The Wallabies have actually collapsed to a frustrating 41-17 loss to France in their Rugby World Cup workout Test in Paris, leaving them with lots of job prior to their opening suit versus Georgia.
- Poor kicking and also ill-discipline expense the Wallabies very much in loss to France
- Half-back Tate McDermott stated the team is “letting itself down” with mistakes
- Australia starts its World Cup war Georgia on September 10
Coach Eddie Jones might be ruing his choice to leave a kept in mind goal-kicker out of his beginning 15, with newbie five-eighth Carter Gordon missing out on some critical kicks at Stade de France.
Australia’s technique was likewise a significant problem, yielding 14 fines for France to maintain the factors ticking over with the team proceeding their winless document this year from 5 Tests considering that Jones took control of.
Half-back Tate McDermott stated his team were “letting themselves down”.
“There were a couple of penalties that just relieved pressure and against a team like France, with the skill of their backs, we just gifted them field position and to their credit they capitalised on those errors,” the vice-captain stated.
“The solutions have got to come from us — Eddie is doing his best but we’re letting ourselves down out there.
“We’ve obtained 2 weeks to discover a service for Georgia due to the fact that they’re a bloody silver lining so we have actually obtained to make certain we front there.”
The Wallabies scored three tries against France’s four but never looked like beating one of the tournament favourites.
They trailed 16-5 at half-time, with Gordon leaving eight points on the field after failing with a try conversion plus two penalty kicks which meant the Wallabies couldn’t apply any scoreboard pressure.
France opened the scoring with blockbusting centre Jonathan Danty crashing over in the sixth minute off a line-out.
Mark Nawaqanitawase was the Wallabies sole try-scorer of the first half, coming off a beautifully-worked set move, with Andrew Kellaway finding the winger with a long pass.
Les Bleus skipper Antoine Dupont set up his team’s first try of the second half with a pin-point cross-field kick into the arms of centre Damian Penaud, who added a second later in the half.
Wallabies flanker Fraser McReight dived throughout under the articles however France promptly responded via winger Gabin Villiere to press the lead out to a powerful 31-12.
Some positives that Australia can take from their final hit-out was their scrum, which got the better of the French through starting props Taniela Tupou and Angus Bell.
The Wallabies maul, however, was a mess and their line-out sloppy.
Former NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu, who was a shock World Cup selection, also had his best performance in the gold jumper, scoring a 77th minute try.
Heavily involved, he was unlucky to get a yellow card early in the second half after getting tangled at a ruck and pinged for going off his feet.
The Wallabies will now regroup and look ahead to their World Cup opener against Georgia, also at Stade de France, on Sunday September 10 (AEST).