RUGBY WORLD CUP 2003: LAPORTE OPEN WITH PLAUDITS; France 51 Japan 29.
``You have to congratulate Japan,'' saidLaporte.
``They had lots of speed and agility and put us under a lot of pressure.
``I had felt quite confident in the first half -but in the second they put us under a lot of pressure.''
Leading points-scorer Frederic Michalak will be fit after X-rays on the rib injury he picked up revealed nothing more than bruising.
POOL B. FRANCE --Tries: Michalak,Rougerie 2,Pelous,Dominici,Crenca. Cons: Michalak 5,Merceron. Pens: Michalak 3. JAPAN -Tries: Konia,Ohata. Cons Kurihara 2. Pens: Kurihara 5. ATT: 24,000.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 20, 2003|
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