FRANCE centre Yannick Jauzion has urged his team-mates to maintain their focus ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Wales as they bid to continue their march to the RBS 6 Nations title.
Despite their impressive run, Jauzion knows they will have to give an even more polished performance at the Millennium Stadium.
“The match against Ireland was full of solidarity and determination,” said the veteran centre. “But there are also quite a few things to look at again.
“We didn’t completely master the clash. But what was interesting is that we didn’t fold despite a difficult start.
Wales star Martyn Williams, meanwhile, has revealed his relief at being selected against France. The Cardiff Blues flanker is set to equal a significant Welsh international appearance record – but he knows it could easily have been a different story.
“Warren (Gatland) spoke to us and said he didn’t believe it went well for us against Scotland as a unit,” recalled Williams, who equals Colin Charvis’ 94-cap Test best for a Wales forward.
With Williams’ highly-rated Blues colleague Sam Warburton – 13 years his mentor’s junior – thirsting for an opportunity in the Wales starting line-up, pressure has certainly been cranked up.
But Williams admitted: “I was poor against Scotland – I wasn’t happy with my first-half performance.
“I know it is not through any lack of effort. You give everything, but some days things just don’t come off for you.”
Meanwhile Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen wants to deliver the ultimate “insult” to Italy this weekend by helping destroy their front row in Rome.
He said: “It’s a massive part of their game, it always has been a massive part of their game, the scrum.
“They’ve got massive pride in it. They see it as a bit of an insult if they don’t do so well, they don’t feel good about themselves.”
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