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Wallabies thump struggling France in Sydney

Wycliff Palu on the burst for Australia

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Article Published: Saturday 21 June 2014|

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Australia's Wallabies secured a series whitewash over France with a 39-13 hammering in the third Test at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

Six foot eight inch Wallabies giant Will Skelton shined by scoring a try on his debut as Australia won their seventh straight match under coach Ewen McKenzie.

The twenty-two-year-old towering lock was given an standing ovation from the home crowd in Sydney when he went off to be replaced by James Horwill in the second half.

"Seven wins in a row isn't something I've been a part of in Super (Rugby) or in the Test team in my career so far," said Wallabies captain Michael Hooper who also scored a try for Australia.

"It's a really nice place to be in as a group and in such short turnarounds it's a really positive thing to have."

The match was a huge contrast to last week's dour 6-0 victory in the second Test which came after the Wallabies ran riot and won 50-23 in the opening Test held in Brisbane.

The Wallabies win is the first time since 2000 that they have won seven consecutive victories while the French are still looking for their first win over the Wallabies on Australian soil since 1990.

While Skelton scored on his international debut Wallabies fullback Israel Folau was again one of their best performers as he scored two tries for the hosts.

Folau's second try took his tally to 13 in 18 Test since making his debut against the British and Irish Lions in the first test last year in June.

The Wallaby fullback's team mate at the Waratahs Bernard Foley kicked four conversions and two penalties in the match which was never in doubt for Australia who dominated possession and territory.

Foley opened the scoring in the third minute and then Skelton powered through a tackle from Fulgence Ouedraogo to score on debut just before the 10 minute mark.

France opened their scoring with a long range penalty from Brice Dulin after fifteen minutes but then captain Michael Hooper won a penalty and Foley restored the 10-point advantage.

The French lost tighthead prop Rabah Slimani to the sin-bin for tackling Hooper without the ball and scrum half Nic White took a quick tap which ended with Folau scoring in the corner.

France scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud added another penalty to make the score 20-6 at half time.

Australia started strongely in the second half as Skelton set up Folau with a pass that allowed him to his second try in the second minute of the second half.

France then lost winger Hugo Bonneval with a knee injury and the Wallabies were well in control of the match and Hooper went over.

The only French try of the match came fifteen minutes from time when hooker Guilhem Guirado was pushed over.

Nick Phipps scored the Wallabies fifth try from a quick tap penalty to complete the thumping.

Final Score Australia 39 (20) France 13 (6)

Scorers

Australia
Tries: Skelton, Folau 2, Hooper, Phipps
Cons: Foley 4
Pens: Foley 2

France
Try: Guirado
Con: Machenaud
Pens: Dulin, Machenaud

Match officials
Referee:
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Teams

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 James Horwill, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Kurtley Beale, 23 Rob Horne.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.

Replacements: 16 Christophe Tolofua, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Yannick Nyanga, 22 Frederic Michalak , 23 Remi Lamerat.

 
 
 
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