March 24, 2023

While Ireland achieved the Grand Slam in the U20 6 Nations Tournament, Les Bleuets concluded the competition with a very clear victory over Wales (67-17) on the lawn of Oyonnax.

The Blueberries ended their 6 Nations Tournament on a real card. On the occasion of the reception of Wales at the Stade Charles-Mathon in Oyonnax, the players of Sébastien Calvet spent a whopping eleven tries at the XV du Leek. A meeting which started in a rather complicated way for the Bleuets with the hooker Thomas Lacombre who received a yellow card from the first minute for an involuntary charge on the back Cam Winnett while the Habs sought to counter a kick. Welsh opener Daniel Edwards did not miss the opportunity to open the scoring on penalty.

The tricolor reply was almost immediate with Baptiste Jauneau who went to flatten the first try in the 5th minute. Posolo Tuilagi doubled the lead 180 seconds later. Aligned on the wing, Nicolas Depoortere went to register the third try of the Bleuets halfway through the first act, imitated by Léo Drouet twelve minutes from the break, who then ensured the offensive bonus. The Provence Rugby player went there with his double just before half-time then Louis Bielle-Biarrey offered a 31-point margin to the France U20 team at the break.

Les Bleuets unleashed against the Welsh

The Welsh returned to the pitch with other ambitions and Daniel Edwards flattened his side’s first try two minutes after the restart. In the process, the pillar Louis Fletcher took advantage of this moment of deconcentration of the Bleuets to bring Wales closer to 17 points… but he then scored the last points of his formation. As the hour of play approached, Léo Drouet scored his third personal try before Emilien Gailleton made things even more difficult.

But the Blueberries did not have enough. Louis Bielle-Biarrey launched the last quarter of an hour by flattening before Nicolas Depoortere went there with his personal double. While Mathis Castro left the lawn early after receiving a yellow card, Léo Drouet sealed the fate of the meeting with a quadruple. With this fourth victory in five games (67-17), Les Bleuets finished second in the U20 6 Nations Tournament. Indeed, the young Irish have imitated their elders by achieving the Grand Slam thanks to their success against England (36-24). Italy, for its part, takes third place thanks to its success in Scotland (17-40).

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