Lebanon vs France Preview

This is a game I have really looked forward to. The Cedars will rely on their wealth of NRL talent in their spine to dictate the pace of the game. Michael Lichaa, Robbie Farah and Mitchel Moses tasked with creating chances and breaking down this stubborn French side. France have the advantage of most of their national team playing for the Catalan Dragons in The Super League, this means players know how each other play so they require less time to adapt to playing as a new team. France have some fantastic talent in their squad who will ask real questions of the Lebanese side, Theo Fages is a fantastic young player and will be one to watch in this match.

Lebanon: The Cedars will feature with Robbie Farah in the 7 role, it's a position he has played before, but I'm not sure how Robbie will fair down the middle of the pitch for a full 80 minutes, especially only having featured for 20 to 40 minute stints through the season. The french will look to target this early,  leaving Moses fighting to get Lebanon on the board. Lichaa is a surprise selection for me as i feel here was poor for big parts of this season; not scooting enough, poor decision making and lazy defending saw him slowly losing his spot at 9 to Mbye.

France: France's danger men will look to set the tone early.  Fages is a fantastic talent and will look to expose gaps with his trademark darting runs that have caused Super League sides problems all season with Saints. Fages only real downside is that at times his creativity can lack, which is why France have chosen William Barthau as his halves partner. Barthau is a very good creative player and will compliment his six's style well. The French also bring quality forwards with them, not just on the field but from the bench too, with vastly underrated second rower Thibault Margalet who really impressed me in the season with Catalans.

Conclusion: France look the better side for this one but the occasion means more to Lebanon, who fought so hard to get here. Ultimately The French creative flair will be too much for Lebanon and France will see this one out by 12+ points.

Pom

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