Jauzion wary of slipping up to Scots

FRANCE centre Yannick Jauzion insists Les Bleus cannot afford to make the same mistakes as last year when they take on Scotland in their RBS Six Nations opener tomorrow.

Marc Lievremont’s men recorded an unconvincing 22-13 win over Scotland at the Stade de France last year in an error-strewn game. Jauzion knows it will be a different story at Murrayfield, and has urged his team-mates not to let their guard down.

“Despite our victory, they put us in difficulty quite a few times,” he told L’Equipe. “Maybe we weren’t serious enough and coherent in defence.

“We let them get forward too many times. We managed to put right their attacks more often than not but we will not be able to repeat that sort of recovery in Scotland.”

France’s preparations have been hampered by injury problems, with six front-liners unavailable. But Jauzion believes they have every chance of repeating their success of three years ago and lifting the trophy.

“Our team is complete,” he said. “It’s up to us to be aware of that. We have a team to have great games.”

Jauzion and his controversial partner Mathieu Bastareaud will find themselves up against Max Evans and Graeme Morrison tomorrow. And the Toulouse man hopes his understanding with Bastareaud can help them combat the formidable Glasgow Warriors duo.

“I have already played with Mathieu, against Wales and England last year,” said Jauzion. “It’s above all down to our communication, that’s key for our post in letting us get forward.

“It’s normal that he’ll get his bearings from me, he depends on my runs in organising the play. Last year we played well together.

“We played against the two Glasgow centres last year. Evans has great qualities with his explosive power and his outflanking. Morrison is more physical, capable of handling the ball. They are not easy to defend against taking into account their complementary style and capacity to play in defence.

“Like the All Blacks, they initiate moves by having very close support of ball carriers.”

For his part, Morrison is determined to justify his recall by unleashing his array of attacking skills.

Morrison was arguably head coach Andy Robinson’s most controversial selection, having been axed for the final autumn international against Argentina after disappointing against Fiji and Australia.

But his excellent club performances have convinced Robinson to partner him with Warriors team-mate Max Evans. Morrison said: “Having gone back to Glasgow, it’s been great for me to get a bit more ball in my hands and run, and show what I could do with it. I’ll be looking to do that on Sunday.”

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