France Thrash Wallabies

by Brendan Bradford - The Wallabies were held tryless as they kicked off their Spring Tour with a 33-6 loss to France at the Stade de France in Paris. Unable to capitalise on their superior first half territory and capitulating at the scrum, the tourists were repelled time and time again by the well organised French defence. After forcing several early breakdown turnovers, the French forwards dominated at scrum-time and even outshone their backline counterparts on attack by finding plenty of gaps around the ruck. The first scrum of the game, on Australia's ten metre line, lead to a French free-kick when Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps fed the ball incorrectly. Opting for another scrum, the powerful French forwards won a penalty and confidently chose to pack down again. The Wallabies got a good hit this time and even seemed to have the upper hand but French No. 8
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