Home team Away Team


  • Kayser, Chouly, Dulin, Guitoune,
    Penalty goals: Parra (4),
    Conversions: Michalak, Parra (2),
38 - 18


  • Vainikolo (2),
    Penalty goals: Apikotoa (2),
    Conversions: Fosita,
  • International Match
  • 16th Nov 2013
  • KO 17:00
  • Ground: Stade de France, Paris
  • Att: 19,968

Autumn Internationals: France beat Tonga as two men see red

Last updated: 16th November 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Frederic Michalak France Tonga

Frances fly-half Frederic Michalak avoids the tackle from Tonga's prop Sila Puafisi

Bernard Leroux France Tonga

Frances flanker Bernard Leroux runs with the ball

Related links


Also see

France battled their way to a 38-18 victory over Tonga on Saturday in an ill-tempered match that saw two red cards for fighting.

Morgan Parra kicked 16 points for the hosts and Sofiane Guitoune, Damien Chouly, Brice Dulin and Benjamin Kayser crossed for tries.

Tonga registered with a brace of tries for Fetu'u Vainikolo, with Fangatapu Apikotoa landing two penalties and Latiume Fosita kicking a late conversion.

The victory over the South Sea Islanders was Les Bleus' first since March - when they beat Scotland in the final game of this year's RBS 6 Nations - and came as they bounced back following four straight defeats to the All Blacks.

Les Bleus debutant Sofiane Guitoune took just five minutes to register his first try for his country as he benefited from starting number 10 Remi Tales' clever crossfield chip.

But the Tongans were hardly helped in their cause when they lost scrum-half Taniela Moa to the sin bin after he elbowed French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski in the face during a scuffle in first-half stoppage time.

Within seconds France had made the extra man count as number eight Damien Chouly dived over in the corner for their second touchdown.

And there was a further flashpoint just two minutes into the second period as Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo and Les Blues lock Yoann Maestri exchanged fierce punches before both were dismissed by Kiwi referee Glen Jackson.

A third try arrived on 50 minutes as full-back Brice Dulin finished off a fine passing move in the corner for France.

However, wing Fetu'u Vainikolo did tap down for two late tries for the visitors - adding to the eight points contributed by the boots of Fangatapu 'Apikotoa and Latiume Fosita - but the hosts got a fourth score in between when substitute hooker Benjamin Kayser was heaved over by his team-mates.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming International Match Fixtures
International Match
Saturday 1st November
International Match
14:30Barbarians vs Australia
20:50USA vs New Zealand
Saturday 8th November
14:00Italy vs Samoa
14:30England vs New Zealand
14:30Wales vs Australia
16:45France vs Fiji
17:30Scotland vs Argentina
17:30Ireland vs South Africa
Saturday 15th November
14:00Italy vs Argentina
14:30England vs South Africa
14:30Wales vs Fiji
17:30Scotland vs New Zealand
20:00France vs Australia
Sunday 16th November
14:30Ireland vs Georgia
Saturday 22nd November
14:00Italy vs South Africa
14:30Scotland vs Tonga
16:30Ireland vs Australia
17:30Wales vs New Zealand
19:00England vs Samoa
20:00France vs Argentina
Saturday 29th November
14:30England vs Australia
14:30Wales vs South Africa
Today's Results
International Match
Saturday 18th October
International Match
Australia 28 - 29 New Zealand

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com