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Lievremont: We kept our composure

France coach Marc Lievremont admitted Les Bleus must have a "good guardian angel" following their 9-8 Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Wales.

Wales had to play for 62 minutes with 14 men after captain Sam Warburton was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Vincent Clerc and they still looked the better team.

"They have been amazingly brave but the French team might have a good guardian angel," said Lievremont. "You have seen the tackle, it was a very dangerous tackle and it deserves the red card, but it was unfortunate that the game was unbalanced in the way it was."

France lost to New Zealand and Tonga in the pool stages but they bounced back to beat England last week and had to battle for the narrowest of wins against Warren Gatland's men.

Lievremont will be replaced by Phillipe Saint Andre as France coach after the World Cup - and his final match in charge will be the final next weekend.

"I think there are a lot of people annoyed that we have qualified but we played with our hearts," added Lievremont.

"We have qualified for the final and that is all that counts.

"We did not start well and we lost confidence. When they went down to 14 and we had 15, we were still inhibited. But that does not matter. What matters is when they scored (a try) we kept our composure.

"I will not brood or be unhappy because it was not our best game. What matters is we are going to the final."


From Belfast Telegraph