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French to take a punt against Wallabies

By Adrian Warren 26/06/2009 05:36:20 PM Comments (0)

France coach Marc Lievremont believes his team will need to take more risks in their one-off Test against the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium on Saturday if they are to end their recent poor run against Australia.

The French have lost their last seven Tests in Australia and have gone 19 years since tasting victory in this country.

Australia have won all three of the encounters between the two nations in the last 13 months.

However, France head into Saturday's game buoyed by winning their shared two-match series against New Zealand on points differential.

Lievremont was under no illusion about the task facing his team as the French sought to end their run of outs against the Wallabies.

"We have to have a great game especially our strategic part," Lievremont said through a interpreter in Sydney on Friday.

"We know Australia well having played them a few times and we know they are good on the basics.

"What we have to do is play our game first and take maybe a bit more risk than we did in the last two games.

"Australia is very well organised in defence, they don't give many points away, we have to be realistic."

Lievremont thought the Wallabies had improved since last year but didn't think their style had changed since then.

"They have been quite consistent working with the same squad, we can see it's a very confident scheme. They've got lots of confidence in themselves and they haven't changed really," Lievremont said.

Australian coach Robbie Deans has described France's play at the breakdown against New Zealand as "brutal" and skipper and flanker Thierry Dusautoir suggested they were unlikely to change their style.

"It is an essential part of the game. The experience of last weekend ... it's going to be the same, very aggressive tomorrow. We expect to be quite aggressive in that sector of the game," Dusautoir said.

Lievremont made multiple changes to his team and with several injured players returning home, admitted it had not been the smoothest of preparations.

"The preparation for the game has been complicated since the beginning of the week," Lievremont said.

"We had a lot of injured players, we had a bit of tiredness from our squad.

"Afterwards it's been better. The players have got more enthusiastic."

Lievremont said the controversy surrounding the fabricated story of centre Mathieu Bastareaud had not affected their preparations.

He suggested the result of Saturday's game would decide how successful the three-match Australasian campaign had been.

"The result of this game will determine if we've had a good tour or not. A good game will be what we are expecting," Lievremont said.

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