Monday 16 December 2019

Inspired France gain revenge over Wallabies in Paris

France's Teddy Thomas (C) reacts after Frances defeated Australia in their rugby union test match at the Stade de France
France's Teddy Thomas (C) reacts after Frances defeated Australia in their rugby union test match at the Stade de France

Inspiration and determination helped France take revenge against Australia with a 29-26 victory at the Stade de France on Saturday as Les Bleus look set to end a miserable year on a high.

Philippe Saint-Andre's team, who had conceded 95 points in three away defeats against Australia in June, were ultra focused this time and tries by Sebastien Tillous-Bordes and Teddy Thomas as well as the boots of Camille Lopez and Rory Kockott gave them a deserved win.

Bernard Foley kicked four penalties and converted the tries of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Quade Cooper but the Wallabies came up just short despite a late fightback.

France, who finished the Six Nations in fourth place before being thrashed by Australia, nicely followed up last weekend's 40-15 win against Fiji.

Les Bleus take on Argentina at the Stade de France next Saturday while Australia, who beat Wales 33-28 last Saturday, will face Ireland.

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