There was no hint of mind games when head coach Adam Griggs suggested that France will pose a different test to Wales when Ireland welcome Les Bleus to Energia Park this weekend (live on RTÉ 2, kick-off 2.15pm).

A 45-0 demolition job in Cardiff has confidence flowing in camp ahead of Saturday's game, but a win over a team that put 53 points on the hapless Welsh the previous week will be a tall order indeed.

Ranked fourth in the world and England's main rivals in the Six Nations, they have finished outside the top two in the competition just twice since 2010, with three titles in that period.

Add in third-place in the last two World Cups, a 30-point winning margin on their last game against the women in green, plus resources to dwarf those at Ireland’s disposal, then there is no fear of complacency despite the morale-boosting win last weekend.

"They have threats across the park," Griggs tells RTÉ Sport. "You look at [Pauline] Bourdon at nine and [Caroline] Boujard on the wing, two players that I think we have to make sure we keep a lid on early on.

Pauline Bourdon is a key figure for France

"We have to target slowing down their ball. If they get early ball, they are really dangerous on attack."

"For us in attack, it’s about being patient and earning that right to play.

We're really excited to see where we are at in our journey

"I think we overplayed a few times last week, and that’s maybe how the game opened up, but I know this week will be a different test, so we have to stay patient before we look to expose them out wide, if we can.

"We have spoken about testing ourselves against world class opposition and we’re really excited to see where we are at in our journey and see how we match up."

A 31-point lead at the interval is unlikely to be repeated this weekend, though Griggs isn’t unduly worried by the drop-off in the second-half against Wales given the rustiness of the players.

"I think that’s natural, we haven’t played in a long time," but he has ear-marked the 10 minutes either side of the break as crucial to their game management.

Not surprisingly, Griggs has opted to keep faith with the side that performed so well in Cardiff and believes what the coaches are trying to put across in training is beginning to bear fruit.

A lack of game time during the pandemic has been acutely felt at times, but it has allowed Griggs put more of an imprint on the players, with around 20 camps since the Covid breakout.

In the restructured Six Nations format, the winner of the Donnybrook encounter will top Pool B having both defeated Wales, with holders England finishing on top of a Pool A that contained Italy and Scotland.

The winners of each pool will face each other for the title on a finals day on 24 April. On the same day second play second, and third play third.

Parsons and her fellow backs may have fewer opportunities out wide on Saturday, but there are no fears among the coaching staff that the new-look team could in some way be overawed by the challenge.

As far as Griggs is concerned, the responsibility lies with him and his backroom team to sharpen the focus on the job at hand.

"We certainly tried to keep their feet on the ground [after Wales victory] and there were plenty of things when we reviewed the footage from the weekend we can be better at. It’s about driving those messages to the players.

"If we can focus on the parts of the game we want to improve, I have no reason [to believe] we won’t be competitive and put France under the pump.

"It’s the messaging around the small parts of the game we can be better at. That’s focusing on ourselves."

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