15 Jun 2013

Expect stronger France in 2nd Test says coach

2:46 pm on 15 June 2013

The assistance coach of France Yannick Bru says an extra week together and a mid-week match for players who arrived late should help the French to a more cohesive and disciplined approach in the second test against the All Blacks.

New Zealand won the first test 23-13 at Eden Park last week with a rusty performance, though Bru also says his side had been less than clinical in the match and he expected better in Christchurch on Saturday.

Their inefficiency of execution last week manifested itself in the set-piece, particularly in the scrum after they had mistimed their engagement on the first couple and drawn the ire of referee Wayne Barnes.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has brought back tighthead prop Nicolas Mas to face Wyatt Crockett in the second match and Bru says the 60-test veteran will give his team confidence although he's not the total answer to their issues.

The French late arrival Frederic Michalak will bolster the test team by slotting in a first five.