Berliner Tageblatt - Galthie denies France in 'crisis' after Italy draw

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Galthie denies France in 'crisis' after Italy draw
Galthie denies France in 'crisis' after Italy draw / Photo: © AFP

Galthie denies France in 'crisis' after Italy draw

France head coach Fabien Galthie said on Sunday his side were not in crisis after a dramatic 13-13 draw at home to Italy in the Six Nations.

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Galthie's side were hammered by Ireland in the tournament opener before edging Scotland earlier this month.

Les Bleus were then within inches of losing at home to Italy in the tournament for the first time as Paolo Garbisi's 82nd penalty hit the post.

The result came five months after the disappointing Rugby World Cup ended in defeat to South Africa in the quarter-final.

"At international level, with France, our ambition is to win, when you don't win it's not positive," Galthie told reporters after being asked if his side were in a crisis.

"Often within the players when you don’t win it can be a crisis.

"Right now, a loss at home, a win in Scotland, a draw with Italy, not the expected results, it's a difficult, painful moment," he added.

France have looked sluggish since the World Cup defeat to the Springboks, a stark contrast to Galthie's all-conquering first four years in charge.

Garbisi's last-gasp failure meant Les Bleus avoided a third-straight home defeat since 1998-1999, and a maiden loss to Italy since 2013.

"I don't feel something's broken," captain Charles Ollivon said.

"We have to do better. We work on things but it didn't pay off today," he added.

Next up for the 2022 Six Nations champions is March 10's trip to Wales.

They will continue to be without regular skipper Antoine Dupont, away with France's seven-a-side before this summer's Olympic Games in Paris as well as injured fly-half partner Romain Ntamack.

"It's a challenge, we will question ourselves, for us, our supporters we will work hard," flanker Ollivon said.

"We promise it and commit it.

"We will give everything to head to Cardiff and put in a good performance," he added.

K.Thomson--BTB