Philippe Saint-Andre admits France have much to learn from disappointing Six Nations campaign
Last Updated: March 17, 2013 6:23am
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre urged his players to learn from their torrid Six Nations campaign after a 23-16 win over Scotland was not enough to avoid the wooden spoon.
Second-half tries from Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard earned France their lone victory of this year's competition, but Tim Visser's late score ended their hopes of finishing above Ireland.
France now face a daunting three-Test tour to New Zealand in June, and Saint-Andre admitted his young side need to grow up fast.
"These are matches of a lifetime," Saint-Andre said of the series against the All Blacks. "If one day you want to win a big competition you have to face the big teams.
"We're last in the Six Nations and we have to accept that and face up to it.
"The game was like our tournament: complicated. The second half was better and we started to get back into the game and scored two very good tries. But we missed two other good chances.
'Soul and fight'
"This team is young, it has a soul and fights. But it lacks control, collectively and individually, and you need control and patience when you play rugby at the highest level.
"The objective is to be ready for the 2015 World Cup. I think we will learn enormously from this Six Nations."
Meanwhile, Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson reflected on the inconsistencies that have blighted their Six Nations.
"We were great in our resolve," he said. "I was really, really proud of their defence. But we let ourselves down in our kick return stuff. There has been progress, but it doesn't always improve as quickly as you like."
Johnson also gave little away when asked about his chances of being appointed permanent coach, adding: "We'll sit and have a proper discussion, man to man."