France coach Philippe Saint-Andre plans major changes for second Test against Australia
Last Updated: 08/06/14 1:07pm
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre says he plans to make significant changes to his line-up after his team were demolished 50-23 by Australia in the opening match of the three-Test series.
The Wallabies, who lost captain Stephen Moore to a season-ending knee injury in the first minute, scored seven tries to outclass the tourists at Lang Park.
Some new players will start. We will have a team with a better foundation and more experience.
"We will try very hard in training this week to have a much, much better match in Melbourne," Saint-Andre said.
"We have to work hard on our tackling technique this week.
"Some new players will start. We will have a team with a better foundation and more experience.
"Yesterday some players showed their limits. At this level, you pay for every mistake.
"I am not the first coach of a team to let in 50 points in the southern hemisphere but this one gives me a headache."
France captain Thierry Dusautoir, who was rested after his recent injury problems, could return for the second Test, while number eight Louis Picamoles, centre Mathieu Bastareaud and scrum-half Morgan Parra are among other players in contention for starting berths.
Saint-Andre said he wants more "ferocity and aggression" from his team, particularly given Les Bleus missed 35 tackles in Brisbane.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie said the one-sided scoreline in the first Test would not lull his side into thinking the rest of the series would be straightforward.
"They are the one team in the world that can change more than half their team and get a result in the following week," he said.
"We've seen it so many times it's not funny. They have some heavyweights sitting there on the sidelines.
"It's not as though we'll be playing (against) the same team. They could come at us in a very different way."
Wallabies scrum-half Nic White said France would take heart from a strong finish to a game which they trailed 50-0 with nine minutes to play.
"It's a showcase of what they can do," said White.
"They're a passionate side and their pride has been stung. They will come out and make up for that."