Sport Merci. French defence earns a smooch

13:07  19 june  2017
13:07  19 june  2017 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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The French Defense is a sharp counterattacking weapon against white’s first move 1.e4. From black’s first move, he looks to black the a2-g8 diagonal which is usually a big weakness for black and prepares to take control of the light squares in the center after 2.d5.

He could defend it (Nb1-c3, the main line, or Nb1-d2, the TARRASCH VARIATION), the master choice. What's the big idea? The FRENCH DEFENCE is a battle for control of the central dark squares: d4 and e5.

Blake Ayshford of the Warriors falls as he tackles Bevan French of the Eels© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Blake Ayshford of the Warriors falls as he tackles Bevan French of the Eels

It was a brutal tackle that shut down the Dragons attack and left the commentary team gobsmacked.

With Parramatta up 12-4 but St George Illawarra on the attack, Eels winger Bevan French rushed in and hit dangerous centre Tim Lafai with a jolting tackle to turn the ball over and save the day.

"He's able to do this because everyone inside him does their job," Phil Gould said.

"The Dragons come across the field with all these second man plays again and (Michael) Jennings is able to get up and force a slowish pass from (Jason) Nightingale and Bevan French just picks him off really quickly."

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The analysis of what had been an impressive piece of defence from French was quickly overtaken after something else caught the eye of Andrew Johns.

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