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Saint-Andre boosted by victory

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre is glad his side will head to Twickenham for their final RBS 6 Nations game on the back of a morale-boosting victory over Italy.

Les Bleus bounced back from back-to-back defeats to Ireland and France which all-but ended their hopes of winning the championship with a 29-0 win over Italy in Rome.

Yoann Maestri and Mathieu Bastareaud scored tries to help settle an inspiring match in the visitors' favour.

England's title hopes will be on the line when the French visit next weekend and Saint-Andre was pleased to see his side get back to winning ways.

"It was okay," Saint-Andre said of the performance on the Six Nations website. "After two tough weeks we were strong in the contact area, we had a good set-piece and scored a good try.

"Of course we can do better but we are pleased at the moment and now we will prepare for a huge game at Twickenham next week."

Scott Spedding, who kicked a penalty in Sunday's win, said the victory had given France renewed confidence.

"The win does the world of good for our confidence and we were able to put a bit of some of our game plan into place," he said.

"We have nothing to lose going to Twickenham and we will try and give our all."

Italy coach Jacques Brunel admitted his side were never in the game.

"We suffered in contact, made so many mistakes with ball in hand, at the end also in the scrum and France dominated the match," he said.

"We lost the one-on-one battles, but we also suffered in our collective game. They dominated in the lineouts and maul and eventually also in the scrum. They dominated physically."

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