France 33 - 6 Australia

Match info: International at Stade de France, Paris

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 20:00 Att: 80,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesPicamoles (13) Fofana (55) Penalty (65)ConversionsMichalak (13, 55, 65)PenaltiesMichalak (5, 37) Parra (76)Drop GoalsMichalak (40)



PenaltiesHarris (9, 22)

FT (ht: 16-6)

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  • France 33 Australia 6.

  • Typically, the ball is knocked on by Australia and it's a first win in seven years for France over the Wallabies. Les Bleus were dominant throughout, Australia's execution incredibly poor. Robbie Deans feeling the heat.

  • Australia win a scrum against the head, looking for a consolation score and a ray of hope ahead of Twickenham. Debaty pounces for the turnover and Trinh-Duc clears.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 33-6. Les Marseillais rings out as Parra lands another penalty. A real battering by Les Bleus.

  • Australia off their feet at the breakdown, more Wallaby pressure coming to no avail. No security at the breakdown for Australia, unable to handle France's aggression.

  • Australia's hands are their own worst enemy - a knock on and then an interception costing them attacking opportunities. They don't give up and Beale runs a mesmerising line, only for it to come to nothing.

  • Samo with a break for Australia, French defence sorely tested. Many phases later France turn the ball over but fail to clear and Dulin gets caught, Australia turning it back over right on the try line. It goes to the TMO but there's no clear evidence and Australia have the scrum.

  • Boos ring out as Nyanga is illegally dumped into the turf by Rob Simmons, time off as Nigel Owens makes his decision. Number missed, French penalty.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 26-6. No problem for Michalak, on form and giving France a 20 point lead.

  • More dominance at the scrum from France, the Wallabies splintered and crushed. Nigel Owens speaks to both captains and Michalak goes for goal.

  • Thomas Domingo held up just short of the line, five metre scrum to Les Bleus.

  • Berrick Barnes on to add some control for the Wallabies. Up and under and a brilliant take from Huget. Ball comes left to Fofana who feeds Dulin, heading into the 22. Great hands from Nyanga keeps the move alive.

  • Another penalty against the Wallabies at the scrum, story of the match. French lineout falls to Papé and Picamoles again is there to rampage up the middle.

  • Australia looking to hit back but they've been outmuscled all night in Paris. It looks set to be a long November.

  • TRY, FRANCE, FOFANA! 23-6. A wasteful kick from Beale falls to Michalak who dances through the space and feeds Fofana for the try down the right wing.

  • A brilliant turnover from France but neither side really making the most of the possession. Until now...

  • Pat McCabe hits up and gets hit back by France; Australia inevitably knock on again.

  • Benjamin Kayser and Thomas Domingo both on for France.

  • Australia creating opportunities in the French half but Nyanga covers the ball, looking for the steal. Scrum Australia.

  • More French dominance at the scrum - a familiar tale for Australia as Florian Fritz steps up to take the shot at goal. Miles wide though from Fritz.


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