France coach confident of testing Wales defence this weekend

By midday on Saturday, either France or Wales will have booked their place in the 2011 World Cup final, something which seemed like a remote prospect at the start of the tournament. Les Bleus were reported to be in all kinds of disarray following an erratic Six Nations campaign, with the Welsh also failing to impress earlier in the year…

By midday on Saturday, either France or Wales will have booked their place in the 2011 World Cup final, something which seemed like a remote prospect at the start of the tournament.

Les Bleus were reported to be in all kinds of disarray following an erratic Six Nations campaign, with the Welsh also failing to impress earlier in the year, although both sides performed impressively in the quarter finals to set up a meeting in Auckland.

Wales were 22-10 winners against Ireland last weekend, making a mockery of their underdog tags and they will now be favourites to beat France, although the French defence coach doesn’t believe that Warren Gatland’s team have been tested to the max yet.

Dave Ellis is looking forward to seeing how the Welsh cope with a team that like to score tries, including two against New Zealand.

“They have played South Africa and Ireland, two teams who do not score a lot of tries,” said Ellis. “Wales have so far met sides who kick and are defence-oriented, so logically they have not been tested much. That will change on Saturday, no doubt.

“Wales tackled low against Ireland, but we have been doing that for 12 years. Wales’s line-speed has become quicker and they have some exceptional back-rows, like Sam Warburton, who are superb over the top of the ball. He is winning lots of turnovers, along with his back-row colleagues.”

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