We will follow England way, says Lopez

France fly-half says the victory by Eddie Jones's men showed them how to tame the USA.

KUMAMOTO, 28 Sep - Camille Lopez is ready to look across the English Channel to help France win their Rugby World Cup match against the USA at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on Wednesday.

On Thursday night, Lopez and the France squad watched as England defeated the Eagles 45-7.

After seeing Eddie Jones's side storm home with seven tries, Lopez is confident Les Bleus can produce the same level of intensity.

"What we saw reassured us we are on the right track," Lopez said. "The English played as we would expect, with lots of kicking, pressure and territory.

"That's something we can take inspiration from if we want to put them (USA) in difficulty and under pressure, so that we can keep them in their own half, and have the ball, whether it's from our set pieces or on the counter-attack."

Lopez was France’s hero in their opening match against Argentina at Tokyo Stadium when his 70th-minute drop goal, above, sealed  a 23-21 victory.

The Clermont Auvergne fly-half used his experience to steady France’s nerves after the Pumas fought back from 20-3 down to lead 21-20.

Jacques Brunel’s side ended the match having conceded 14 penalties and Lopez is aware that they need to improve their discipline if they are to make the quarter-finals.

"Normally in a match like that you pay dearly, and you don't win," Lopez said. "Now it's up to us to correct our game, which wasn't working against Argentina.

"The important thing for us is to be clean and effective with our game - to not go to pieces. We have to apply ourselves and stay structured if we want to cause them difficulty."

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