Nicholas White (64), Bernard Foley (52)



Full Time
A different performance from Australia tonight who played a bit like the Springboks really as they sought to strangle the French with tactical kicking and pressure. The French were a better side this week with the return of their big players but also made too many mistakes. Both teams lacked the general execution to provide a good spectacle.

The French give it everything as they desperately try to steal it at the death with a try! The Aussies defend for their lives and manage to win a penalty as Picamoles is caught holding on! The Aussies kick into touch and that's the match!

Starting to see the game open up a bit as Australia attack aggressively! The french make a steal and counter-attack with traditional flair! The Aussies hack a loose ball but it goes out on the full. France in an attacking position with 2 min to play!

Australia turnover the ball and Toomua puts in a kick to get good field position. They come back for a previous penalty and Toomua finds touch 30m out.

Kurtley Beale puts some much needed pace into the attack and creates some space! The French do well at the breakdown and win a penalty.

Another chance out wide for the home side after a great run from Folau! The pass from Beale to Ashley-Cooper is poor and he knocks on!

Another missed kick from Australia! The French will have to play the remainder of the game with just 14 men!

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, LE ROUX. Bernard le Roux has collapsed an Australian maul and has been given 10 min in the bin.

Toomua hacks the ball downfield after a loose pass from France. Adam Ashley-Cooper is after it and the races is on! Ashley-Cooper just fumbles it as he tries to dive onto it metres out from the try line! Missed opportunity there!

PENALTY, AUS, WHITE, 6-0. White just sneaks it in to extend the lead to 6 points. Just a bit of breathing space for Australia.

French are penalized again and the ref dishes out a warning! White is taking a shot at goal and should be three more points.

The wallabies are penalized due to poor execution at the ruck. The French clear.

A cross kick nearly results in a try for the home side! The Wallabies had a penalty advantage and to the crowds delight have set up a line out instead of taking the points.

The Aussies scrum strongly and get the better of the French with a penalty as the reward. Toomua finds a decent touch. Good position for Australia now!

The French finally show some flair and open up space in the Australia midfield! Guilhem Guirado is in the clear and looks form support. Unfortunately one of the passes is given as forward. Good to actually see some rugby in the game!

PENALTY, AUS, FOLEY, 3-0. Finally! Foley hits it straight and true to take the lead!

Aussies attack well and come close! They win a penalty and Foley will have a shot straight in front. We should get our first points!

Foley puts a great kick over the french backs which goes out inside the visitors 22m. I prefer the Wallabies of last week.

Aus get another penalty and White's attempt hits the posts this time!! The Wallabies were chasing and nearly score before being taken into touch. This match is just refusing to give us points!

White pushes it as well as not striking it cleanly to get the distance.

France get us underway for the second half! Aus immediately win a penalty just inside the French half and White will have a shot from distance.

Kick Off
The first time that the first half has ended scoreless between these two sides since 1958. And that's probab;y the most exciting stat I have to report on. Many handling errors, poor kicking and general execution has lead to no points being accumulated from either side. France with their Top 14 final recruits have ensured that their physicality is up to scratch this week which has forced the Aussies to play a more tactical kicking type game. Hopefully the match will open up a bit in the second half.

Great work from Hooper who wins the penalty for the home side! They kick into touch to end a scoreless half!

Another penalty to France as McCalman is slow to roll away. They kick for touch and will have one last crack before half time.

Oh no! Yannick Nyanga charges down Matt Toomua but he just knocks on as he attempt to gather it with the try line in front of him! He's furious with himself. Definite try was on if he had picked it up cleanly!

Parra's kick is wide yet again! We still have no points in this match!

Penalty to France with Australia making contact with the line out jumper in the air. Parra with another chance to get some points!

A lot of kicking being used tonight as Australia especially using White to get them playing in the right areas. Even Folau is kicking!

0-0 has been a fair reflection of the game with poor execution being the main culprit. A far more physical affair compared to last week.

