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- International Match
- 16th Nov 2013
- KO 17:00
- Ground: Stade de France, Paris
- Att: 19,968
France v Tonga - Live
80 FRANCE 38-18 TONGA
80 TRY, TONGA, VAINIKOLO! 38-16: Outstanding finish from the Exeter Chiefs winger Vainikolo, his second of the match and ninth in 11 matches for Tonga. France comfortable winners but will be frustrated at conceding late on in an intensely physical battle that spilled over at the start of the second half. All over in Le Havre and a first win in November for Les Bleus.
77 French scrum inside their own half - spun around by Tonga reversing the put-in. Visitors looking to finish on a high in Le Havre.
75 TRY, FRANCE, KAYSER! 38-11: Driving maul from Les Bleus seems to be unstoppable as they crash over the try line! TMO checking the score, it looks to be Kayser at the bottom. The score is given! France's fifth try is converted by Michalak for a handsome looking scoreboard.
73 Pelissie on for his France debut as the hosts launch a wide attack down the left hand side, putting Tonga under pressure once again. Dusautoir replaced.
71 Guitoune with an excellent run down the right touchline, putting France back in the opposition half. Tapped penalty from Parra who fires a wide pass to Guitoune, but the debutant is in touch. Tonga lineout.
69 Pass to Piutau is loose and France capitalise, but then Debaty has the ball stolen by Piutau who kicks long downfield, the ball eventually bouncing out into touch in the France 22. Good recovery from the Perpignan man.
67 Bastareaud thunders over Piukala off the lineout before Tonga win the penalty at the breakdown.
65 Tongan lineout just about falls their way on the far side as Lopez and Bastareaud prepare to come on. Fine work by Dusautoir turns over the ball at the breakdown right on the halfway line. France kick into the corner.
63 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 31-11: An extra three from Parra open up a 20-point gap for Les Bleus as we continue in the final quarter.
60 Tonga running up to halfway but concede a penalty, Tales kicking into the corner. Driving maul from France causing Tonga all sorts of problems, Fofana now with the ball looking for space. Advantage to France, nothing coming so we come back for the penalty.
57 TRY, TONGA, VAINIKOLO! 28-11: Moa out to make up for his indiscretion by running hard at the French defence. Lilo hit back five metres out, space out wide and Vainikolo scores in the left corner! Just reward for plenty of possession and Tonga have their first try. 'Apikotoa misses the conversion.
55 Guitoune's high kick causes problems but then Tonga win a penalty at the breakdown. Tempers still high as 'Apikotoa kicks into the corner.
53 Tongan lineout inside France territory. Too long and Le Roux gathers, but Fickou knocks on so Tonga attack through a Vainikolo kick that rolls into touch.
50 TRY, FRANCE, DULIN! 28-6: Thundering scrum from France who have a penalty and go quick. Fofana and Fickou combine as France are stopped short, out wide to the right for Dulin who scores! Well-timed pass from Guitoune committing the defence there. Parra converts.
47 Tonga turned over at the ruck and France are in space down the left with Medard, but it comes to nothing. Moa back on for Tonga so each side has 14. All-new front row come on for France.
45 'Apikotoa takes his time and his kick then drops short of the posts. France to drop out.
43 High drama at the start of the second half as both teams are reduced. France attacking before Tonga turn the ball over at a ruck and win a penalty. Going for goal.
41 RED CARDS, FRANCE AND TONGA, MAESTRI AND TAUMALOLO! It's all flared up in La Havre! Fists flying and Taumalolo looks to be in trouble for a late hit and then throws a series of punches on Maestri. The Toulouse lock also throws a few punches himself back on Taumalolo, so the TMO is deciding on the right course of action. Both players are sent off! Tonga temporarily down to 13.
41 'Apikotoa starts the second half for Tonga, who have to make the most of their chances after letting too many slip away in the first 40.
40 FRANCE 21-6 TONGA
40 TRY, FRANCE, CHOULY! 21-6: France opt for the scrum five metres out. Thunderous drive with a wheel to the right and the ball is there at the base for Chouly to pick up and score his first try for his country. Parra converts and after a tricky middle 20 minutes, France are up by 15 points and will start the second half against 14 men. An uphill struggle for Tonga awaits.
40 YELLOW CARD, TONGA, MOA! Taione comes round the side of the ruck and concedes a dangerous penalty considering the position near to his own line. Play stopped as the replays show a nasty elbow from Moa on Szarzewski, and the Tongan number nine is sent to the bin!
38 France need a spark and it comes from Fickou's break down the right. Ball then comes wide to the left but Fofana almost has too much time and is tackled just short. Offside penalty and Les Bleus go quick, one metre short. Can they score?
