FRANCE head coach Fabien Galthié has insisted that referee Nic Berry made the right decision when disallowing Scotland replacement second-row Sam Skinner’s try in the final minute of this afternoon’s [Saturday’s] Six Nations clash at Murrayfield, which denied the home side a narrow victory.
“I think the images are quite clear from the start and I don’t see how he [the referee] can make any other decision,” said the former Les Bleus scrum-half.
“The referee said it was not a try. But we are in Edinburgh with crazy pressure. He referred it to the video referee. The on the field referee is very well placed, he said it was not a try. But anything can happen, we are used to that … I experienced it like this week, with great happiness, with great pleasure. It is not the first time we have had difficult moments, it is like that and we build from that. That is rugby, That is sport, for us that is the essence of it. We are the French team, I promised you the French team would win again.”
Galthie has endured a tough week after France’s heavy loss to Ireland in Marseilles last Friday, and was clearly delighted at the way his players helped him answer some of the criticism which has come his way.
“Honestly, there are many, many emotions,” he said. “It’s perhaps a bit stupid what I’m going to say, but it’s one of my greatest victories with the France team. We had a complicated week. We have really become closer between us. We wanted to do it for us and we did it. I’m very happy for some players and the group. I say it again, it is one of my greatest victories with the fifteen of France.”
“Some players showed a lot of character. No one is surprised in the France group because we know them well. There is no need to cite them. We are high-level athletes.
“I love articles when they are positive. I also read them when they are negative. It becomes an essence for me on the weekend.
“We knew what they [Scotland] were going to do and we adapted pretty well. Above all, we didn’t give up. We managed to score again after them, we held up well at the end of the first half, we didn’t give up for 80 minutes. It was very hard but the ending was magnificent in terms of emotion.
“It is a victory in Scotland with a fantastic scenario, after a week spent with the players where we recalled the values of the game. The week resembled the match. We enjoyed ourselves. This is a sport of combat, you have to be combative. One has to accept that there are times of adversity. We dealt with that this week. We lose together, we suffer together, we win together.
“When you win in Scotland, you know the overall content … it is fine with me. Given the level of team Scotland are, it is fine. Given the context it is ok. It is perfect. We are not here to give demonstrations of perfect rugby, we are here to win matches. The content was formidable.”
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