Chabal: England clash the decider
February 15, 2011
Chabal: England clash the decider%]
France No.8 Sebastien Chabal believes that the winner of their Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham on February 26 will go on to Championship glory.
Both teams will head into the round three clash with unbeaten records, with France having conquered Scotland and Ireland and England prospering from meetings with Wales and Italy.
The stage is set for a colossal encounter and Racing Metro's Chabal predicts the title will effectively be decided at the final whistle.
"When we started the competition, it was to win it," he said. "Now I believe the winner of the next round will win the Six Nations. So we will try to do our best and get a result in England.
"We watched England's game against Italy. They played great rugby, they moved the ball and were strong. But Italy didn't play well. For us the first thing is to be stronger with our forwards, because when they go backwards it will be more difficult for them to move the ball around the pitch.
"We made too many mistakes against Ireland, we are not full of confidence and sometimes it's quite difficult for us on the pitch. We have three days' rest now and we'll join up on Thursday, giving us 10 days to prepare for England. We need a good game plan to beat them."
France coach Marc Lievremont turned his attention to England in the wake of their Lansdowne Road victory and admitted that they will need to work hard to match Martin Johnson's fast-improving side.
"I'm already feeling something of a headache looking towards the England match because they are looking very sure of themselves," he said. "We need to appreciate our win against Ireland and realise that England are very much ahead of everyone else at the moment.
"They have a very physical team, they're intense and accelerate a lot. It appears that the other five nations are developing at a much lower level. We know that it will be complicated and that we must resolve some issues, but we will progress in this aspect."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter