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Ful-time The Wallabies have completed an absolute annihilation of their hosts tonight, with Marc Lièvremont's men thoroughly embarrassed. The French where on top in the scrums but that was it as the men from Down Under attacked with purpose and precision that was delightful to watch. Barnes, Ashley-Cooper, Beale and Mitchell all deserve a mention for their moments of brilliance while the pack too performed well in the loose. Robbie Deans' men end their international season on a high, but for Lièvremont there is plenty to ponder.
80 O'Connor fails with the conversion out wide and as the final whistle is blown the jeers from the crowd grow even louder.
79 TRY, O'CONNOR, 59-16. Just to rub salt into the wounds, O'Connor adds a five pointer to his haul for tonight. The ball is moved swiftly through the hands before Beale draws the last man and O'Connor races down the touchline and over in the corner.
77 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 54-16. The 20-year-old adds the extras, the sixth time tonight.
76 TRY, MITCHELL, 52-16. Elsom looks to have brought up the Australian half-century as a super cross kick from Cooper bounces over the head of Mitchell and into the hands of Elsom. The skipper dives over but somehow Rougerie manages to dislodge the ball from his hands, the ball rolls backwards and Mitchell completes his hat-trick!
74 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 47-16. The embarrassing scoreline is extended as by yet another O'Connor conversion.
73 TRY, MITCHELL, 45-16. Mitchell gets his second! Pocock bashes the ball up well before it's spread wide and Ashley-Cooper puts in the little grubber which is collected by Mitchell who raises his arm in triumph and runs under the posts.
72 PENALTY, O'CONNOR, 40-16. O'Connor looks like he can knock these over in his sleep now.
71 A great little grubber into space from Beale puts Parra under pressure but the French are able to work the ball through a few phases before Masis penalised for not releasing the ball.
67 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 37-16. O'Connor makes no mistake, adding the extra two points.
66 TRY, MITCHELL, 35-16. Traille looks for men on his shoulder but unlike the Quade Cooper he doesn't have anyone running off him. The fly-half is driven back and position is turned over. The ball is spread well and Beale draws his man and gives Mitchell just enough space to sprint over.
65 That will have Lièvremont tearing his hair out as the resulting line-out isn't thrown in straight. A big moment for Scott Higginbottom as he comes on for his Test debut, he had a storming season from the Queensland Reds in the Super 14.
64 Porical chips the ball over O'Connor and crashes to the ground, the crowd roars for the penalty but the ref isn't interested. He does blow in the French favour a moment later as the Australians are penalsied at the ruck. Parra goes for touch.
61 PENALTY, O'CONNOR, 30-16.Another big hit this time from Barnes and as the ball is dislodge a French player in front of the ball collects it and he's penalised for being off-side. it's all falling apart a bit for France as O'Connor adds three more points, he's striking the ball beautifully now.
59 A massive hit from Robinson on Parra sees the scrum-half knock the ball forward. The prop will love that one. It's France who are penalised at the scrum this time but the Australians can't find touch with the penalty.
58 Again Ashley-Cooper straightens the line well, Barnes puts in the grubber and Porical is forced into touch as Mitchell chases it down. Moore's throw at the line-out isn't straight though. In a scene we've seen before, Australia are penalsied for not going in straight at the scrum and France clear their lines.
56 France go on the attack but are penalised for two indiscretions at one ruck! In from the side and holding on says referee Lawrence.
54 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 27-16. O'Connor adds two more to the score as the visitors begin to build a handy lead.
54 TRY, GENIA, 25-16. Australia look to be building up a head of steam as Ashley-Cooper bursts through the line twice in a matter of moments. Genia is there to pick it up from the ruck a few meters back and with all eyes on the runners the scrum-half slices through with the most obvious of dummies.
50 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 20-16. O'Connor brings his Test ton up as he adds the extras.
49 TRY, ROBINSON, 18-16. The Australian scrum stands firm and Mitchell is brought into the attack. McCalman drives forward and gets within inches of the line. Elsom and Ashley-Cooper both get with in a sniff of the whitewash before Robinson crashes over
48 For once it's France who are penalised at scrum time, this time for an early engagement. O'Connor comes off his wing and enters the line on the left to great effect. Cooper makes some ground on the opposite end of the field as the ball flies through the Wallaby hands. Pocock and Mitchell both edge closer tot he line but play is called to a halt as the ball fails to emerge from a ruck. Scrum to Australia.
46 The French aren't having the best of days with the boot, they aren't really clearing the ball with much effect. An up and under from the Australians is knocked on by the home side although it looked a bit like Pocock may have knocked it on first.
42 PENALTY, PARRA, 16-13. Simmons is penalised for not rolling away and Parra whacks one over from about 35 meters out. Marc Andreu is on the field in place of Alexis Palisson.
41 And the second-half is underway with Australia back to their full compliment of 15 as McCalman comes back onto the field but Alexander remains off, replaced by Robinson.
Half-time The scores are level as we head into the break and it's perhaps an apt reflection of the game thus far. The French have proofed correct the pre-match perception that they would dominate up front with a powerful performance. The Wallaby scrum has been under severe pressure again tonight and it's deficiencies resulted in both a penalty try and a yellow card for Ben Alexander. However, the Australians have looked lethal on attack at times, with some great running with the ball and some deft kicks making life difficult for the French defence.
