Pelous `still has hope`

France remain the masters of their own destiny in the World Cup despite their opening-night defeat to Argentina, according to Les Bleus lock Fabien Pelous.

The hosts suffered a bout of stage fright when they slipped to a 17-12 reverse to the Pumas at the Stade de France on Friday night.

It means France’s showdown with Ireland at the same stadium on September 21 has taken on added significance.

But Pelous, the vice-captain of the French, is not pressing the panic button.

“We are frustrated, like the 14 million people who watched the match on television,” said the Toulouse star.

“But there is still hope. There are still three matches to play in the group.

“We have to win the three matches and if we take bonus points with each match, we will qualify for the knockout stages.

“We still have our destiny in our own hands and we are adamant we won’t fail.”

France take on Namibia next Sunday, before their crunch meeting with the Irish the weekend after.


365 Digital

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