Series lost, France still have plenty to play for

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 20/06/2013
Benjamin Kayser
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ONCE IN A LIFETIME: Benjamin Kayser says a France win in the third test would mean a successful trip for his side.

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Hooker Benjamin Kayser believes victory against the All Blacks on Saturday would make the French team's tour of New Zealand a success.

The series is gone but Kayser stressed determination remained in the French team to make a mark in New Plymouth.

"We want to make the most of this. Honestly, if we win on Saturday, the series will be won for us," the 28-year-old said.

"It's not about putting the cup up in the air, it's about playing the All Blacks in this amazing and unique rugby culture. It's always a great moment in a season and a career.

"Yes, we have lost the series but this is still something unique and extraordinary. Some guys will never play the All Blacks again."

Kayser has had a chequered test career since breaking into the French team in 2008. He played nine tests but his stocks dipped through what he called "silly choices" as he moved around European clubs. He felt linking with New Zealand coach Vern Cotter at Clermont had re-ignited his game and he has played a further six tests this year and is likely to feature in the last match of a very long season on Saturday.

Kayser has thrived in his month here and will take home plenty of lessons with him.

"It's the best rugby culture in the world ... we can only look at it and try and learn a lot from the world champions," Kayser said.

"The All Blacks aren't the biggest - some of them are the fastest - but they are just truly efficient. From a forward's point of view, they adapt to the ball well.

"The lineout drills they do are extremely simple but they are done with a lot of speed and precision. That is something we can take back to European rugby.

"Scrummaging as well, I don't think they are the most powerful. Keeping my feet on the ground and being very humble, I really think we can be more powerful than them. But what they have is great reactivity and fantastic timing in everything they do."

For France to win on Saturday, Kayser said they would have to limit their mistakes and be more ruthless with the All Blacks who had shown a remarkable ability to make something out of nothing in the 30-nil win in Christchurch last Saturday.

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