France tour - Sydney, 27 June 2009, 20:00 local, 10:00 GMT
Australia (10) 22 - 6 (3) France (FT)

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Both teams enter the field to a good size crowd considering this is a friendly. The anthems are lead by a singer - why can't they just let the people sing? The ref is Dave Pearson from England. France kicking off right to left.

1

Australia get a penalty straight away and Matt Giteau kicks to touch down their right.

2

Ball thrown too long at the lineout and the French gather and move the ball wide right. French throw and the ball is then moved down the centre, but sloppy work and the Aussies get it and move the ball wide left. Mitchell does really well but may just be in touch as placing the ball. ref checking.

3

Ball lost at the tryline. Scrum five to France. First scrum of match. France pick up at base. Box kick - Mitchell of Oz gathers. Recycle. France kick it and kick long - too long - drop out to the home side.

4

Long kick - and it then goes high back - France up quickly. Aussies clear - France cross kick but again ball too long - Another drop out.

5

Long drop out - high kick back and the Aussies gather. Giteau kick charged down - France pile forward - Aussies under their posts - penalty to Oz. - lucky.

6

Oz throw in the middle and the forwards try to take it on. goodish maul. Recycle - Giteau cross kick - Oz gather and attack well down left - 10 metres out - recycle - France get the ball and its cleared.

7

Oz kick it back and French full back Damien Traille kicks really well to touch inside the Oz half.

8

Aussie throw on their 22 - box kick - France gather and recycle - ball out left - chip and Australia gather and kick long.

9

France mess about with the ball on their 22 and the Aussies pile in. The visitors keep it and move the ball up to their 10 metres line. Aussies throw.

10

Oz go left and down the centre after the throw and then back wide right. Penalty to France.

11

Ball to touch down the French left on half way. French attack down the centre and get another penalty.

12

Going for the posts. Fly half Lionel Beauxis just short.

13

Long drop out. Ball dead - scrum to home side.

14

Penalty to France for the Aussie scrum going down - quickly.

15

Ball to touch down French right inside the Oz 22.

16

France try to set up a maul. Oz forwards do well, but loise ball - France out - drop goal effort - the fly half misses - should have done better. Drop out - high kick and Ashley Cooper does well and gets a penalty.

17 5 - 0

TRY Aussies with the ball down the centre - wide ball to Mortlock and Oz attack right - Ball back infield and Barnes passes to Giteau to score near the corner.

18 7 - 0

Giteau converts his try. France kick too long at the restart and Australia get a scrum on the half way.

19

Oz do well at the scrum and go left. Grubber - France gather and Traille kicks it long to touch midway in the Oz half.

20 7 - 3

Aussies kick after lineout. Traille kicks and gets knocked down. Penalty to France where ball landed.

21

Beauxis gets the points. The fly half needed that to get his confidence back.

22

France gather the restart down the centre - ball right and kicked to touch. Quick throw.

23

Aussies inside French half. - France get it and kick - Oz put it back and France gather and keep ball in hand. George Smith nicks it on the French 22. Scrum to home side.

24

France should have had a penalty - poor decision by ref. Good position for the Aussies scrum. Down the centre. Scrum again collapses.

25

Freekick to Aussies - tap and go down centre. 7 metres out with ball left. Penalty to Aussies in front of posts.

26 10 - 3

Giteau lines it up and the brilliant fly-half scores.

27

Lock Sharpe takes the restart well and the ball is kicked high down the centre . France gather and move the ball right. Recycle and infield.

28

Aussies nick the ball and moved to Giteau - cross kick but too long and ball directly in to touch near half way.

29

France win throw and attack down the centre but messy. Recycle. Slow ball. ball right and the number 8 bursts through - up to the 22.

30

France are accidentally off side. Scrum to Oz on their 22.

31

Freekick to Oz at the scrum. High kick and long. Heymans drops ball but it goes backwards and the winger puts it in to touch.