Australia showing some great attacking play with Folau causing a bit of trouble as usual. Toomua wastes a penalty chance by kicking for the corner and hits it too long and they came back for a French scrum.

Tough call on Australia as the try is disallowed. Toomua apparently interfered with the french defender.

After a bit of ping pong between the two sides, Nick White has a run and offloads to Horwill to get things going! They go wide to Toomua who chip kicks towards the line. It bounces in favour of Australia and Ben McCalman dots down! Ref checking upstairs to check for any infringements.

Parra's kick is wide! Aus clear. Just poor execution from both sides tonight so far. France set up for a backline move off a line out and just poor handling leads to a knock on!

Not very clinical from Australia as they throw a loose pass and lose possession. After regaining possession they commit a foul at the breakdown on the halfway. Parra will have a long range effort to get the first points of the night!

The Wallabies win a penalty as they put pressure on the French at the breakdown. Toomua finds a decent touch to set up an Aus attack!

The French win a penalty and kick for a line out. The visitors attack powerfully now into the Wallabies 22m. A loose pass brings their attack to an end with a knock on. Poor from them as they were in a great attacking position!

Wallabies have a scrum on halfway after a poor line out throw from Guilhem Guirado. The back line are all standing close together around. Will hopefully see the backs try something creative here.

The French find all kinds of holes in the Aus defensive as their runners make massive ground! Hooper manages to steal the ball on their try line and the Aussies kick to relieve some pressure.

Kick Off
Foley gets us underway! France kick back to Australia and Folau has the first run! The Wallabies hold onto the ball for 14 phases before a loose pass is grabbed by the french who kick downfield to the tryline! Foley wins the chase and manages to dot down for 22m drop!

Sharp conditions and after some rousing anthems we''re all set to get underway!

Australia news: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has made three personnel changes to the starting XV from the opening Test with hooker Stephen Moore (knee), lock Sam Carter (ankle) and back-row Wycliff Palu (ankle) all ruled out through injury. Medical staff have taken a cautious approach with Palu, who sustained an ankle injury in his milestone 50th game for Australia. He is expected to return for the final game of the series in Sydney on Saturday 21 June. Replacing Moore is powerhouse Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who produced a devastating 76 minute performance in Australia's 50-23 victory over the French at the weekend. Horwill comes in for Carter while Western Force workhorse Ben McCalman continues his breakthrough 2014 campaign with selection at number eight. Three players are also in line to make their Test debuts with Western Force hooker Nathan Charles and Melbourne Rebels pair Laurie Weeks and Luke Jones all chosen on the bench. The Rebels will have a strong Melbourne contingent in the Wallabies side for Saturday's match on home soil with Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham another looking to make an impact in the game as a replacement.

France news: France have made ten changes to their starting XV for the second Test against Australia in Melbourne as skipper Thierry Dusautoir returns. Wing Yoann Huget, centre Wesley Fofana, number eight Damien Chouly, lock Yoann Maestri and hooker Guilhem Guirado are the only survivors from the starting XV that lost 50-23 in the first Test. Inspirational captain Dusautoir starts on the flank having requested to sit out the tour opener. He is joined in the run-on side by fly-half Rémi Talès and full-back Brice Dulin from Castres as well as centre Mathieu Bastareaud and prop Alexandre Menini from Toulon, who were not considered last week due to their last arrival following the French domestic final. Toulouse wing Maxime Medard and club team-mate Yannick Nyanga also start while Stade Français prop Rabah Slimani takes over from last week's captain Nicolas Mas at tighthead. Morgan Parra has also been selected at scrum-half following his 10-minute cameo off the bench at Suncorp Stadium where he scored France's first try. Frédéric Michalak will cover both half-back positions from the bench that features just two backs. Louis Picamoles has been named amongst the replacements as the French make 13 changes in all.

Welcome to our live coverage of this international test match featuring the Wallabies and the French at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Last week saw the Aussies ran away with it with some exciting running rugby. The French will most certainly look to be tougher opponents this time around.

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