Antoine Dupont: Talk of France winning Six Nations Grand Slam is premature

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Antoine Dupont: Talk Of France Winning Six Nations Grand Slam Is Premature Antoine Dupont: Talk Of France Winning Six Nations Grand Slam Is Premature
Les Bleus return to action away to Scotland on February 26th. Photo: PA Images
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By Ed Elliot, PA

France star Antoine Dupont insists talk of a Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam is premature, despite Saturday’s thrilling 30-24 victory over Ireland.

Les Bleus significantly boosted their chances of a first championship title since 2010 by halting Ireland’s winning run at nine games with a spell-binding performance in Paris.

Fabien Galthie’s table-toppers are the only team still in contention for a tournament clean sweep heading into a two-week break before round three.

But captain Dupont – who sparked a pulsating Stade de France encounter with a try after just 67 seconds – is not getting carried away.

“We’re not going to talk about a Grand Slam for now,” said the reigning world player of the year.

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“We’re going to focus on the next match, we know the challenge, we have our work cut out, we’re going to rest for a while and then prepare for the match.”

France travel to Scotland on February 26th and then have a trip to Wales before hosting England in the tournament finale.

Antoine Dupont scored after just 67 seconds in Paris (Adam Davy/PA)

Les Bleus have finished runners-up in the past two championships, having suffered damaging defeats to the Scots on each occasion.

Scrum-half Dupont is determined to make amends at Murrayfield in a fortnight’s time.

“I think we have all learnt from the last two editions where we maybe lost the tournament after defeats to Scotland,” said the 25-year-old.

“We know their team well. We will prepare this match, hoping we will be able to play for something nice in a month’s time.”

Head coach Galthie revealed pre-match comments from injured Ireland captain Johnny Sexton helped fuel his side’s display.

France have begun the Six Nations with successive wins under Fabien Galthie (Adam Davy/PA)

Sexton, who was ruled out by a hamstring injury and watched from the stands, said: “We obviously don’t want an incredible atmosphere because it means normally they’re going well, we want more silence this week.”

Galthie added: “Maybe the captain was ambitious, trying to encourage his team.

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“We hear that. I shared it with the players, and we said ‘we’ll see what happens on the field’.

“That’s what matters. Whatever you say, what matters is what happens on the field.”

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