32

Aussies win their throw and attack down centre - but Mortlock knocks on. Scrum on half way. Freekick to Oz at scrum for feeding. Aussies opt for a scrum.

33

The scrum is down the centre. Penalty to the home side. Giteau to touch down their right.

34

Aussie throw to front on French 22. Ball wide left. Recycle back infield. Mortlock takes it on.

35

France tackling well and get a penalty on their 22.

36

France kick to touch down their right midway in the Aussie half.

37

France move the ball well left - Heymans gets the ball and chips down the line. Mark called.

38

Aussie kick and France counter down the right. Knock on. Aussies do well at the scrum and kick, but Barnes kicks too long and ball directly in to touch. France win their throw - just - slow recycle. The ball moved wide - but the Aussies get the ball - Barnes cross kick.

39

Beauxis kicks and the Aussies put it back. France does so again and Oz counter. Ball wide left.

40

Penalty to the home side very near half way. Mortlock going for the posts 53 metres out. Well wide and short. Its half time.

40

Aussies kick off and gi high and down centre. Oz gather. The forwards take it on. Knock on - Bit of a dust up with the forwards.

41

France put in at scrum. Good scrum by France. Ball left - kick charged down but France keep the ball - Traille kicks to touch.

42 13 - 3

Aussies attack down the centre - ball intercepted but off side. Giteau for the posts. The flyhalf scores the penalty.

43

France go left and high at the start. Aussies on their 22. Kick to touch near half way line.

44

France win throw at front. The forwards take it on.

45 16 - 3

Aussies tackle well and get another penalty. Similar area as before. Giteau for posts again - and scores. Two good little scores for the Aussies.

46

The home side gather the restart. Recycle. Giteau clears long and France kicks long back. A kicking duel ensues.

47

Scrum to France on Aussie 10 metres line.

48

France go right and recycle. Again down the centre and ball moved left. France trying to punch their way through. Penalty to Aussies.

49

Ball fails to find touch - bad - France counter - High kick. Aussies up to half way and move the ball wide left. Good run by Giteau. Back infield.

50

Recycle and ball moved wide right with space. Aussies get another penalty and again kickable.

51 19 - 3

Giteau lining it up and he scores.

52

France are not playing the same they did against the All Blacks. But the Aussies are doing the basic well and letting France make the mistakes.

53

Oz gather the restart and clear to touch.

54

Ball moved wide right - but under pressure and give the ball to the Aussies who move ball wide right. Recycle.

55 22 - 3

Ball down centre and then moved left - ball in to touch - French throw. Short lineout. Ball at front. Ball moved away but intercepted. Aussies on the French 22. Slow recycle. Penalty to Oz. The French are losing discipline.

56

Giteau should knock this easily over - and he does. The Aussies aren't doing anything great, just putting pressure on France and then France are giving away penalties.

57

France get the restart and go wide right. Back infield and up to Aussies 22. Good angle by the French hooker - 7 metres out. Slow recycle.

58

Slow recycle again. Ball left. back right - Aussies up quickly. ball right again. The Aussies put in more forwards at the maul and get the put in at the scrum.

59

George Smith is such a fantastic player. The openside just seems to pop out of the ground where the ball is.

60 22 - 6

Penalty to France at the scrum. Going for the posts. The crowd don't like it, but there is still 20 minutes to go. Scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili scores.

61

France gather restart on their 22. Ball cleared long and Oz counter wide right. Recycle and back infield. Aussies up to half way. Recycle . Ball right down blind and Mortlock chips - too long - Drop out to France.

62

France go long at drop out.

63

Aussies counter through hands - up to French 10 metres. Ball right and down centre. ball right again and then back infield.

64

Ball forced in to touch. French throw.

65

France go wide right after throw but the Aussies up quickly and push the attackers in to touch on French 10 metres.

66

Ball right after throw. recycle. Aussies keeping the ball close to breakdown. Ball down narrow blind, but the French nick it and try to play out of their 22. recycle. Kick through - France regather and move it right. Up to half way. Penalty to France.

