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- International Match
- 21st Jun 2014
- KO 06:00
- Att: 43,188
Australia v France - Live
80 AUSTRALIA 39-13 FRANCE
80 Time for a final lineout as the Wallabies clear to touch. Ball won and France go wide but Dulin's kick is loose and a forward pass from Australia brings this one to a close. It's a 3-0 series win for the Wallabies over a very sorry French outfit, whose long, arduous season is now over.
79 France take the lineout and then Michalak launches a bomb, Bastareaud knocking on in a mid-air collision with Folau. Wallabies scrum under their own posts.
77 Better from France as Bastareaud beats a couple, but his kick is poor. Australia clear and then try and pounce on France at the ruck, but to no avail. Final minutes now in Sydney as France toil with possession on halfway. Penalty, kicked to touch.
74 TRY, AUSTRALIA, PHIPPS! 39-13: Australia win the penalty and kick to the corner for a catch and drive. Now wide but France are offside. Tapped by Phipps and he finds a gap to dive over and score! Foley can''t convert, his first miss of the day.
72 Poor pass from Bastareaud hands the Wallabies possession, and they now have a scrum. Time running out on a tough series for the French.
70 Machenaud tries a blindside break, but his kick just flies into touch. Wallabies go quick, just outside the France 22. Lost forward at the ruck, France scrum.
68 Australia on the attack, Beale trying to grubber through but it ricochets back up into this own hands. Foley tries to go alone as the Wallabies rack up the phases. Phipps, McCalman and Horwill - all subs - contributing as Kuridrani just knocks on trying to gather a pass.
66 TRY, FRANCE, GUIRADO! 34-13: Finally a breakthrough for Les Bleus. Maul can't be stopped from that range by the Wallabies and Guirado is at the bottom of it to score. Machenaud converts.
65 French lineout won at the tail by Le Roux. Bastareaud carries but the ball is turned over, illegally though. France kick into the corner from the penalty.
63 Nearly something special from Huget as Machenaud's box kick over his shoulder just rolls into touch before the wing can gather and score. Australia lineout just in front of their line.
61 TRY, AUSTRALIA, HOOPER! 34-6: Lamerat forced into a knock-on in the tackle from Kuridrani, handing the ball back to Australia. Wide ball to Cummins who carries well, Australia now 40 metres out. Good run from Foley, inside ball to Beale and onto the captain Hooper for the try! A score made by the Waratahs. Foley converts.
60 Penalty France at the scrum, booted long into touch. 43,188 is the official attendance at Allianz Stadium.
58 Good lineout ball this time but Foley drops White's pass and France can clear. Back come Australia, Sio running hard. Beale over halfway, Palu (who has been excellent) has another great run. Chaos as Foley ducks a tackle and his pass is nearly intercepted by Huget, before Folau recovers and his ball goes into touch! French scrum.
57 Stolen by France! Another poor Australian lineout and Machenaud with the box kick finds touch near the 22.
56 Scrappy lineout but that's because France interfered with the man in the air. Second penalty to Australia, again we go to the corner.
53 Kick behind the defence from Folau has Dulin watching it roll into touch near his own line, before taking it quick. Under pressure and Dulin gets the kick away, a good one, up to 40 metres out.
52 Pass from Folau out wide for Cummins is a bit too far ahead of him and also forward. Sloppy from Australia but they do lead by 21 points.
51 Australia playing with width, looking for gaps in the defence. Ashley-Cooper grubbers out into touch by the French 22.
50 Wallabies looking to up the tempo but they now lose the ball forward at the ruck on the far side. Stop start opening to this half.
49 Free kick France, Ouedraogo with the carry but the ball is lost forward again. France dropping likes flies as Menini now goes down.
47 Ton of phases from France but they're only going backwards until Fofana knocks on. Cleared by Australia but Fofana runs it back. Stoppage as the referee thought Fardy was out cold, but he's up and France will have the scrum.
44 It's been a miserable old tour for France, as Bonneval goes off looking in some pain. Scrum to the Wallabies on their 22, White grubbing low. Dulin counters, easily France's best player so far. France desperately for some momentum and continuity but the defence from Australia is holding firm.
42 TRY, AUSTRALIA, FOLAU! 27-6: The line from Folau! Skelton feigns a carry up the middle, draws two tacklers and hits Folau with the perfect pass for the full-back to fly over. Foley converts.
41 Foley starts off the second half. Cleared by France but Australia have the lineout. Flung wide and Bonneval is down injured. Australia building and looking for space.
AUSTRALIA 20-6 FRANCE
40 Hooter sounds before the scrum and that's half-time. Australia deservedly well ahead at the break and have more points in them to come, while France look blunt in attack and have a mountain of work to do. Second half coming up.
