BEN KAY, in association with Tetley's, Official Beer of England Rugby, files the latest of his Rugby World Cup columns

WE knew we were going to be in for a battle against Wales after their fantastic performance against the All Blacks.

In the first half, I felt that perhaps we panicked a bit under pressure, which is very unlike us.

At times, I think we were caught in two minds as to how we were playing and we didn't offer Jonny Wilkinson any options out wide. We turned a bit too much ball over and, from my point of view, the line-out didn't function well.

We went in at half-time with Wales 10-3 in front. The message at that stage was that we just needed to build the score and get down into their half and try to make them give away penalties. For one of their tries, the ball was kicked over towards the right wing where I was out on my own with three of their guys.

To be honest, without blaming anyone, it was a kick that wasn't on and it left me with Shane Williams - one of the fastest and most elusive runners in world rugby - to try to tackle in 50 metres of space. It was a mis-take, but we live to fight another day.

Mike Catt had a great game and helped turn things around in the second half. The players were delighted for Catty - he's very popular in the squad. He had a big scare this week with a neck injury, which we thought could have been more serious than it was. He was stretchered off to hospital so it was great for him to come on and play that well.

We're into the last four now and we've not been playing that well. We are going to make sure our form improves - it will have to when we face France in the semi-finals in Sydney on Sunday.

Some might say that France going into the game as favourites on current form will take a bit of the pressure off us. I think we have put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

Usually we perform very well under pres-sure, but that was not necessarily the case against Wales. I don't think it's a big factor anyway.

Against France, it will come down to who plays the best on the day - and if everything goes to plan, it will be us.

When France beat us in Paris in the Six Nations in 2002, everyone had been saying that they didn't stand a chance.

We've just got to go out there on Sunday and put a performance together - and hopefully, we will be underdogs.