67

Ball down right to touch on Aussies 22.

68

Aussies win the French throw. Box kick - France gather and counter - recycle - another penalty to France.

69

Penalty fails to reach touch and the Aussies through Ashley-Cooper does well to kick back. French throw. Aussies get the ball and counter right - ball back infield - and the ball is only metres out but prop Ben Robinson just can't take the ball.

70

Scrum to France 7 metres from their tryline. Good scrum by the Aussies. Various changes have been made. Freekick to France. tap and go.

71

Slow recycle - Kicked long to touch.

72

The Wallabies have three opensides on the pitch Smith, Pocock and now Waugh. France knock on. Scrum to Aussies.

73

Good scrum by France but the Wallabies keep the ball. Drop goal effort charged down and another kick is charged down. Aussies still with the ball. Attack down centre but Smith loses ball and France counter.

74

Slow recycle on their 10 metres line. Ball moved right - kick - Turner picks it up and the Aussies go right. Kick and France put it high and long back to touch.

75

Aussie win their throw and drive it on with the forwards. High kick. Heymans gathers and counters.

76

France moving ball right then left - but making no headway. Aussies up quickly. France still in their own half.

77

France doing nothing except holding on to the ball. Now ball moved wide right and the French get a penalty. Dust up. George Smith is man of the match.

78

France to touch 10 metres from Aussie tryline. The home team does really well and get the ball and clear to touch.

79

Still in Aussie 22. Ball down centre after throw. ball wide left. Back infield. Penalty to Oz for holding.

80

Ball to touch down the Aussie right. The match ends with Australia winning comfortably. The French looked tired, but the home team did the basics well and forced pressure on the visitors. I hope you enjoyed the match and see you next time with scrum.com

Timeline

Time Australia  Score  France
0 start of first half start of first half
17 Giteau - try 5 - 0
18 Giteau - conversion 7 - 0
20 7 - 3 Beauxis - penalty goal
26 Giteau - penalty goal 10 - 3
40+1 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
42 Giteau - penalty goal 13 - 3
45 Giteau - penalty goal 16 - 3
50 Clerc - sub on
Beauxis - sub off
Mas - sub on
Marconnet - sub off
51 Giteau - penalty goal 19 - 3
54 Baxter - sub off
Alexander - sub on
55 Giteau - penalty goal 22 - 3 Arias - sub on
Fritz - sub off
59 Moore - sub off
Polota-Nau - sub on
60 Horwill - sub off
Pocock - sub on
22 - 6 Yachvili - penalty goal
Szarzewski - sub off
Guirado - sub on
Martin - sub on
Millo-Chluski - sub off
67 Puricelli - sub off
Chouly - sub on
69 Barnes - sub off
O'Connor - sub on
72 Valentine - sub on
Burgess - sub off
73 Waugh - sub on
Brown - sub off
75 Cross - sub on
Mortlock - sub off
Dupuy - sub on
Yachvili - sub off
79 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
80
0
79
80

Notes

 
Result Australia won by a margin of 16 points
 
Ground name Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance 43588
 
Referee D Pearson (England)
 
Australia Test debuts none
France Test debuts J Arias

Teams

Australia France
Tries Giteau (17) Tries none
Cons Giteau (18) Cons none
Pens Giteau (26, 42, 45, 51, 55) Pens Beauxis (20), Yachvili (60)

