Six Nations 2013: Saint-Andre admits France win is all that matters
Six Nations 2013: Philippe Saint-Andre admits France's result - and not the performance - is important against Ireland
Philippe Saint-Andre admits France will take a win by hook or by crook against Ireland on Sunday as les Bleus look to secure their first win of this year’s Six Nations.
France have not won in their last six Championship matches and are currently bottom of the Six Nations table but they do have history on their side against Ireland.
Les Bleus have lost just once in their last 13 matches with the Men in Green – in 2009 when Ireland won the Grand Slam – and Saint-Andre can take heart from the improved performance last time out against England.
At Twickenham, Morgan Parra played a large part in French improvements and he and fly-half Frederic Michalak will start together for the first time in this year’s Championship.
And while Saint-Andre acknowledges that part of his side’s role is to entertain, he would take a victory on Saturday, regardless of how it came about.
“The French team’s role is to win and win well but in our situation, we’d take a 3-0 victory,” said Saint-Andre.
“You’ve got to make your own luck. We didn’t face up to the situation in the first three matches.
“We’ve got to score when we’re playing well, concede fewer points when we’re not (and) be better defensively.
“Against England, when we scored, we weren’t aggressive enough in the first line of defence. We missed a lot of first tackles.
“We’ve worked on that to be tighter against Ireland. We’ve got to learn to win matches again.”