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France thrash USA 33-9 in Rugby World Cup

Franck Fife, AFP | France's scrum-half Baptiste Serin scores a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between France and the United States at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka on October 2, 2019.

France make heavy work of it at times but finished strongly to secure their second win of the Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point 33-9 victory over the United States on Wednesday.

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Tries from wingers Yoann Huget and Alivereti Raka in the first 24 minutes looked like setting the three-times World Cup finalists on their way to a handsome Pool C victory at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.

The Americans were much better than in their 45-7 opening loss to England, however, and three AJ MacGinty penalties had them within three points at 12-9 after 64 minutes as the French succumbed to errors and ill-discipline.

France, much changed from the side that beat Argentina in their first match, finally got their third try through centre Gael Fickou 13 minutes from time and replacements Baptiste Serin and Jefferson Poirot added two more in the last 10 minutes.

(REUTERS)

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