Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sydney was the venue on Saturday as the Wallabies hosted France in a once off Test match that resulted in the hosts coming out convincing winners, 22-6.
Star flyhalf Matt Giteau ran the show as he scored all the points for the home side as they stretched their dominance over France to four consecutive victories.
France, on a tough tour that saw them facing the All Blacks two weeks in a row, were surely fatigued as they struggled to break the Wallabies unrelenting defence.
Australia on the other hand, came into the match relatively fresh after convincing wins over the Barbarians and Italy.
Giteau scored the only try of the match, which he converted. He also slotted a handy five penalties, which helped the Aussies pull away in the second half after leading 10-3 at halftime.
"It's been a solid month for us and it's good background for us and that was better than a solid performance," coach Robbie Deans said.
"There were elements there that we've been working on, our defence was obvious and it was a full team effort, everyone got into the game and added something."
French coach Marc Lievremont wasnt pleased with the way their tour has ended.
"We are very disappointed about the end of our tour and it was a very good Australian team that showed us a real level."
"They had a better start than us and everything we did wrong we paid for it. The Wallabies scored very quickly and we were very undisciplined.
"Our players were very courageous but after two very hard games against the All Blacks it was probably one game too many for us tonight."