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Saint-André pleased with comeback

11th March 2013 15:01

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Philippe Saint-Andre France head coach

Philippe Saint-André: Staying positive

France coach Philippe Saint-André is pleased with his side's fightback against Ireland, even though they are still winless in the Six Nations.

Ireland raced into a 13-3 lead at half-time of last Saturday's clash in Dublin but France struck back, late in the second half, to snatch a 13-13 draw thanks to a Louis Picamoles try which Frederic Michalak converted.

"This was a real game," said Saint-André.

" We performed badly in the first half. We didn't play very well and Ireland played very well.

"We showed a lot of character to come back. I talked to the players at half-time and after that we showed something.

"We're very disappointed with our Six Nations, but we've changed nearly 70 per cent of the team since the World Cup.

"We're still learning and the Six Nations is hard, it's tough. We just need to be much more precise because we had the opportunity to win this game but didn't do it."

France are at the bottom of the table, with one point from four matches, and host Scotland in their last match in Paris on Saturday.

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Friday , February 6
Wales vs England20:05
Saturday , February 7
Italy vs Ireland14:30
France vs Scotland17:00
Saturday , February 14
England vs Italy14:30
Ireland vs France17:00
Sunday , February 15
Scotland vs Wales15:00
Saturday , February 28
Scotland vs Italy14:30
France vs Wales17:00
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1Ireland58
2England58
3Wales56
4France56
5Scotland52
6Italy50