37 PENALTY, TONGA, 'APIKOTOA! 14-6: Visitors within eight points of the lead as 'Apikotoa adds his second penalty.
35 Rare period of possession for France concludes with a knock-on. Tonga attack once more, Moa causing issues, with an advantage being played as France go offside. Dusautoir the man at fault and 'Apikotoa will go for goal.
33 Promising break from Piutau but his kick goes too far and Dulin clears. Tonga attacking from the lineout, Lilo rushed up on but Guitoune to send the Islanders backwards, but they play on. Vainikolo brushing off tackles and Tonga are into the 22 before Fickou wins the penalty. Tonga enjoying all the possession in the last ten minutes.
31 PENALTY, TONGA, 'APIKOTOA! 11-3: 'Apikotoa's kick creeps over the posts as he brings up 150 points for his country. The visitors are on the board.
30 Tongan lineout on halfway, penalty won at the breakdown as Dusautoir is pinged for not rolling away.
28 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 14-0: Tonga offend at the lineout and Parra adds his third penalty of the first half with a sublime strike straight down the middle.
26 Won at the tail but Tonga forced to scamper back, ball knocked on by France trying to win it back. Advantage over though and France win it at the breakdown. Bastareaud on as a blood replacement for Fickou.
24 Tuineau wins the ball at the lineout for Tonga, who are building possession now in the first half. France infringe again, this time for offside, with 'Apikotoa kicking into touch. Tonga lineout in the red zone.
22 Lokotui gets back to fall on the bouncing ball from France's clearance, and the Islanders win a penalty at the breakdown. Stoppage in play as Fickou is treated and then Tonga go quick with this all-action tempo. Back to the France 22, but the ball comes loose into the hands of Guitoune, onto Fofana who kicks into touch.
20 Advantage to France as Tonga pull down a maul, Tales finding touch just outside the 22 on the far side. Off the top from Chouly, Fickou loses the ball though in the tackle. Tonga held within their own half as they maintain possession, Moa sucking in defenders. Great chance for Lilo but he can't deliver the final pass and France clear.
19 Good offload from Lilo under the high ball, offloading to Lilo and as Tonga look to attack down the left through Vainikolo. Forced into touch, France lineout.
17 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 11-0: Straight through from Parra as France capitalised on a fast start. The hosts look very promising early on.
16 Strong scrum again from Les Bleus wins them a penalty, Parra this time going for goal.
14 'Apikotoa's kick comes back off the post and France counter, Medard's clever kick combining with Dulin. France though lose the ball and Tonga try to break clear before knocking on. French scrum, Ouedraogo replaced by Le Roux.
12 Good turnover at the ruck with Taumalolo carrying up. Wide pass to Helu who comes back in avoiding the touchline. Lokotui charges up the left as Tonga push the holes in the defence, Lilo up the middle. Advantage to the visitors as they reach the France 22, huge numbers out wide but the pass is intercepted by Guitoune. No advantage and 'Apikotoa will go for goal.
10 Lineout to the tail is won by Tonga, who clear their lines. Dulin cuts through the defence to put France on the attack. Fofana cuts inside but loses the ball and Latu hacks clear.
8 Vahaamahina gathers a high kick but there's no advantage for France, so we'll come back for a Tonga knock-on. Powerful scrum controlled by Chouly at the base. Reset, but it's the same story at the next scrum and France win a penalty. Into the corner from Tales.
6 TRY, FRANCE, GUITOUNE! 8-0: Superb score from Les Bleus. Good lineout ball and Fofana sucks the defence into the middle, before Tales chips across the field to Guitoune who scores his first try on debut! Excellent finish and the try is awarded by the TMO. Parra misses the conversion.
4 Box kick from Parra is gathered by Vainikolo, but the Exeter man is then clattered into touch. France lineout secured by Vahaamahina - maul brought to the ground and France win a second penalty. Wide out on the left, Tales prods it into the corner.
3 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 3-0: Simple enough for Parra and France take a very early lead.
1 Scything break from Dulin puts France on the attack. Big hit from Piutau and then Mas loses the ball forward, Tonga countering. Ball won back, Parra chips but is blocked and France have the penalty.
With the Sipi Tau complete, we're set to begin. Remi Tales gets us underway!
A clear evening in Le Havre as France look to complete revenge for their Rugby World Cup loss two years ago. Anthems complete, Tonga will now perform the haka.
Perpignan duo centre Sione Piukala and prop Alisona Taumalolo both start along with number eight Opeti Fonua from the Top 14, with another four of the seven French-based players in Tonga's XV playing in the second division.
Exciting Perpignan finisher Sofiane Guitoune gets his first ever cap while talented teenage Toulouse centre Gael Fickou is at 13.
Hello and welcome to Le Havre where France face off against Pacific Island opposition in the form of Tonga.
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