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Warburton thrilled with win

Captain Sam Warburton was delighted as Wales revived their Six Nations title defence with a 27-6 win over previously-unbeaten France.

Tries from George North and Warburton in either half were deserved reward for a determined performance in Cardiff.

Warburton admitted his side had felt obliged to prove their credentials after they were soundly beaten by Ireland two weeks ago, which had left serious question marks over their defence.

"That was exactly the reaction we were looking for," he told BBC1.

"We knew we had it in us. To do it in front of a home crowd was awesome."

Warburton suggested that some of his team-mates had feared their international careers were in jeopardy ahead of the match, as they came under criticism following the defeat in Dublin.

"That was the motivation," he said.

"We said in the week that we don't want to take our places for granted.

"In the past two weeks it is probably the hardest we have worked in a long time."

Prop Gethin Jenkins was named man of the match after he was a pivotal part of a Wales pack that unexpectedly outmuscled the French.

"It was a tough two weeks," he said.

"We were excited to get back out on field and prove we are a good team and win.

"A lot of harsh words have been spoken and we had to deliver - especially the front five.

"The coaches gave us a kick up the backside."