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Australia’s Wallabies beat France at Lang Park by a record score on Saturday when they beat the France by 40 points to 10.

 

Their previous best scoreline was 35-14 which happened in the 1999 Rugby World cup final.

 


Matt Giteau kicked 20 points and created all four tries in a virtuoso performance at No. 10 to guide Australia to a record 40-10 win over France on Saturday.


The Australians outscored France 74-23 in a two-test sweep that exposed the lack of depth in the touring squad missing the cream of players from the top French clubs.


While the French dominated possession, they lacked cohesion and turned over the ball to an Australian lineup intent on building its attack under new coach Robbie Deans.


Giteau’s improved combination with new scrumhalf Luke Burgess gave him space to run or kick and he excelled in both departments.


He landed four penalties and four conversions and gave the last ball for all of Australia’s tries.


Deans praised Giteau’s work, but knows the real test will come later in the month in the Tri-Nations series against World Cup winner South Africa and New Zealand.


The win over France came at a cost, with fullback Cameron Shepherd having a suspected broken left leg, center Berrick Barnes injuring his shoulder and lock James Horwill damaging his left eye in an ugly melee before half time.


Deans, now 3-0 as Wallaby coach, said his squad outclassed the French but, with only 40 percent of the ball, had to work for the win.


“They don’t give it to you – you have to earn it and the casualty ward is evidence of that,” said Deans, who will announce his Tri-Nations squad on Monday.


“We’re very conscious that the next arena will be very different,” Deans said.


The 30-point margin was Australia’s biggest over France, beating the 35-12 win in the 1999 World Cup final in Cardiff and the 34-13 win in Sydney last week.


Giteau landed six from six in the first half to become the fifth Australian to surpass 300 points in international rugby union.


He also arrowed a pinpoint crossfield kick into the right corner for winger Peter Hynes’ first test try and used a slight of hand to send James Horwill over.


The 25-year-old pivot swooped on a French knockdown about 30 meters out, twisted through the tackle of prop Pierre Correia, drew in the defense and gave his unmarked lock a brilliant backhanded flick pass.


The Australians led 26-3 at halftime, with France’s only points coming via Francois Trinh-Duc’s penalty just before the break.


Replacement center Ryan Cross got outside his opposite from a long, flat Giteau pass and sprinted 25 meters to finish in the 57th minute for the first points of the second half.


The same pair combined again 10 minutes later after a sustained attacking phase inside the French quarter to make it 40-3.


The Australian defense held firm until a minute before full time when Trihn-Duc finished off a counterattacking movement as Shepherd was being treated for a broken leg.


France coach Marc Lievremont said his inexperienced squad performed credibly at the end of a long, hard season.


He blamed a poor kicking game for failing to convert a glut of possession.”Possession means nothing if you can’t hold the ball or kick for territory,” Lievremont said.


It was difficult for his squad to compete while missing most of its frontline players, Lievremont said.


“We have some satisfaction in some elements … as a team, there was commitment,” he said.


“You like to be positive but you have to be realistic before an international match.


“It’s hard. You need to have more time together, more cohesion and collective training.”

The Wallabies have two weeks off before their first Tri-Nations match against World Cup winners South Africa in Perth.

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