Melbourne - The
Wallabies have eked out a 6-0 win in a try-less struggle over France to
claim the series in the second Melbourne Test on Saturday.
Foley and Nic White kicked penalty goals which ultimately proved
decisive in a grimly-fought second half to break a 0-0 half-time
It was the first time the French have been held
scoreless in Tests against Australia since 1928 while they are still
searching for the first win down under in 24 years ahead of next week's
final Test in Sydney.
The Melbourne match reached no great heights
as Australia played for field position with kicks in the second half to
capitalise on French mistakes inside their own territory to claim
But it was a much more committed effort from France, who
made 10 changes after losing the opening Test 50-23 in Brisbane last
"Regardless of what gets written, we showed great
character and grit and in the end we toughed out a game that was
complicated tactically and we won it," Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie
"At least we are showing week to week that we can find ways to win."
handling cost Les Bleus their chance of winning their first match in
Australia since current coach Philippe Saint-Andre was a French winger
back in 1990 as they frittered away the limited possession they had in a
second half of few thrills before a half-empty stadium.
tonight we matched Australia and we weren't a sparring partner, but at
halftime we should have been seven or ten points in front," Saint-Andre
"We had the opportunity to score a try, we missed two
penalties and it was 0-0 and Australia started the second half well and
our discipline was a little bit poor.
"We need to carry on and look forward to the next game in Sydney next Saturday."
had the better chances in a scoreless opening 40 minutes and Wallabies'
fly-half Foley just beat full back Brice Dulin to ground the ball in a
desperate chase after a kick in the opening minutes.
Dulin missed a penalty attempt from halfway after James Horwill was penalised in a ruck.
Ben McCalman had a try disallowed for the Wallabies via the video
referee midway through the way when Matt Toomua was ruled to have made
contact with Dulin in chasing his kick over the French try-line.
Morgan Parra missed France's second penalty attempt before flanker
Yannick Nyanga charged down Toomua's clearing kick only to go into touch
near the Wallabies' try-line.
Scrum-half White missed Australia's
first shot at goal minutes after half-time and he had another penalty
attempt minutes later which cannoned off an upright into Sekope Kepu's
hands but the French defence held firm.
Foley finally broke the
deadlock with a penalty in the 53rd minute after No.8 Damien Chouly was
ruled offside as Australia attacked inside France's quarter.
kicked the Wallabies six points clear with 15 minutes left after
Antonie Burban was penalised as McKenzie brought on Kurtley Beale and
Pat McCabe to liven up the attack.
English referee Wayne Barnes
lost patience with the errant French and yellow-carded replacement
forward Bernard Le Roux, leaving France a man down for much of the final
But the Wallabies failed to finish off the French
with the killer try despite their dominant possession and field position
in the second half.Teams:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Kurtley Beale, 23 Pat McCabe
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Substitutes: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Antoine Burban, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Remi Lamerat