France coach wants All Black scalp to add to his Spring­bok win

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

THE WINS over world cham­pi­ons South Africa and Samoa have sharp­ened the am­bi­tions of France coach Marc Lievre­mont, who is now eye­ing a victory over New Zealand on Satur­day in Mar­seille.

“To win that game would re­ally be splen­did, huge,” he told jour­nal­ists on Thurs­day at the France train­ing camp in Mar­cous­sis.

“To end this tour un­beaten af­ter de­feat­ing twice the num­ber one team in the world, South Africa first and then New Zealand who had just re­cov­ered top spot, would be an ex­cep­tional feat for our young team. I think we can do it.”

The French coach, how­ever, ac­knowl­edged the task would be dif­fi­cult be­cause the All Blacks were also ap­proach­ing the game as “the sum­mit of their Euro­pean tour”.

“This Test is their last game of the sea­son. They are un­beaten so far in their tour but they know that this is the game that will count to as­sess their per­for­mance,” he said.

“It’s also our last meet­ing be­fore we face each other in the group phase of the 2011 World Cup and they will be out for re­venge af­ter we de­feated them in Dunedin, last June.

“They have seen what we did to the Spring­boks but I hope we will be able to com­pete with them.” – Reuters

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