The 2023 Rugby World Cup got underway on Friday night with an exciting match between hosts France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. After Mark Telea scored a try in the first minute. All Blacks got off to a quick start, but after that it was a very tight and stressful match. France finally having too much for their opponents.
Mark Telea touched down on the left wing after receiving a Beauden Barrett crossfield kick on the rebound in less than three minutes of play for New Zealand’s first try.
A penalty that France won very immediately. The restart was converted by Ramos, and two more penalties from Ramos gave France a 9-8 lead at the half despite losing the battle for territory.
France makes Ideal Start
Since France has been preparing for this tournament for years, it could have been simple for them to lose control of themselves following New Zealand’s outstanding start. They did not, promptly retaliating and eventually taking the lead. At halftime despite playing below par and having to contend with Julien Marchand’s injury. The second half was much better, more fluid, and an example. Many people have predicted that the host nation will win this World Cup.
With both teams predicted to advance and likely facing one of the top two teams. In the world in the quarterfinals, this match may not have much significance in the long run. France will be a lot happier for having won it. What a way to start a competition.
Player of the Match
Matthieu Jalibert, a Frenchman, was named as player of the match. He was instrumental in the first key French try and in the French team’s control of the second half thanks to his poise and deft footwork.
The tournament was formally launched by French President Emmanuel Macron and World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 78,690 spectators at the Stade de France. Sports icons Kylian Mbappé, David Beckham, George Russell, and rugby luminaries like Dan Carter, who displayed the trophy before the game began, were among the prominent figures present. Stars from the theatre and cinema, such as singer Mika and director Taika Waititi, joined the names from the world of sports.
In his remarks of welcome, Sir Bill noted that our great sport had its beginnings 200 years prior. And there is no better spot than right here in France to celebrate our birthday. Some of our most ardent supporters and playing legends call this place home.
“We are confident that you will make outstanding hosts in the upcoming weeks, whether it be in stadiums or in your homes, villages, towns, or cities!
“It will be the greatest display of camaraderie in rugby. The absolute best of our sport, France, and friendship will be experienced by us.