Saint-André frustrated by loss

Date published: February 14 2015

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France boss Philippe Saint-André was bitterly disappointed after les Bleus were beaten in Ireland.

After a poor first half, where the Irish fed off French indiscipline, France fought back in the second half, scoring the only try in the 18-11 defeat.

While the first 40 minutes were tough to watch, France did manage to create some opportunities in the second half thanks replacements Uini Atonio, Vincent Debaty and Romain Taofifenua, who scored the only try.

Still, it was another disappointing display following on from the hardfought win over Scotland, but Saint-André believes his team are capable of improving before the two sides meet again at the World Cup later this year.

"I'm very disappointed because we felt we should have done better," he said.

"I think Ireland in the last 20-30 minutes were on the back foot, but our discipline let us down.

"Ireland were better than us until we kept the ball and scored a great try, but congratulations to Ireland.

"It's a real shame. There's a lot of frustration because we shouldn't have lost today. It came down tot the details, which we weren't able to maser. We had the means to win the game. In the second half the Irish almost break and our bench added a lot. We had the chance to do something special but we weren't able to do it.

"We'll be more prepared in seven months time for the World Cup."

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