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Order to French chaos - Kiss

11th March 2014 17:25

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Not fooled: Les Kiss

Ireland coach Les Kiss has stated that France's look of "dishevelled chaos" is far from the truth behind their tactics.

Philippe Saint-André's team have frustrated supporters throughout this year's Six Nations, yet have three wins from their four matches.

Ireland will travel to Paris looking to secure a first title since 2009 this weekend.

Having closely analysed the tape of les Bleus recent outings, Kiss is adamant that there is a gameplan in place that helps unleash France's dangerous back three.

"There's a perception that they are dishevelled, that they are in a dishevelled place of chaos," said Kiss.

"But when you look at it as forensically as we have, you can see an order to that chaos, you can see what they're trying to achieve, you can see that they do allow their individuals to put themselves into the game in dangerous situations.

"So as much as they might look disorganised, there's a certain way they play that you have to be aware of; they are a very dangerous team across the park.

"And when you've got a back-three of Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget and Maxime Medard, with Hugo Bonneval coming off the bench, it's a dangerous mix and we have to be aware of that. They keep threats across the field.

"They move their forwards around and they have a group of four to five players who are very dangerous, the back-three, the two halves, and then Bastareaud as the odd guy so they can shift the point of attack at any given time.

"It's based around this axis they build into their game. It may look a bit left-of-centre, but there is a path you can understand."

Kiss reserved special praise for Toulouse wing Huget, who bagged an excellent interception try against Scotland last Saturday.

"I think he's world class, his base skill-sets are very good, and he doesn't just sit on his wing," added Kiss.

"You might see him bobbing up in midfield two or three times in phases, working off the nine, but two phases later he can be on the wing, getting the ball in space, chip-kicking and re-gathering.

"I just think it's his appetite to be hunting for opportunities to look for mismatches and opportunities to inject himself into the game, he doesn't just wait for these opportunities."

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