Are you saying this is what the French media ACTUALLY have done after this game?
Yes, and in France, for once, some national media like "le Monde", "le Figaro" or the TV "TF1" have spoken about rugby league and the world cup. And sports media "léquipe" or others popular blogs like "rue89" have followed this world cup. And they presented rugy league game as a fast and pleasant game.
But now, the press article after the game against Samoa insists about "The attacks of the Samoan" (see l'équipe), the violence of this game.