Live: Wallabies edge France in thriller to claim series victory

A Noah Lolesio penalty goal in the shadows of full-time has given the 14-man Wallabies a pulsating 33-30 win over France in the third and final Test in Brisbane.

With less than two minutes remaining in the series decider, Lolesio coolly slotted the crucial three points to edge the Wallabies ahead after the score had been deadlocked at 30-30.

The Wallabies had played almost the entire match with just 14 players after winger Marika Koroibete was handed a red card for a high tackle early in the first half.

The win sealed a 2-1 series win for the Wallabies.

More to come.

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By Simon Smale

Wallabies win a thrilling Test match

We’ll wrap things up here at Lang Park.

Thank you so much for being with us this evening, it’s been a pleasure to read all your comments as you enjoyed the contest.

Will the Wallabies be satisfied with that? Well, a win is a win, so yes, they will.

Are there likely to be tougher challenges to come? Yes, yes there are.

Either way, that was a ripping Test match and I was happy to be able to watch it with you all.

Enjoy the rest of your sporting weekend, and we’ll catch you soon.

Audience comment by Garrick Morgan

Great game! Dug deep. Gave 110%. Hooper and Tate amazing.

By Simon Smale

The Wallabies lift the Trophée des Bicentenaires aloft!

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Yes it was an under-strength France team, but that series win will be a huge confidence boost for the Wallabies heading into the Rugby Championship.

Audience comment by Go wallabies

A win’s a win. No one looks that closely after the fact!

By Simon Smale

The French go over to applaud their fans

They have done very well, this young and understrength French team, missing a whole host of stars.

I missed most/all of Anthony Jelonch’s interview, as the French captain was downed out by a chorus of boos.

Yes, his holding of his face was not a good look, but I still think it’s bad taste to boo an opposition team’s captain, whatever happened in a game.

Audience comment by John James

brave effort by 14 Australians against the referee + 15 Frenchmen. Bad decisions spoiled what might have been a good game

By Simon Smale

Enjoyed your commentary Simon, thank you. Wallabies did well with 14 men. May be a different story when they come up against a full strength French team, Dupont, Ntmack & co.


Thanks John.

And yes, 100 per cent. 

If nothing else this series showed just how much more work Australia has to do to keep up with nations like France, that have a conveyor belt of talent rolling through at a rate of knots thanks to their flourishing domestic competition.

By Simon Smale

Tate McDermott was excellent tonight 

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I can’t imagine anyone else would start the Rugby Championship later in the year.

The Reds scrum half was a colossus tonight.

By Simon Smale

Just to remind everyone before we get too excited; this is France’s 3rd team


Yeah true, but the Wallabies had just 14 men for 75 minutes of that match. It was an incredibly gutsy effort.

By Simon Smale

Key Event

Wallabies win!

The siren goes, but we’ll have the lineout. 

The French rumble forward. But they lose the ball do they?


The 14-man Wallabies record a famous win!

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By Simon Smale

80′ – Penalty France!

France goes short with the kick off – the Wallabies gather and Bell takes it into contact.

The Wallabies will just want to tie the ball up here and keep this very slow moving ruck edging up field.

Penalty France!

Not releasing the ball!

It’s too far out for a shot at goal, isn’t it? It is! They’ll go for the corner but only put the ball outside the 22.

By Simon Smale

78′ – Penalty Wallabies!

The scrum collapsed, and the Wallabies have a chance to re-take the lead!

It’s 30 metres out, 15 metres in from the far touchline.

Lolesio sets the ball in the middle of the ripped up turf caused by the two packs just moments before, the ball a little bud in a muddy flower…

It’s over!

The Wallabies lead 33-30 with 120 seconds remaining in the series!

By Simon Smale

76′ – Knock on France!

Alexandre Becognee could not gather a towering kick that plonked down on him about 30 metres out from his own line and that’s a very good place to have a scrum for the Wallabies!

The scrum goes down, but the Wallabies have the ball and spin it into the centre of the field.

By Simon Smale

75′ – Penalty France!

Oh what a take from Arthur Vincent! He sailed high to take the ball ahead of several Wallabies jumpers down on the 22 metre line.

The French move the ball inside to centre field.

Penalty! Alexandre Becognee is taken high by Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

It’s bang in front, right on the 22.

The boos ring around Lang Park, distastefully.

Dispassionately, Melvyn Jaminet puts the ball between the uprights to level the scores at 30 each.

By Simon Smale

72′ – Penalty Wallabies!

Brandon Paenga-Amosa is everywhere at the moment. He throws a suspiciously flat looking pass after the Wallabies win the lineout.

Then France are penalised at the breakdown!

Penalty 42 metres out, dead in front for Noah Lolesio, as the Lang Park crowd applauds Tate McDermott off the field.

Lolesio nails it!

The Wallabies lead 30-27!

By Simon Smale

70′ – Wallabies defensive lineout

What a kick from substitute Alexandre Becognee. He gathered the box kick on the bounce from McDermott, and then kicked deep into the Wallabies 22.

The Wallabies win the lineout, then McDermott almost escapes a couple of tacklers!

Penalty Wallabies! That will relieve some pressure… They kick it out just over half way.

By Simon Smale

68′ – France runs the ball out of their own five metres!

It’s a France scrum, and they look to run the ball out!

It nearly comes off too, but Pierre-Louis Barassi knocks the ball off in an attempted offload under pressure from Paisami.

By Simon Smale

Win lose or draw I won’t be following rugby anymore. The unwarranted send-off of Marika Koroibete was the last straw! What a joke!

-Rugby Paul

You’ll probably want to change your name in that case, Rugby Paul.

By Simon Smale

67′ – No try Wallabies!

Brandon Paenga-Amosa dives over!

The quick tap resulted in instant pressure on the French line and it took a brilliant tackle to deny the Wallabies first time around.

The French captain is remonstrating with the referee – who is now having a look before the kick can be taken.

Oh no! Hunter Paisami lost the ball in the build up!

It was very much stripped out, but I can’t see how this can be a try…

It’s not. We’ll have a French scrum five metres out in front of their own posts.

Hooper is now having a word with the referee Ben O’Keeffe, but I can’t see what he could have a problem with. Paisami dropped the ball.

Both teams have had a try ruled out for a knock on now…

By Simon Smale

66′ – Wallabies penalty!

This time the front row pops up and we’ll have a reset. Both front rows went up, so nobody had an advantage.

The Wallabies have spent 65 per cent of the game in French territory. They had a man sent off after five minutes…

The Wallabies get a penalty, it’s taken quickly!

Check out all the stats from the game, here.

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