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Friday, November 28, 2008

Australia triumph against France in Paris

Australia triumph against France in Paris

The Wallabies meet Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, a week after their 18-13 win against the French at Stade de France. They are so far unbeaten on their European tour, but will look to lift their game as they were in some respects pretty lucky to come away with a win in Paris, thanks to some poor kicking from the hosts.

Hooker Stephen Moore and wing Peter Hynes scored tries for the Wallabies while flyhalf Matt Giteau added a conversion and two penalties.

France were awarded a penalty try just before halftime after tearing down an Australian scrum. Fullback Maxime Medard also kicked a 50-metre drop goal which brushed the crossbar.

France flyhalf David Skrela slotted a conversion and a penalty but also missed five penalties and a drop goal.

"It was not a miracle, it was just a rugby game and sometimes it's just like that," said Australia coach Robbie Deans, who answered all questions in French during the press conference.

"I think our discipline was good but there were a lot of penalties. Maybe, next time we'll adjust to the referee," he added.

French coach Marc Lievremont had mixed feelings after the game.

"Our scrummaging was the best surprise of the game but there weren't enough scrums. The most frustrating thing is that we didn't manage to put our game together."

David Skrela should have won the match for the French, but it was not to be, with his late yellow card capping off a rather disappointing individual display all in all.

A win is a win as far as Australia are concerned though, and it doesnt get any easier as Wales will have their tails up after a solid performance against the All Blacks.

Welsh coach Warren Gatland believes Wales are getting closer to being a top-four side in world rugby, and a 15 point margin victory over Australia could move them up to fifth in the rankings.

"The most important thing for everyone is to get a result if we can," Gatland said. "That is an incredibly tough prospect, but on the other side of the coin there is no doubting that we have an opportunity here against the Wallabies.

"The statistics say they are a better team than us and they will rightly carry the favourites tag, but we have the opportunity on Saturday to achieve something special out of this Autumn campaign and it is a chance we do not want to miss."


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Posted at 10:50 pm | 13 comments

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Sean November 29, 2008 12:58 am

Australia were damn lucky but im glad they one. That Skrela had an awful match. But i was dissapointed in australia's scrummaging, very different from the week before, france dominated and probably deserved more.

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Anonymous November 29, 2008 2:12 am

good to see the french sorted out their scrum problems from the 6 nations last year! It was a very good game, until last minute, i didnt know who was going to win it! But very disapointing (beeing french) missing all those penalties! I like the new australian side tho, if they build up well, they can become a big challenger for world cup!

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Bobeto November 29, 2008 2:28 am

we were so awful in that gameskrela's five kicks are annoying, but i'm not bothered by that as much as i am by our inability to cross the gain line with ball in hand. either we ran straight at their back row, or we booted the ball as high as possible in a vain attempt to win a few metres. i noticed that we seemed a lot more inclined to run the ball and looked more dangerous after skrela's crazy 'tackle' and yellow card, so maybe he shouldn't be let near the no.10 again. give it to Trinh-Duc or Beauxis

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Frenchy November 29, 2008 5:33 am

France should have won. Period. I also think that Skrela is a poor choice. He makes either performs well or makes mistakes under pressure, but I think its more mistakes then good.

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goodNumber10 November 29, 2008 7:27 am

Was actually at this game, the french forwards were all over the australian pack, but Skrela will never play that badly again in his whole life terrible game for a good flyhalf.

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Anonymous November 29, 2008 7:32 am

The only reason why skrela is in France squad it's because Trinh Duc and beauxis are injuried, Skrela = Kick kick kick ...The french pack was very good.

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Anonymous November 29, 2008 11:52 am

I'm french but always imprerssed by the Australian efficiency. That's one thing to say we should have won the game, this is another one to achieve it.Australian, when close to the goal line look attract by it. They came two times in front of the line, they scored two times : this is a great team.Regarding Skrela, I don't understand people who criticize him. He's a great tackler (all the other flyhalfs in France are poor) and each france was dangerous when carrying the ball, it's because he took good initiatives.About Australia, even if France lost, I was expecting a stronger team. I found them not as strong as expected but this was my own opinion...

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minstrel boy November 29, 2008 12:45 pm

I cant remember the last time I saw a five meter scrum pushed in for a try! lovely!

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ozziefan November 29, 2008 1:21 pm

thank you skrela

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Anonymous November 30, 2008 10:44 am

Skrela a good tackler ? not in the autumn test, against Pacific islanders he defend very bad, and againt australia he made a same poor perfomance in defense, and a high tackle on Ioane...

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Anonymous November 30, 2008 4:30 pm

o dear skrela!!

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Anonymous December 01, 2008 1:31 pm

If an Aussie player illegally prevented a try from being scored and the ref awards a penalty try, why wasn't the Aussie player binned like Tommy Bowe v New Zealnd?

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