France complete clean sweep

Mon, Nov 26, 2012, 00:00

France completed a treble of November victories when a ruthless performance by Frederic Michalak helped them beat Samoa 22-14 at the Stade de France on Saturday.

In a match locked firmly in a battle between forwards, outhalf Michalak scored a try and kicked 14 points as Les Bleus added to their victories against Australia and Argentina. The victory helps France to consolidate fourth place in the rankings ahead of the 2015 World Cup draw.

Samoa’s power troubled France throughout the match, with David Lemi and Joe Tekori scoring tries, both of which were converted by Tusi Pisi.

“Mission accomplished,” France manager Philippe Saint Andre said afterwards.

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