Johnson warns of French forward power

9th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - England's 2003 World Cup winning skipper Martin Johnson believes France's forwards should not be underestimated when the two bitter rivals clash in the semi-finals on Saturday.

9 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - England's 2003 World Cup winning skipper Martin Johnson believes France's forwards should not be underestimated when the two bitter rivals clash in the semi-finals on Saturday.

"We are not going to dominate a team like France as quickly as we did Australia," said Johnson in reference to England's impressive forwards performance in the 12-10 quarter-final win over the Wallabies.

"They can scrummage, they are far more proficient, and any advantage will take time to get. It won't be as big as what happened against Australia.

"They were poor scrummagers, but there is no team left in the tournament who have that weakness."

 Johnson also believes England need to sharpen their attacking skills in Saturday's Stade de France semi-final.

"We need a bit more composure because when they look at the tape, they left two or three tries unscored against Australia," he told the BBC.

"If we want to win the next one, they will have to score a couple of

AFP

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