40 Mitchell is again prominent in attack but the French defense stands firm. A super little kick through from Genia sees Porical under pressure on his own line but the ball is cleared and that's half-time.
39 Simmons bursts down the centre of the field with two French defenders hanging on for dear life, the ball is spread wide but Cooper knocks it on.
38 The Wallabies scrum again allows the French a chance to clear their lines as free kick is awarded. Parra doesn't find touch and the Australians attack.
36 Another great attacking move from the Wallabies nearly pays dividends once more as Kurtley Beale delivers a great little grubber that Mitchell shows great pace to collect, he spins through some French defence but Traille comes across to to apply the pressure needed to force Mitchell to spill the ball as he reaches for the try line. McCalman is sacrificed as prop Benn Robinson is brought off the bench with Alexander in the bin.
35 The Wallabies are awarded a free-kick on the fifteen meter line after an infringement at the line-out. They bash it up but some great work by Dusautoir sees the ball turned over and cleared. An early change in the front row with Servat replaced by Guirado
33 Quade Cooper cleverly finds some space behind the French line, sticking the ball in the far right corner. He's a great runner there's no doubt about that, but the number ten demonstrates there that he's got a good head on him too.
31 CONVERSION, PARRA, 13-13. Parra slots the conversion and the scores are level.
30 YELLOW CARD, ALEXANDER. It gets worse for Australia though as prop James Slipper is given a yellow card for the continued infringements.
30 PENALTY TRY, 11-13. They go down again and Bryce Lawrence awards the penalty try and rightly so!
29 Oh boy, another penalty against the Aussie scrum as Ben Alexander pulls down the bind, it was as clear as day and as France call for another scrum you feel a penalty try may be a possible end to this. The Australians are penalised again as the front row pops up under pressure from Servat and co.
27 France look threatening as they maul the ball up for the line-out, and while play breaks down when it's handed to the backs they go back for a penalty five meters out.
26 Poor kicking again from Mitchell as Sharpe takes the restart outside the twenty-two, the ball is cleared back to the winger who hoofs the ball out all the way to the halfway line but they come back to ten meters from the Wallabies line instead!
24 PENALTY, O'CONNOR, 13-6. France are conceding penalties early in every Australian foray into their twenty-two and again it's for offside and referee Lawrence gives Dusautoir a thorough explanation of how the players aren't getting behind the back feet at the ruck. O'Connor slots it over from a similar spot from where he missed earlier.
22 Some good attacking play from the Wallabies as they move the ball forward well from a line-out on the ten meter line. Pocock and Sharpe carry the ball well before a grubber through from Beale is cleared into touch.
20 PENALTY, PARRA, 6-10. No mistake from Parra this time.
19 Chabal burst into space and offloads to Servat who barrages up the field, the ball is spread to the backs and then back through the forwards before Barnes is penalised for a high tackle on Ouedraogo.
17 Rougerie shows great commitment to charge down a Mitchell clearing kick, that's the sort of thing the French are going to need. The number thirteen's hard work pays dividends when the Australia are penalised at a ruck in front of their posts. Parra somehow manages to miss the quick and the Wallabies clear as it rebounds off the upright.
13 PENALTY, O'CONNOR, 10-3. O'Connor makes amends for his early miss as a big hit from Alexander on the French twenty-two results in a turnover, the Wallabies swing it wide and Bryce Lawrence's are immediately goes out for advantage. It;s offside again and the youngster adds the three points.
11 Australia have an opportunity to hit back straight away as Dusautoir is peanlised for offside but O'Connor can't take advantage of the penalty to the left of the uprights.
9 PENALTY, PARRA, 3-7. France are penalised for accidental offside and the much-criticised Australian scrum is called into play. A penalty is immediately conceded by the Wallabies and Morgan Parra slots it over.
5 CONVERSION, O'CONNOR, 7-0. O'Connor makes no mistake adding the extras an France are on the back foot from the start.
4 TRY, ASHLEY-COOPER, 5-0. A superb attack results in the opening try! A planned move from the line-out sees James O'Connor brought into the line at great pace, he draws the full-back at offloads to Ashley-Cooper who is over under the posts!
3 After an exchange of kicksTraille is caught in his twenty-two by Kurtley Beale and the clearing kick sets up a line-out halfway between the twenty-two and ten minute line.
2 Australia are on the attack early, but after moving from one side of the field to the other there is a breakdown in communication and Quade Cooper loses the ball forward. Australia are penalised for an early engagement and the French set off in attack
Ready to go Bryce Lawrence blows his whistle and we're underway.
A sign of respect A minutes silence is being observed in memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives in New Zealand recently. A great show of solidarity between the Australians and their neighbours across the Tasmin.
Anthems Please stand for the anthems!
Australian team news After an impressive afternoon with the boot last time out, Berrick Barnes has kept his place at number twelve ahead of Matt Giteau. The Wallabies welcome back James O'Connor and Will Genia who missed the match against ITaly due to personal leave and injury respectively.
French team news Lionel Nallet has lost his race to be fit for this clash, with a back problem forcing the former skipper out. Jerome Thion comes in to take his place with Romain Millo-Chluski called up to the bench. Imanol Harinordoquy is the big name absent from the French squad today, with the number eight dropped in the same week he was named as one of the IRB nominees for player of the year! Fulgence Ouedraogo (flank) and Jerome Porical (full-back) are back for the Les Bleus.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade de France for this exciting clash between France and Australia.
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