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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Galthie aims to avoid Cup repeat
Fabien Galthie
Galthie is determined to go one better
France captain Fabien Galthie has said the memory of losing the 1999 World Cup final is enough to push his side to go one better in Australia.

Galthie was part of the team that lost 35-12 against the Wallabies in Cardiff four years ago.

And he said: "The defeat in Cardiff hurt badly because it was probably the biggest game of my career and as a team we didn't perform as we had hoped.

"Every time you compete in one, you think about what it would mean to win.

"After what happened last time, it makes you that much more determined to win."

France have comfortably maintained their 100% record in the tournament to date with wins over Fiji and Japan.

Their next hurdle - arguably their toughest in Pool B - is against Scotland on Saturday.

Galthie criticised his players for their display against the Japanese, in which they conceded 29 points despite winning with relative ease.

Talking about France's lapses in concentration, he said: "I don't know why it happens.

"We try to do our best all the time but sometimes we play well and at other times we have problems.

"It is not just us. There are many unpredictable teams in the competition. We hope to be strong and play well in each match.

"We certainly have the capacity to play very well but sometimes we don't reach that level."

France are hotly tipped to overcome the Scots, having only lost one of their previous seven encounters and none since 1998.

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