France 22 - 14 Samoa

Match info: International at Stade de France, Paris

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 17:00

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesMichalak (19)ConversionsMichalak (20)PenaltiesParra (36) Michalak (58, 62, 72, 77)



TriesLemi (15) Tekori (42)ConversionsPisi (16, 42)

FT (ht: 10-7)

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  • France 22 Samoa 14

  • Michalak gets a chance to add the final nail in Samoa's coffin when Jeremy Su'a is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground. His effort is short of the cross-bar and Samoa try to launch a counter-attack. They make little headway and when a handling error is committed, the referee brings proceedings to a close. It's been a hard-fought win for France but Samoa can hold their heads high and they've shown once again that they are capable of matching some of the superpowers in world rugby.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 22-14. Michalak secures the win for the visitors afterTaiasina Tuifua is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

  • Samoa are trying desperately to get back into this match. Tekori runs onto a pass from Fotuali'i inside France's half but the hosts do well to keep him in check with a big hit from Yoann Maestri

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK1 19-14. Michalak puts more daylight between his side and the visitors with a well taken penalty!

  • Yoann Huget receives the ball in space and sets off towards the corner. He is kept in check by Lilomaiava who bumdles him into touch.

  • Tivaini Fomai plays the ball with his hand at a scrum and Maxime Machenaud puts France on the attack with a kick which goes into touch inside Samoa's 22.

  • Samoa are once again on the attack inside France's 22 but lose momentum when Leota throws a forward pass to Robert Lilomaiava.

  • Pisi gets a chance to put his side back in front when Wesley Fofana is pinned for not releasing Faatiga Lemalu in the tackle. Pisi's effort goes wide of the uprights and France gain a reprieve.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 16-14. France regain the lead when Michalak adds the three-pointer after Tekori is pinned for an infringement at a maul.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK1 13-14. Michalak narrows the gap to one point after Samoa are penalised for a scrum infringement.

  • France are trying to strike back but Vincent Clerc knocks on a pass from Parra inside Samoa's half.

  • Tusi Pisi gathers the ball under great pressure and is knocked backwards by a huge hit from Louis Picamoles.

  • Dimitri Szarzewski carries strongly but he is knocked back by a big hit from Fotuali'i! Samoa win a turnover and David Lemi puts them onto the front-foot with a kick which rolls into touch inside France's 22!

  • Fotuali'i beats Nicolas Mas with a deft side-step and he is eventually brought to ground deep inside France's 22!

  • Parra launches a bomb but Fotuali'i does well to gather it under tremendous pressure. The ball is recycled and Samoa are back on the attack!

  • CONVERSION, SAMOA, T PISI! 10-14. Pisi pushes his side further in front with a well-taken spot-kick!

  • TRY, SAMOA, TEKORI! 10-12. Samoa regain the lead when second row Joe Tekori barges over from close quarters!

  • Samoa are on the attack inside France's 22 after a brilliant break from Kahn Fotuali'i. The French are doing their best to keep them at bay but Samoa are hammering away at their try-line!

  • Pisi gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Michalak who hoofs it back upfield.


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