James Mortimer 18.Nov.2012Getty Images
Samoa were full value for their 26-19 victory against Wales, the current Grand Slammers of Europe, although that tag doesn’t seem to do the side justice at the moment – especially with France impressing in their most recent tests.
Indeed, the French are now fourth on the world rankings, a position which will be consolidated after their impressive 39-22 win over Argentina in Lille, following up from their powerful performance against the Wallabies, defeating the then second ranked nation in the world 33-6.
While the Tricolours have looked a solid blend of power and panache, very much in the blueprint of classical French teams of yesteryear, the physical prowess of the Samoans is something that Saint-Andre admitted had him up late at night.
“I told the guys that now, the toughest was ahead of us against Samoa,” he said.
“Last night, after I watched Wales versus Samoa, I did not sleep very well.”
“I have to congratulate my squad tonight but we have to stay humble because the giantkillers are coming at the Stade de France.”