Laporte hails defiant France

First published in Sport

France coach Bernard Laporte paid tribute to his team's discipline after they dumped favourites New Zealand from the World Cup with a thrilling 20-18 win in Cardiff on Saturday night.

The French, who were forced to play their quarter-final in Cardiff after finishing as runners-up in their pool, came from 13-0 down at the Millennium Stadium to pull off their first win over the All Blacks for seven years and set up a semi-final showdown with England in Saint Denis next Saturday.

Laporte said: "The All Blacks certainly had far more possession than us but our discipline was excellent - it really played a great role in our win. It was a good win for us but now we start thinking about England. It's going to be another really tough match."

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