Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Australia rout France

Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell scored a hat-trick as a second-half onslaught from Australia saw them humiliate their hosts 59-16 at the Stade de France.

After Adam Ashley-Cooper's early score, Australia's problems at the scrum were exposed when France were awarded a penalty try and Les Bleus moved into the lead at 16-13 courtesy of the third of Morgan Parra's three penalties at the start of the second half.

But tries from Benn Robinson and Will Genia in the 48th and 51st minutes put Australia in control, before Mitchell claimed a quickfire hat-trick and James O'Connor added a try of his own to complete a personal haul of 29 points.

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