of a rolling maul and dotted down so as to add some gloss to the scorecard that doesn’t precisely replicate his crew’s efficiency.
France tackle Tonga subsequent earlier than the essential conflict in opposition to England on 12 October. Something resembling this erratic displaying in opposition to USA and there may be little doubt Eddie Jones’ males will canter to victory.
As for the USA, there are sufficient positives for coach Gary Gold to straightforward tonight. Tighten up the defence and there’s no cause why an upset in opposition to Argentina on Wednesday is past attain.