Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Wallabies rout France

Israel Folau put in an impressive performance for Australia

Australia produced an impressive seven-try performance as they beat France 50-23 in Brisbane.

Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Michael Hooper, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Kurtley Beale and Pat McCabe all crossed over with Bernard Foley booting 15 points for the Wallabies.

Morgan Parra responded for France, who were also awarded a penalty try, with Frederic Michalak kicking 13 points.

Foley booted the Wallabies into an early lead but that was the only positive for them in the early stages with captain Stephen Moore picking up an injury.

Michalak then kicked a drop goal to get the French level before Moore hobbled off.

Foley hit the upright with a penalty attempt but it was not long before Australia had the lead, with Folau crossing for the game's opening try after 19 minutes.

Wycliff Palu freed the ball from the pack and James Slipper produced a beautiful off-load to Folau, who beat the tackler and crashed over with Foley converting.

Five minutes later the hosts had their second try with Cummins' kick through creating space for Nic White, whose pass was almost intercepted by Gael Fickou, but the ball ended up with Toomua who set up Ashley-Cooper to score.

Michalak nailed a penalty to reduce the deficit but Australia soon had another try with Cummins finding Tevita Kuridrani, who produced a clever flick to Hooper who went over.

The television match official had a look to make sure the pass was not forward and the try was given with Foley converting.

Michalak kicked another three points but the visitors only had themselves to blame a minute before the break when they conceded a fourth try in farcical fashion.

Maxime Machenaud and Felix Le Bourhis got into a mess near their own line and, when the ball crossed the wash, Toomua was on hand to touch down for a gift. When Foley converted the lead was 20 points.

Australia thought they had a fifth try 13 minutes after the break when Ashley-Cooper attempted to go over.

The wing did not appear to get the ball down but Michalak had seemingly failed to get back onside when making a last-ditch tackle.

The TMO saw things differently, however, and the penalty try was not awarded.

Australia did not have to wait long for a score, though, as Cummins registered the try of the game four minutes later.

Slipper carried the ball forward and Toomua found Folau with a beautiful pass, with the full-back producing a clever off-load to send Cummins over. Foley added the extras.

Two further tries in two minutes essentially ended the contest with Beale crossing over after some strong running and McCabe then getting on the scoresheet aided by some very poor French tackling.

Foley converted both to get the Wallabies to 50 points before Parra spun out of a tackle to get France a try, with the TMO adjudging he had just got the ball on the line.

Michalak converted before France were awarded a penalty try in the final minute but the points were papering over the cracks, with Philippe Saint-Andre's men soundly beaten.

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