Saint-André satisfied with victory

Date published: October 2 2015

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France head coach Philippe Saint-André was "satisfied" with his side's 41-18 bonus-point win, despite being given a tough game against Canada.

Tries from Wesley Fofana, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Pascal Pape and Rémy Grosso saw France to the five points at Stadium MK on Thursday.

"We reached our first objective, three wins and 14 points and qualified for the quarter-finals, so now we have to prepare for Ireland and our target is to finish top of the group," said Saint-André after the thrilling game.

"The first half was great, we kept the ball and was clever in our game plan. Then after 30 minutes, we lost our intensity and lost two contests in the air allowing the Canadians to take advantage.

"We got the bonus point so we can be satisfied."

Meanwhile, France captain Thierry Dusautoir switched his focus to facing Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in what should be the pool decider.

"I am happy for the whole team, not just the 23 in the team and on the bench. This win is going to give us massive confidence as we go into the massive challenge that is Ireland," he said.

"I thought they were very good and have a sevens coach who encourages them to play quickly. They are a team making good progress and just like Italy, they had a great quality match."

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