The French women’s rugby team lost 26 to 12 to New Zealand on Saturday in the Olympic final at the Tokyo Olympics, but handed over a 17th medal to the Blues in Tokyo.
After a good run, the French players have never worried, the double world champion and vice-Olympic champion in Rio.
The French dominated the British (26-19) in the semi-finals, having eliminated China in the quarter-finals.
The Olympic title showdown looked like revenge for the 2018 World Cup Final, which saw New Zealand’s women beat France 29-0.
Constantly improving since their sixth place in Rio and fourth at the last world circuit, the French had reason to be hopeful, thanks to iron thrust and fire wings, combined with a good dose of confidence born from a very successful qualifying championship. In mid-June.
On the other hand, New Zealand’s “Black Fern” looked to have struggled in the semi-final against Fiji and snatched the win 22-7 after extra time.
But the New Zealanders quickly settled into the French half of the field and scored the first attempt in the first minute. The French were not undeserving, stifled in their solid defense part from the attacks of their opponents, but soon sensed the difference in level, until it could no longer be closed.
The bronze medal goes to the Fijians who defeated Great Britain.
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