The brave but limited Saudi Arabia returned to its apprenticeship (41-23), Saturday, the France team finds, Monday evening in Katowice, against Slovenia, an adversity more worthy of a World Cup. Like the Blues, the troop of Jure Dolenec, the captain dismissed in Limoges, is undefeated after the first two days of this group B (success against the Saudis, 33-19 and Poland, 32-23) and therefore it too already qualified for the main round, which begins on Wednesday in Krakow.
The astonishing formula obliges us not to neglect the evening meeting, Guillaume Gille, the coach knows well: “We know the rules of the game, taking the points against the teams that come with us in the main round. These two points (of victory) have a very important role in the race for the quarter-finals and these first two places (from a group of six) which would allow us to access it. It’s a bit of a preliminary round final. This will also allow us to evaluate ourselves in a second very big test. » Reference to the one at the opening, last Wednesday, against the Polish host, finally dominated (26-24).
The captain will return
A disputed start without Luka Karabatic (back). Pillar of the central defense, the pivot has not yet played on this World Cup. Ludovic Fabregas and Nicolas Tournat ensure rather well on both sides of the field. Seen in the jacuzzi of the Hôtel des Bleus on Friday, Luka Karabatic (34) continues his process of restoring a proven carcass. What will allow him to resume the game and the armband, worn temporarily by his brother Nikola? “Luka is giving us positive signals that allow us to imagine an imminent return. How soon, I can’t know.” replies Gil. Logically spared on Saturday, Dika Mem should return to the field on Monday evening.