Australia V France: Score and Lessons Learned from Brisbane Test

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Australia V France: Score and Lessons Learned from Brisbane Test
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Australia laid waste to a poor French side in Brisbane to get their Test season off to a flyer with a final score of Australia 50, France 23. 

The Wallabies, fielding a new half-back pairing in Bernard Foley and Nic White along with debutante lock Sam Carter, ran riot over a shambolic French side missing some big names.

The result heaps pressure on coach Philippe Saint-Andre, who seemed at odds with his players’ assessment of where it had gone so horribly wrong.

"Australia were physical, but with a fair bit of urgency," Saint-Andre said, via "I think we panicked too much. Sometimes we needed to play to the space in our game, and not try to do too much against the speed of Australia."

But France captain Nicolas Mas said, via the report, "It's not a question of panicking. When the team was in a position to convert pressure into points we were making errors. We have to continue to work at that and eliminate errors when we've got an opportunity to score."

Here’s what we learned.

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