The End of the World Trial
Which is more beautiful? That of 94 against the All Blacks or that of more than 100m against England in 91? Two legendary actions, certainly, but difficult to decide between them. Everyone has their opinion, necessarily subjective. A small clarification however, because the confusion is regular: the test of the century, it is the realization of 91 in Twickenham; that of 94 on New Zealand soil is the end of the world test.
The revival of Saint-André, the cad-deb of Delaigue
This action is the symbol of French-Flair, this rugby totally improvised by the French, unpredictable for the opponent and terribly effective. This July 3, in Auckland, the Blues of France showed what was really the cheek. Led 20-16, the men of Pierre Berbizier, in the 79th, try everything for everything. Leaving to restart the ball from their own 22m. On the initiative: Philippe Saint-André.
The wingman goes to challenge the defense and create a fixation point. The rest is pure happiness. Ultimate perfection. Gonzalez, Deylaud, Benazzi, Ntamack, Cabannes, Delaigue, Accoceberry then Sadourny (at the end) touch the ball in turn, bewitched by celestial magic. It’s a perfect millimeter recitation. We necessarily retain this passage of arms of Benazzi, this cad-deb of Delaigue who put on the buttocks an All Black and this last pass of the oh so altruistic Accoceberry. We never tire of seeing it, and seeing it again …
The XV of France against the All Blacks in Auckland: Sadourny; Ntamack, Sella, Lacroix (then Delaigue, 60th), Saint-André; (o) Deylaud, (m) Accoceberry; Cabannes, Benetton (Blond, 73rd; Brouzet, 79th), Benazzi; Roumat, Merle; Califano (Armary, 60th), Gonzalez, Benezech.