PARIS (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Sam Whitelock expects France to go to their conventional enjoying model of set-piece dominance, mauls and a little bit of aptitude within the backline when the groups conflict of their autumn worldwide on the Stade de France on Saturday.
New Zealand are coming off a 29-20 loss nL1N2S40GG to Eire final weekend the place they have been, by their very own admission, outplayed in most departments, and wish to keep away from back-to-back defeats for the second time in 12 months.
“We’ve had a extremely good week. Hopefully which means we present up on Saturday,” Whitelock informed reporters.
“They (France) are a wise facet and they’ll keep on with their strengths, however on the identical time they are going to have seemed on the final 4 or 5 video games we now have performed and provide you with a plan.
“Ravenous us of the ball labored for the Irish and they’ll in all probability use that tactic to a point.
“France play a special model to all the opposite groups we now have performed. They’ve picked a giant, robust staff and I believe they are going to play with a number of mauls and scrums. We have to match that French aptitude that comes from their set-piece.”
The All Blacks are lauded for his or her willingness to run with ball in hand however have been discovered wanting after they couldn’t get that side of their sport going towards Eire, with no discernible Plan B in sight.
Whitelock stated the expertise of being again in Europe for the primary time in three years had been an excellent one for the squad in studying these sorts of classes.
“There is no such thing as a proper or flawed approach (to play the sport). You simply should go on the market and play your model, and if that’s what is required on that day and you’re profitable, you come out on the fitting facet of the scoreboard,” he stated.
“It has been good to play (towards) a few completely different kinds. There are some guys for who that is the primary time to the Northern Hemisphere and these nice stadiums. That has been thrilling.”
(Reporting by Nick Mentioned; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)