Australia vs. France: 3rd Test Score, Recap and Post-Match Reaction

Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2016

Australia's Israel Folaua, center, celebrates with his teammates Michael Hooper, left, and Nic White after scoring a try during their Rugby Test Match against France in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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A brace of Israel Folau tries inspired Australia to a 39-13 demolition of France on Saturday, sealing a 3-0 Test series whitewash for the Wallabies in the process.

Ewen McKenzie's outfit were a wholly more impressive side to watch than that of the team that ran out as 6-0 victors in last weekend's second series meeting, with Sky Sports confirming the extent of Saturday's mauling:

Folau crossed over either side of halftime to continue the fine form he's enjoyed both in Super Rugby and internationally of late, cementing his claims of being the world's most in-form fullback at present.

Prior to Saturday's fixture, OptaJonny pointed out just how dangerous the Waratahs' star has been against Les Bleus' defence in this series, beating another five defenders in the third match, per ESPN Scrum:

However, the scoring was opened by Australia's emerging lock prospect Will Skelton, who dotted down after just seven minutes to instantly set this match off as a more exciting prospect than last week's low-scoring affair.

Former England centre Will Greenwood was full of praise for the towering 22-year-old:

Second-half tries from Michael Hooper and substitute Nick Phipps heaped further embarrassment upon the French, with hooker Guilhem Guirado providing the visitors' only try. Scrum-half Maxime Machenaud and fullback Brice Dulin added five and three points from the tee, respectively.

Bernard Foley was in fine kicking form for the hosts and notched four of his five attempted conversions along with two penalties.

Rucking Good Stats broke down the fly-half's performance versus that of opposite number Remi Tales at the halfway mark:

It's another disappointment for Philippe Saint-Andre and his squad, who will undoubtedly be frustrated to leave the Southern Hemisphere with so few positives after producing some good signs at this year's Six Nations.

However, there's no denying the growth of this Australian team, who Charlie Morgan of Rugby World rightly indicates will be one part of an extremely appetising Rugby World Cup group next year:

McKenzie will look at the progress his team are making and the ascendancy of those taking their first steps in national team colours as a sign of things to come, putting the Wallabies in good stead for next year's major tournament.

Australia will now turn their attention to this summer's Rugby Championship, set to kick off in just under two months' time, where they will strive to rock the boat of a New Zealand team that was so dominant in last year's competition, putting up a stiffer challenge of their own.