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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006, 17:12 GMT
Laporte upbeat after France win
Olivier Magne breaks clear of a Tommy Bowe challenge
Olivier Magne scored one of France's six tries
France coach Bernard Laporte was happy with his team's 43-31 Six Nations win over Ireland, despite the home side's poor second-half display in Paris.

"It was better than last Sunday at Murrayfield," Laporte told BBC Sport.

"Ireland played well in the last 30 minutes. We played well for 50 minutes with a lot of intensity and agility.

"Olivier Magne and Rafael Ibanez played very well. They brought us their experience. Aurelien Rougerie also played very well."

Laporte denied that his team had adopted a lax approach in the second half as the Irish fought their way back into the game.

"No, no, no. We spoke about this at half-time. Ireland played with a lot of intensity in the second half. They are a very good team."

The French coach was angered by home fans who booed fly-half Frederic Michalak after he was substituted late in the game.

The 24-year-old Toulouse fly-half had had a mixed match and was firmly under the microscope after a poor display in the opening defeat against Scotland.

"We should return to the old values of rugby...I would have them thrown out of the stadium."

Of course it always affects one when one is whistled
France fly-half Frederic Michalak

"They should know that Michalak will play again. It is not them who will change my mind."

"Frederic alternated between the good and the less good today but he pleased me, and I say that in all honesty.

Michalak acknowledged that he had been affected by the booing.

"Of course it always affects one when one is whistled," said Michalak. "One gives ones best each time, but it doesn't always come off."

Magne, who scored a try after just eight minutes on his return to the side, told BBC Sport: "Our first half was very good, the second half was not what we expected.

"It was an incredible start. We were very motivated when the match began and we did well but we have to play like that for 80 minutes.

"We have to work a lot. This team is not at its best. We were very determined to finish this game well and we are very motivated for the next game."

Highlights: France 43-31 Ireland

Interview: France coach Bernard Laporte

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11 Feb 06 |  Six Nations
France 43-31 Ireland
11 Feb 06 |  Six Nations


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