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Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Wallabies defeat the French in Sydney

The Wallabies defeat the French in Sydney

Sydney was the venue on Saturday as the Wallabies hosted France in a once off Test match that resulted in the hosts coming out convincing winners, 22-6.

Star flyhalf Matt Giteau ran the show as he scored all the points for the home side as they stretched their dominance over France to four consecutive victories.

France, on a tough tour that saw them facing the All Blacks two weeks in a row, were surely fatigued as they struggled to break the Wallabies unrelenting defence.

Australia on the other hand, came into the match relatively fresh after convincing wins over the Barbarians and Italy.

Giteau scored the only try of the match, which he converted. He also slotted a handy five penalties, which helped the Aussies pull away in the second half after leading 10-3 at halftime.

"It's been a solid month for us and it's good background for us and that was better than a solid performance," coach Robbie Deans said.

"There were elements there that we've been working on, our defence was obvious and it was a full team effort, everyone got into the game and added something."

French coach Marc Lievremont wasnt pleased with the way their tour has ended.

"We are very disappointed about the end of our tour and it was a very good Australian team that showed us a real level."

"They had a better start than us and everything we did wrong we paid for it. The Wallabies scored very quickly and we were very undisciplined.

"Our players were very courageous but after two very hard games against the All Blacks it was probably one game too many for us tonight."

Time: 04:34

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:12 pm | View Comments (23)

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JEJ June 28, 2009 8:13 pm

I watched this, absolute borefest!!



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Kevin June 28, 2009 8:38 pm

traille...seriously? go play football.

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Anonymous June 28, 2009 9:02 pm

Surprisingly Stirling mortlock seems quite intelligent, i was always under the impression he was a bit of a meat head!lol

c'mon England

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Anonymous June 28, 2009 9:09 pm

i am looking forward to this years tri nations, ab's will come out last

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Flooz June 28, 2009 9:40 pm

uh it was boring match and wasn't very surprised.

For sure, aussies are not professionals for entertainig rugby but they are solid, have a good defence and discipline. Exactly the contrary of the french who seem exhausted and without passion for this last test.

A special word for the conservative Mr Pearson who didn't let both teams play,
I can understand his "home-side" referring but he should have let both teams play..
Particularly on scrums and rucks where les bleus were always penalized.

French are finally on holidays and will appreciate it
Aussies will be serious contenders for tri-nations

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rugbyazzuri June 28, 2009 10:56 pm

my god the australian refs are bias. as if that late hit on traille wasnt late and 'unfortunate'. typical.

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Anonymous June 28, 2009 11:53 pm

Yachvili is slower and as powerful as my grandmother. that man is a catastrophy i hope we'll never see him again in a blue jersey.

the better side won, well done aussies. But boring match

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Doyle June 29, 2009 12:01 am

Terribly boring, thankfully I was out on Saturday night and had recorded it, it only wasted about 15 minutes of my time yesterday. Well done to the aussies though, they put their pens away and the scoreboard just ticked up and up. I would not see this as a French failure either, they must be very tired, the top 14 is a very long season plus they had two tough tests against the all blacks.

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Anonymous June 29, 2009 6:48 am

Great game Wallabies, saw the whole game, and they suffocated the French with their defence.

I'm worried for the All Blacks.... :(. God I miss Carter.

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jay June 29, 2009 9:17 am

BOOOOOOOORING ... the ref was laughable. The penalty vs. Ouedraogo on the 23rd min. was a big symbol for the wole game... bad ref bad judgments and nevertheless Australia showed a strong homogeneous side; Smith is still here ^^

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Alain June 29, 2009 11:38 am

the Giteau show!!!!!!

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Stewart June 29, 2009 12:27 pm

I thought the French looked drained from the All Black tests. Their defence was pretty lacklustre for the Wallabies first try. The Wallabies are looking strong though - looking forward to the tri nations!

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Anonymous June 29, 2009 3:16 pm

Love watching the Wallabies play. I hope they win the Tri-Nations

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pio June 29, 2009 3:25 pm

Hate to see a game marred by constant penalties when the referee could just as well let the game flow. Not that they weren't correct calls (most were), it just sucks when it slows things down.

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Hackney Griffin June 29, 2009 4:00 pm

Wallabies and SA certainly look a league above the ABs at the moment - but I doubt that'll stay the case come the tris.

Great to see something approaching a more traditional summer season - with Italy and France touring properly. Shame France didn't play one final game against the ABs to settle the matter. But they looked out on their feet on Saturday, although Lievremont's selection didn't help.

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liam10 June 29, 2009 5:50 pm

Looks like another episode of the 'Matt Giteau show'. it pains to say, but hes gotta be the best fly-half in the world right now...

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Anonymous June 30, 2009 1:35 am

The ref had to give the penalties, the French kept slowing down the ball illegally. What could he do? Let them cheat?

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Gavin June 30, 2009 3:26 pm

I wonder if you watched the game? The referee at one stage gave 6 yes 6 penalties on the trot against France in the scrum! At one stage he was heard to say that the French pack 'should push more softly.' He totally lost the plot and ruined what should have been a good game. He should not ref again!

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Anonymous July 01, 2009 11:44 pm

Yes I did, and the french had very poor discipline.
They were under pressure for long periods and instead of backing their defence, they kept giving away penalties.

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jay July 02, 2009 9:08 am

Hmmm ... not saying ze french lost because of the ref. They clearly didn't deserve to win.
Now if you watch the scrum, look at Barcella (who's been remarkable) who's fed up with the ref's decisions... All I'm saying is that the ref was clearly not constant with his calls.
Aussies keeping ball on the ground ? Ouedraogo or Dusautoir gets whistled, Frenchies doing the same thing, the ref calls for not releasing the ball Oo How fair is that ?

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Anonymous July 03, 2009 6:00 am

Well, that's a bit vauge isn't it?
I disagree, but it doesn't matter what we think, the ref obviously saw it a certian way.
I agreed with him, the french showed poor discipline in a number of facets of play, probabl due to the pressure, both offensive and defensive, they were put under.

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