World News – UK – Scotland – France: Why Antoine Dupont, the World Class Scrum Half, is a Big Threat to Hopes at Home


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The Scots welcome the French this afternoon in BT Murrayfield and want to expand their winning run to six test matches. The visitors lost in Edinburgh in March but have lost more than 30 points behind Wales and Ireland since rugby resumed and Dupont has been at the heart of it.

Tandy, who has strengthened Gregor Townsend’s side since joining the coaching staff in December, is full of admiration for the scrum half of Toulouse and knows Scotland must be at their best defensively to keep him at bay.

« He’s pretty special, isn’t he? » said Tandy. “He’s absolutely up there as a world class nine. He’s a danger, he can pick up people, he’s a great offloader, he can kick both feet.

« He sees space very quickly, so we know we can’t leave a division in our line of defense. « . If you leave even a meter too much, he’ll take you over and discharge you and then you have the big guys to wager around the payline. We really need to be up to date in this area.

« If he discovers even half a hole, he’s generally through. And when he’s done, there’s a dump from the back. ”

Dupont lost his regular half-back Romain Ntamack to an injury and Matthieu Jalibert will be wearing the No.. 10 wear. The Scottish coaching team was quick to talk about stand-in distance, but the loss of a player of Ntamack’s quality in such a key position could prove telling. The Murrayfield game in March is France’s only defeat this year. Ntamack only lasted ten minutes in Edinburgh before being replaced by Jalibert.

The Bordeaux Begles fly half has only just started for France, but Tandy values ​​him highly and says he shares many of the same traits as Ntamack.

« Jalibert is an amazing player, I’ve seen him play in Europe and he’s an excellent football player, » said the Scottish assistant coach.

« With him and Ntamack they have a good 10s. If you try to single out a person, our plans for the team will go wrong. Jalibert is a great kick game just like Ntamack, he gets the ball on the line. ”

Tandy’s appointment was part of the shaking up the coaching staff following a disappointing World Cup in Japan that saw Scotland fail to get out of his group. The former Ospreys head coach has clearly made a difference, saying he enjoys working with Townsend, whose natural instincts are more inclined to attack.

« I love the way he sees the game, » said Tandy. « Sometimes defense coaches want to take over the team, but I think it’s my job to help and support the team in what they want to do and how they want to attack. It’s not just about rigid defenses. « . They have to fit into the personality of the team and the coach.

« I think we’ve evolved since the World Cup and it just keeps working with him. Attack and defense must complement each other. ”

Antoine Dupont, French National Rugby Union Team, Steve Tandy, Scottish National Rugby Union Team, Stade Toulousain, Romain Ntamack

World News – GB – Scotland – France: Why World Class Scrum -Half Antoine Dupont is a great threat to hopes at home