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Dan Biggar: Wales win will restore some pride

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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DAN Biggar believes a Wales win in France tomorrow would offer "redemption" for their opening weekend humbling at the hands of Ireland.

Rob Howley's side faced a torrent of criticism for their 30-22 loss in Cardiff, and they travel to Paris this weekend with their hopes of retaining the Six Nations title hanging by a thread.

But France also suffered a losing start to their campaign with a surprising defeat to Italy in Rome, and Ospreys fly-half Biggar insists Wales will be unaffected by their poor start when they take to the field tomorrow.

"The great thing about sport is you have a chance to put things right the following week," he said.

"It is something which gives us a chance of redemption and put some pride back into the jersey.

"We are under no illusions how hard it is going to be and a big effort to go out there and win because not many people do.

"We are going to go there with respect but no fear. They are coming off a surprise loss and they have a point to prove.

"We will stick with a game plan that we feel can beat France."

Last Saturday's match against Ireland was Biggar's first appearance in the Six Nations, and he has held on to his place for tomorrow's encounter against France.

The 23-year-old gave a reasonably assured display last weekend, though his performance was blighted when a charged-down first-half kick of his led to Ireland's second try.

"It is not the first time and won't be the last time an outside-half has a kick charged down," said Biggar.

"It is a little quicker at international level and something you have to get up to speed on. Perhaps in the past I would have let it affect me and it would have knocked my confidence.

"But I felt like it went the other way. I felt comfortable on the ball and we had more possession after the first 25 minutes.

"It is one of those things I have to learn from but something that is also a positive because of my reaction."

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