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- International Match
- 10th Nov 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade de France, Paris
- Att: 80,000
France v Australia - Live
Full-time France 33 Australia 6.
80 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.
78 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.
75 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 33-6. Les Marseillais rings out as Parra lands another penalty. A real battering by Les Bleus.
73 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.
71 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.
68 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.
66 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.
65 PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 26-6. No problem for Michalak, on form and giving France a 20 point lead.
65 More dominance at the scrum from France, the Wallabies splintered and crushed. Nigel Owens speaks to both captains and Michalak goes for goal.
63 Thomas Domingo held up just short of the line, five metre scrum to Les Bleus.
62 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.
60 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.
58 Australia looking to hit back but they've been outmuscled all night in Paris. It looks set to be a long November.
54 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.
53 A brilliant turnover from France but neither side really making the most of the possession. Until now...
51 Pat McCabe hits up and gets hit back by France; Australia inevitably knock on again.
50 Benjamin Kayser and Thomas Domingo both on for France.
48 Australia creating opportunities in the French half but Nyanga covers the ball, looking for the steal. Scrum Australia.
47 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.
43 Nyanga with a burst up the left but the breakdown is a mess and Australia turn it over to hisses and boos from the crowd. Chip and chase from Beale and France knock on.
41 An offload from Picamoles sends France away, Nyanga and Fofana combining but the ball goes forward.
40 Michalak starts the second half off and France have possession in Australia's 22. Fritz somehow keeps the ball infield as France build the phases, the Wallabies forcing them back.
Half-time France 16 Australia 6.
40 Huge cheer from the crowd as Nigel Owens calls half-time. Australia creaking at the scrum and France taking their chances well. Big second half ahead for Robbie Deans.
39 DROP GOAL, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 16-6. Great pressure and the ball comes back to Michalak, who strokes the ball through the uprights.
39 France almost cruelly stripping the ball at the breakdown from Australia and now Les Bleus charge forward. Forestier chargers through, supported by Papé. Powerful bursts across the field from France, as Picamoles bustles through.
36 PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 13-6. No problems for Michalak as the gap stretches to seven. Half-time looming.
35 Switch pass from Michalak and Fofana comes into the game. Penalty to France, Kepu not rolling away, and a shot at goal for Michalak.
33 Picamoles with a burst up field, reaching the 22 but now it's Forestier with an error, knocking on to give Australia a scrum.
31 More strength from France at the scrum, Polota-Nau penalised. A rare piece of French territory gives them an opportunity to attack.
29 Wallabies on the attack again, a driving maul coming to a halt before the ball goes wide. Once more, Australia knock on. Frustrating for Robbie Deans.
28 Wallaby pressure in the France 22, using the forwards to keep it tight. Beale tries to dance through a gap but France again turn the ball over, clearing away.
26 Scrappy play from both sides until Australia break down the left with Harris. Vincent Clerc gets the ball and dances away from some tackles before clearing away.
22 Vincent Clerc penalised for taking out Nathan Sharpe, Australia clear to the half-way line. Another penalty, this time against Nyanga, puts the Wallabies inside the French 22.
21 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, HARRIS! 10-6. Easy strike for the Queensland Reds player and Australia close the gap.
19 Slice from Dulin gives Australia another lineout in the France 22. Drive from Ashley-Cooper, Polota-Nau carrying it on. Advantage given and they win the penalty right in front.
17 Australian scrum in the 22 but another pass goes forward, poor execution from the Wallabies. Scrum to Les Bleus.
16 Loose ball for France at the breakdown and Tapuai clears, finding touch in the France 22.
15 French scrum in midfield and they break down the left hand side through Dulin. Brass band in full flow as France change the point of attack, Szarzewski making ground.
12 TRY, FRANCE, PICAMOLES! 10-3. So simple for France. Big scrum and number eight Louis Picamoles just strolls in for the score.
11 Huge drive from the French pack and France win another penalty just short of the try line. Another scrum. Ominous for the Wallabies.
9 More trouble for Australia, turned over at the breakdown Nicolas Mas takes France to the 5m line. Knocked on, but France win a free kick at the scrum and opt to pack down again.
7 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, HARRIS! 3-3. Australia once more driving into French territory and they get the penalty, straight in front from 35 metres out. Mike Harris makes no mistake.
6 Good attack from Australia through Nick Cummins down the left, but France turn the ball over and clear once more.
4 PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 3-0. Palu pinged for offside and Michalak gets the scoreboard ticking over.
3 Drop goal attempt from Dulin is way off target. Wasted chance for Les Bleus.
2 Loose kick from Fritz and Australia attack but go nowhere, intense pressure forcing them back. The ball is turned over and France drive forward in the Australian 22.
1 Early territory for Australia doesn't last long as France clear their lines. Brice Dulin with a good catch as France start to attack.
Kick-off Both anthems taken care of, it's time to get started. Crisp night in Paris, let's hope for a classic. Kurtley Beale gets us underway.
Weather 9°Celcius in Paris with clouds above. Little chance of rain with a prominent north-easterly wind.
Team News Australia continue with Kurtley Beale at fly-half after impressing against the All Blacks. Nick Cummins starts on the left wing with promising Michael Hooper named at openside flanker. Veteran Nathan Sharpe captains the side.
Team News Lots of new faces for France but an old head starts at fly-half, Frederic Michalak returning to steer the ship. Brice Dulin starts at full-back, with Maxime Machenaud and Jocelino Suta also involved. Pascal Papé is captain.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade de France for what should be a thrilling clash between France against Australia.
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