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France beat Australia 17-3 in Women’s Rugby World Cup

© Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP | France celebrate after beating Australia 17-3 in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-09

Hosts France are through to the semi-finals of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup after brushing aside Australia 17-3 in their Group C clash on Saturday night.

France opened the scoring after just five minutes at the Marcoussis National Rugby Centre, near Paris, with Sandrine Agricole converting a penalty to put the hosts 3-0 up.

Australia drew level less eight minutes later, Ashleigh Hewson slotting the ball between the posts after France committed an error in the breakdown.

However, it would prove to be their first and only score of the game.

A series of Australian infringements saw France awarded a penalty try after 35 minutes, which Agricole converted.

And they had the game sewn up 10 minutes into the second half, this time hooker Gaëlle Mignot getting the ball over the line following a France lineout. Once again Agricole made no mistake with the conversion, putting France 15 points ahead.

France piled on the pressure after that and despite a late Australia resurgence hung on comfortably to win their third successive group game and qualify as top seeds for the semi-finals, to be played on August 13.

The result also meant that Canada, at the expense of Australia, will advance into the last four as the best runner-up in the group stage. England and Ireland are the other two teams to make it to the semi-finals.
 

Date created : 2014-08-09

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