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Rugby - Australia defeat France to sweep test series

Published 21/06/2014 | 08:59

Australia's Wallabies Israel Folau (C) celebrates his second try with team captain Michael Hooper (L) and scrumhalf Nic White in the second half of their international rugby game against France in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australia's Wallabies Israel Folau (C) celebrates his second try with team captain Michael Hooper (L) and scrumhalf Nic White in the second half of their international rugby game against France in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australia's Wallabies players celebrate their win against France following their third international rugby game in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australia's Wallabies captain Michael Hooper holds up the Trophee des Bicentenaires after Australia defeated France in their third international rugby game in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Members of France's rugby team are pictured following their defeat by Australia's Wallabies in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australia's Wallabies including scrum half Nick Phipps (C) celebrate a try near France's Guilhem Guirado (R) during the second half of their third international rugby game in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia won all three games in their series. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australia's Wallabies including flyhalf Kurtley Beale (C) celebrate a try near France's Guilhem Guirado (R) during the second half of their third international rugby game in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia won all three games in their series. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)
Australia's Wallabies Israel Folau (C) celebrates his second try with team captain Michael Hooper (L) and scrumhalf Nic White in the second half of their international rugby game against France in Sydney, June 21, 2014. Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory. REUTERS/Jason Reed
France's Wesley Fofana reaches to gather the ball as Australia's Nic White tackles him during their rugby test match in Sydney Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Australia's Bernard Foley, center, runs at Frances's Mathieu Bastareaud, left, and Fulgence Ouedraogo during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
France's Hugo Bonneval is tackled by Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper during their rugby test match in Sydney Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Australia's Sekope Kepu, left, fends off France's Wesley Fofana during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australia's Israel Folaua celebrates after scoring a try during a rugby test match against France in Sydney Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
France's Hugo Bonneval, right, flies through the air after Australia's Tevita Kuridrani took his legs out during a tackle at their rugby test match in Sydney Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Australia's Will Skelton, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against France during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia defeated France 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday to clean sweep the three-test series, displaying an expansive game, which saw the Wallabies dominate possession and territory.

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Australia knocked up five tries to one, with test debutant lock Will Skelton scoring the first try within minutes.

Skelton's 135 kg frame and speed sparked attack in the Wallabies backline, with captain Michael Hooper and fullback Israel Folau always threatening.

Australia promised an expansive game and threw the ball from one side of the ground to the other, with a heavier forward pack frequently barging through the French defence.

The French were unable to penetrate and had to settle for a try late in the game.

French frustration saw prop Rabah Slimani yellow carded for tackling Hooper without the ball.

Adding salt to the wound, Folau with an outstretched arm scored in the corner minutes later and with a conversion by Bernard Foley, Australia were 20-6 at the break.

With Australia comfortably in front, coach Ewen McKenzie called for the Wallabies to up the tempo in the second half and it was not long before replacement Kurtley Beale send a lighting pass to Hooper to send him flying over the line.

Folau was always threatening, scoring two of the Wallabies' five tries. Only the occasional scrappy passing dented the Wallabies attack.

France on the other hand showed only a few rare glimpses of Les Bleus flare, with poor handling terminating their attacks.

Reuters

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