France coach Marc Lievremont happy with victory over Canada
France coach Marc Lievremont was a happy man after his side's bonus point 46-19 win over Canada in wet Napier on Sunday.
It took until the last quarter before the courageous Canadians were contained with three tries in the last five minutes - including two to Vincent Clerc - helping put the game out of reach for France.
"I am pleased. That try bonus rewards the players but also the fans who came to support us," Lievremont said.
"Obviously everything wasn't perfect but I am not going to pull a face after each game, am I?"
Lievremont, who walked out of a pre-match press conference when journalists kept asking him about injuries in his squad, said he would talk first with his players before discussing what went wrong.
The rain during the game had an impact, he said, but added that the Canadians had made a much better fist of coping with the conditions than his own team had managed.
"It certainly had an impact but the Canadians had the same conditions as us and they got into the game much better that we did," he said.
France now have a maximum 10 points from their opening two games of the World Cup.
Lievremont said his team could now look forward to a relaxing week before playing 'you know who' - a reference to Saturday's pool decider against New Zealand.
France stand-in captain Aurelien Rougerie added: "We were more relaxed tonight than we were against Japan. We didn't lose track of the game despite some obvious errors. I didn't experience any nervousness during that game."
Canada coach Kieran Crowley was disappointed at the way his team conceded 14 points in the last five minutes of the game.
"We had reasonable patches, but we can't afford to do that at this level. We came here to win tonight and so we are very disappointed about that," the former All Black said.
Crowley refused to blame the four-day turnaround from their game with Tonga.
"We knew what it was going to be when the draw came out. We busted our backsides for 80 minutes. You can't question the emotion and commitment from our guys, but you just can't fall off in the last bit," he said.
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