Match stats

Australia   France
1 Tries 0
1 from 1 Conversion goals 0 from 0
5 from 6 Penalty goals 2 from 3
85.7% Kick at goal success 66.7%
0 (1 missed) Dropped goals 0 (1 missed)
Kick/pass/run
32 Kicks from hand 32
123 Passes 122
87 Runs 81
436 Metres run with ball 331
Attacking
5 Clean breaks 3
8 Defenders beaten 8
9 Offloads 9
71 from 74 (95.9%) Rucks won 59 from 63 (93.7%)
3 from 3 (100.0%) Mauls won 3 from 3 (100.0%)
14 Turnovers conceded 10
Defensive
98/8 Tackles made/missed 109/8
92.5% Tackling success rate 93.2%
Set pieces
6 won, 2 lost (75.0%) Scrums on own feed 4 won, 1 lost (80.0%)
12 won, 2 lost (85.7%) Lineouts on own throw 13 won, 2 lost (86.7%)
Discipline
10 Penalties conceded 15
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Ashley-Cooper 0/0 0 2/2/7 67 1 1 1 1 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Turner 0/0 0 2/1/7 83 1 1 1 2 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Mortlock 0/0 0 2/6/9 50 0 1 1 1 2/1 0/0 1 0/0
C Barnes 0/1 0 6/14/6 63 1 0 0 0 7/1 0/0 1 0/0
W Mitchell 0/0 0 3/0/5 44 1 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Giteau 1/0 22 11/19/4 30 1 1 0 2 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
SH Burgess 0/0 0 4/44/9 16 0 1 0 1 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
P Robinson 0/0 0 0/7/3 0 0 0 0 1 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Moore 0/0 0 0/5/6 6 0 1 1 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Baxter 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
L Horwill 0/0 0 0/0/2 6 0 0 0 1 6/0 3/0 1 0/0
L Sharpe 0/0 0 0/1/8 23 0 1 3 0 8/1 6/1 1 0/0
F Mumm 0/0 0 0/2/2 14 0 0 0 1 4/1 2/0 0 0/0
F Smith 0/0 0 0/8/4 6 0 0 1 2 11/0 0/0 2 0/0
N8 Brown 0/0 0 1/5/8 11 0 1 1 0 10/1 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Polota-Nau 0/0 0 0/1/2 8 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Alexander 0/0 0 0/0/1 5 0 0 0 0 4/2 0/0 1 0/0
(N8) Waugh 0/0 0 0/1/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Pocock 0/0 0 0/2/3 2 0 0 1 0 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Valentine 0/0 0 1/2/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/1 0 0/0
(C) Cross 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) O'Connor 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Fra stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Traille 0/0 0 10/13/4 27 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Medard 0/0 0 3/4/4 36 0 0 2 0 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Fritz 0/0 0 0/3/3 2 0 2 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Mermoz 0/0 0 1/7/9 46 0 1 3 1 11/0 0/0 2 0/0
W Heymans 0/0 0 5/4/8 38 0 1 1 1 4/0 0/0 2 0/0
FH Beauxis 0/0 3 7/12/3 0 0 0 0 0 9/1 0/0 1 0/0
SH Yachvili 0/0 3 4/51/3 13 0 0 0 1 2/1 0/0 1 0/0
P Barcella 0/0 0 0/1/1 0 0 0 0 1 5/1 0/0 1 0/0
H Szarzewski 0/0 0 0/0/4 25 1 1 0 0 5/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Marconnet 0/0 0 0/2/1 0 0 0 0 1 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Pape 0/0 0 0/2/4 5 0 0 0 0 7/1 5/2 0 0/0
L Millo-Chluski 0/0 0 0/0/3 3 0 0 0 0 6/0 1/0 0 0/0
F Dusautoir 0/0 0 0/2/4 26 1 0 1 0 14/0 0/0 1 0/0
F Ouedraogo 0/0 0 0/0/5 24 0 0 1 0 13/1 3/0 1 0/0
N8 Puricelli 0/0 0 2/4/5 30 1 1 0 1 3/0 3/0 0 0/0
(H) Guirado 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Mas 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
(L) Martin 0/0 0 0/0/4 8 0 0 2 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Chouly 0/0 0 0/1/2 4 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Dupuy 0/0 0 0/9/1 5 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0
(FH) Clerc 0/0 0 0/3/7 30 0 2 1 2 2/0 1/0 0 0/0
(C) Arias 0/0 0 0/0/3 9 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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