Wallabies strike rock bottom after French lesson
France 26 Australia 16
Monday 07 November 2005
Jones, the coach since 2001, will name his XV to face England on Thursday and the areas of concern are manifold. The fly-half Matt Giteau's kicking out of hand was dreadful, Australia's perennial struggles in the scrummage are not abating, and Brendan Cannon's throwing-in to the line-out was more miss than hit. A loose Cannon, indeed.
Jones, who needs no reminding that his side are on the point of emulating the seven matches in a row lost by the woeful Wallabies of 1968-69, was asked if he felt under personal pressure. "Mmm, I think that would be an understatement. I take responsibility for the performance of the side and it wasn't good enough."
George Gregan was a peripheral figure on the occasion of his world record 115th cap for a single country, which is saying something for a captain and scrum-half. Jones may promote one or more of the young bucks, including Lloyd Johansson and Drew Mitchell in the backs.
But there were words of encouragement from Thomas Castaignède, who returned to French Test duty after a 29-month gap. "I'm not scared for Australia, " said the Saracens utility back. "They've got the team to win in England. This guy Mitchell is a danger and this new centre, Johansson - phew, he's good. The biggest mistake England could make is not to take Australia seriously."
France's own Test centurion Fabien Pelous made what appeared a blatant elbow into the face of Cannon early in the second half. The match commissioner, Peter Brown of Scotland, has until 11pm today to consider citing the French captain.
There was a French try in each half from Cédric Heymans and Rémy Martin, but fly-half Frédéric Michalak went off with a sore neck and yesterday the injury-ridden Bleus made five changes in a squad of 23 for the second of their autumn Tests against Canada on Saturday.
Wasps' hooker Raphaël Ibañez was called up, but Sale's Sébastien Chabal was released.
France: Tries Heymans, Martin; Conversions Elissalde 2; Penalties Elissalde 3, Michalak.
Australia: Try Mitchell; Conversion Rogers; Penalties Rogers 3.
France: J Laharrague (Perpignan); A Rougerie (Clermont-Auvergne), Y Jauzion, F Fritz, C Heymans; F Michalak, J-B Elissalde (all Toulouse); O Milloud (Bourgoin), D Szarzewski, P de Villiers (both Stade Français), F Pelous (Toulouse, capt), J Thion (Biarritz), Y Nyanga (Toulouse), R Martin (Stade Français), T Lièvremont (Biarritz). Replacements: T Castaignède (Saracens) for Jauzion, 66; Y Delaigue (Castres) for Michalak, 46; S Marconnet (Stade Français) for Milloud, 72; S Bruno (Sale Sharks) for Szarzewski, 61; L Nallet (Castres) for Pelous, 70; G Lamboley (Toulouse) for Nyanga, 79; S Chabal (Sale Sharks) for Lièvremont, 78.
Australia: C Latham (Queensland Reds); W Sailor, L Tuqiri, M Turinui, M Rogers (all NSW Waratahs); M Giteau (ACT Brumbies), G Gregan (ACT, capt); M Dunning, B Cannon (both NSW), A Baxter (NSW), M Chisholm (ACT), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Elsom (NSW), G Smith (ACT), P Waugh (NSW). Replacements: L Johansson (QLD) for Turinui, 61; D Mitchell (QLD) for Giteau, 65; G Holmes (QLD) for Dunning, 80; S Moore (QLD) for Cannon 50-64, 78; H McMeniman (QLD) for Chisholm, 67; J Roe (QLD) for Elsom, 58.
Referee: P Honiss (New Zealand).
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food