After slaying Les Bleus in Brisbane, the Wallabies are braced for a very different French beast in Melbourne.
Neither Australia coach Ewen McKenzie nor his players were getting carried away with Saturday’s 50-23 first Test win, with France set to recall a handful of their best players this week.
Inspirational captain Thierry Dusautoir, playmaker Remi Tales, giant centre Mathieu Bastareaud, star winger Maxime Medard and rampaging No.8 Louis Picamoles were all cooling their heels at Suncorp Stadium.
Their coach Philippe Saint-Andre admitted he would drastically change his side for the second Test at Etihad Stadium and all except Picamoles (hip) appear certain selections.
Saint-Andre preferred to expose several young players in the series opener rather than risk his big guns due to niggles or their late arrivals following last weekend’s Top 14 final in Paris.
And they were exposed, with an uncertain attacking game compounded by a litany of errors under immense Wallabies pressure.
“Australia were physical with a lot of urgency, and we panicked too much,” Saint-Andre said.
Halfback Morgan Parra and fullback Brice Dulin are also set for promotions after both made an impact off the bench for some late French resistance with two late tries.
“They (France) are the one team in the world that can change more than half their team and get a result in the following week,” said Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.
“We’ve seen it so many times it’s not funny.
“They have some heavyweights sitting there on the sidelines.
“It’s not as though we’ll be playing (against) the same team.
“They could come at us in a very different way.”
Wallabies halfback Nic White warned that France would take momentum from Parra’s late try and a penalty try from a scrum disintegration.
“It’s a showcase of what they can do,” White said.
“They’re a passionate side and their pride has been stung. They will come out and make up for that.”
Halves partner Bernard Foley agreed the seven-try pounding will leave a bitter taste.
“They won’t take that lightly,” he said. “They will come out steaming.”