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Les Bleus avoiding complacency

France hooker William Servat has warned his team-mates against the danger of underestimating Wales ahead of Friday night's RBS 6 Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium.

After defeating Scotland 18-9 at Murrayfield in the opening round and claiming a 33-10 win in a highly-impressive display against 2009 Grand Slam winners Ireland last time out, Marc Lievremont's troops are favourites for the title and chasing a thrid successive win for the first time since 2007.

"The keyword is concentration again," said Servat. "We have to realise above all that you always have to prepare for a rugby match, that nothing is done in advance and that we practise a sport where if you don't have all the ingredients you can suddenly be swept aside.

He added: "I'm aware that if we don't make use of the same ingredients that we had against Ireland, we will lose hugely in Wales.

"In football individual talents can save a team, make huge differences. For us, it's more difficult and above all, it's a fighting sport.

"And if you're not there in the fight, you lose the match."

Victory for France would take them two points clear of England, who play Ireland on Saturday, while it would also leave them firmly on course for the Grand Slam.

Les Bleus beat Wales in Cardiff in 2004 before going on to beat Scotland and England to take the Grand Slam and Servat is looking for a repeat result.

"The fortune that we have today is that we meet Ireland and England at home," he said. "This match against Wales is necessary, there is a big expectation, it will be very fierce and very difficult.

"In 2004 we won there, although for the moment we haven't done anything."

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