France coach Bernard Laporte accused his side of "mental fragility" after
their nervy 27-26 win over Argentina.
Laporte said France played well for an hour
Les Bleus were 27-9 up at one point but allowed the Pumas back into the match
and were hanging on towards the end.
Laporte said: "We could have humiliated them, but we showed mental fragility
and we nearly died of fright.
"It's good in a way, because if we had won by a 40-point margin, everybody would have been euphoric and that would not have let us analyse our mistakes."
France captain Raphael Ibanez admitted he left the stadium with a "strange
He said: "The Argentinians pushed us in the last 20 minutes, but on the whole
we controlled the game.
"We had plenty of possession, we were more creative. The group showed it had enormous resources and offensive qualities.
"But Argentina are a difficult team because they have very good players, who are naturally aggressive and have exemplary attitudes.
"(Argentina full-back Juan Martin) Hernandez manages the team very well on
the pitch. Because of all that, this is a very important win for us."
Hernandez claimed his side only had themselves to blame for their defeat.
"Once more, as we did against Italy, we failed at line-outs and paid for
losing concentration," he said.
Coach Marcelo Loffreda saw plenty of positives to take from his side's European tour, which also included wins over England and Italy.
He said: "We did play at a high level in some parts of the three games, but
we had a huge mental strength."