France not beaten yet says Vahaamahina

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:53
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INTERVIEW: The All Blacks are no different to anyone else and they have not 'destroyed us yet', despite all the hype, French lock forward Sébastien Vahaamahina said Tuesday.

Vahaamahina is in no doubt that the two-times world champions will be a tough team to beat in Paris on Saturday. But he admits to being irritated by those who see the game as one-sided.

"Yes, because we are there too, and they are not the only team in the world of rugby," he said.

"It is true they have destroyed everybody, but they have not destroyed us yet.

"They are no different to anyone else and if they achieve [a win] well, we are capable of doing just the same."

The Clermont forward said the antidote to New Zealand's quality as the top team in the world was to "stop them playing and to impose our own game instead."

Easier said than done against a side who accumulated a run of 18 victories before falling to defeat to Ireland on November 5 in Chicago, a setback avenged with a victory against the Irish in a re-match in Dublin at the weekend.

On the same day, France lost to Australia 23-25 in Paris after beating Samoa 52-8 in Toulouse the previous week.

Agence France-Presse