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Jenkins wary of French kickers ahead of semifinal

Updated: October 10, 2011, 03:31


AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins says Saturday's World Cup semifinal against France could be decided by which team is more clinical with the boot, rather than which has the best backs.

While both have pace and skill, the tension of playing for a place in the final may curtail their natural attacking instincts and produce a more clinical brand of rugby where kicking opportunities are seized upon.

In that respect, Jenkins thinks France is well armed with scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili and makeshift flyhalf Morgan Parra kicking with consistency during the tournament, and replacement No. 10 Francois Trinh-Duc landing a crucial dropped goal against England.

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