Chabal questions ABs’ mental strength

Sebastien Chabal believes France have been able to get inside the All Blacks’ heads and have sown the seeds of doubt.

The French stunned the Kiwis last weekend in Dunedin, securing only their fourth win on New Zealand soil, and the Caveman now believes it’s advantage France ahead of this Saturday’s second round in Wellington.

‘Maybe now they [New Zealand] will start to doubt,’ the French forward told rugbyheaven.co.nz. ‘Next week if we can stay in the game during the first 30 minutes they will start to doubt. If we play 100% and if we don’t make too many mistakes we can win next week. I don’t want to be too confident … ‘

Chabal claimed that his side were in a good state of mind before the opening Test, and believes they had won both the mental and the physical battle on the field.

‘We didn’t mind before the game about the result,’ added Chabal. ‘We just wanted to be focused on our game and to play with a lot of passion, a lot of heart and give everything on the pitch.

‘That’s what we did from the start till the end. We worked well for the first 30 minutes, then the All Blacks started to doubt. I think we were mentally stronger than them after the first 30 minutes.’

The 29-year-old is confident his team can repeat their heroics of Dunedin when the two teams go head to head again this Saturday.

‘We will try to be focused and to prepare well for the next game. We know we have nothing to lose and maybe when we are in this spirit we play the best.’