39 Kicking from both sides but Australia now attack, Folau bashing up over the 10-metre line. Palu having a big game and that's a big carry, but Ashley-Cooper can't bring in the pass to his wing with the sun in his eyes. Scrum.
37 Not the greatest of clearance kicks from Tales and Australia have a good platform. Loose balls and Huget hacks ahead, Cummins knocking the ball into touch. Taken quick, Fofana grubbering but Australia recover and Foley clears. Play on - Bonneval into the attack. Dropped by Menini, we'll have the scrum.
35 PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD! 20-6: Three more points for France as they wind off a minute on the clock for Slimani's sin-bin.
34 Rolling maul with Guirado at the tail. Collapsed, French penalty. Machenaud taking a shot.
32 Fine dummy from Dulin as France start again in their own half. Kicked to the Wallabies and Kuridrani runs well, but that's a French penalty for hands in the ruck. Chance for Les Bleus to get some territory.
30 Forced pass to Folau and Huget tackles him this time to force the knock on. France win the lineout, Fofana running up. Now they go wide and Bonneval skips one tackle, but Ashley-Cooper is back to haul him into touch. Good defence.
28 TRY, AUSTRALIA, FOLAU! 20-3: Toomua taps rather than going for the corner, Wallabies make the space out on the right for Folau who reaches out past Huget's tackle to score! Good pass from Toomua and good work from the dummy runners to hold the defensive line. France on the ropes. Foley converts.
27 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, SLIMANI! Hooper taking out off the ball in the build-up and he heads to the bin! France down to 14.
27 Beautiful arcing run from Folau as the Wallabies shift from right to left. Into the 22, Folau through two tacklers and trying to offload but the ball goes to ground. Time off, referee consulting his touch judge.
25 Lineout won by Maestri as Tales kicks long to Folau. Scrappy at the breakdown as Guirado twice gets involved at a ruck and on the second occasion is penalised. Toomua finds touch.
22 French scrum holds firm and then they win a penalty for a no-arm tackle from Simmons. Cleared up to the 10-metre line.
20 Knocked on by Fofana in midfield so Australia with a scrum. Wide to the right as Folau make ground. Polota-Nau charging forward on a great line, but Cummins knocks on in the tackle. France scrum near their own line.
18 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 13-3: No problem there for the Waratah and that ten-point gap is restored.
17 Australia look to hit straight back as Hooper flies up from the restart and forces Fofana into holding. Captain playing by example. Foley to take a shot.
16 PENALTY, FRANCE, DULIN! 10-3: Super attempt from the Castres man and France are on the board.
15 Good scrum from France, squeezing a penalty out of the Wallabies on halfway. Dulin will take a long-range shot.
12 Ball goes forward from the Wallaby lineout, so France with the scrum in their opposition's 22. Good platform here but the Wallabies have an 84kg advantage in the pack. Free kick to Australia, early engage from France. Toomua clears.
10 Net gain for the Wallabies as Dulin clears to touch. Efficient play from the Wallabies so far. Skelton smashes through Dusautoir but the Wallabies turn the ball over, France looking for some control. Dulin with a gem that rolls into touch.
8 TRY, AUSTALIA, SKELTON! 7-0: Bastareaud out wide driven into touch so Australia have a lineout inside the French half. Kuridrani up over the 10-metre line, wide right to Simmons. Loose pass has Foley scrambling but Australia recover, but France's defence is holding. Over 15 phases now as the Wallabies reach the 22. Good carry from Palu and what strength there from Skelton for a try on debut! Powering over Ouedraogo from close range and reaching out to score. Foley converts.
4 Machenaud now with a penalty for France as Australia fail to release, but the scrum-half - in late for Parra - hits the right upright. Foley drops out.
3 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 3-0: Over! Good start for the Wallabies and relief as we already have half the points from last week.
2 Early territory then for the Wallabies and they have the penalty, 38 metres out. Foley taking the shot.
Tales gets us underway! Safe start from White as he clears to touch inside the French half.
An absolutely cracking day in Sydney in front of a packed out crowd - this is how rugby should be played. Anthems coming up.
France boss Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes to his starting XV. The changes sees Saint-Andre opting for the offensive skills of flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, particularly his ball-carrying abilities, which means Yannick Nyanga returns to the bench. Also, 23-year-old Hugo Bonneval returns for his third cap, with the tourists looking to unleash his speed and power on the wing.
Waratahs enforcer Will Skelton will make his Test debut for Australia. His inclusion, at the expense of James Horwill, represents one of the two changes made to the starting XV, with Skelton's Waratahs team-mate Wycliff Palu returning at number eight, for Ben McCalman, after missing the second Test in Melbourne with a minor ankle injury. There have been two further changes made on the bench with Brumbies prop Scott Sio and Waratahs outside back Rob Horne getting their first opportunities in the matchday squad for 2014.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Saturday's third Test from Sydney between the Wallabies and Les Bleus.
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