Wallabies pull off famous win over France after Koroibete red card

Sat, 17/07/2021, 12:30 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallabies create history as they win at Suncorp with a man down for 75 minutes

The Wallabies have defied 75 minutes with a man off the field, earning a famous 33-30 win overe France at Suncorp Stadium to seal the series.

They got off to a horror start after Marika Koroibete was sent from the field in the opening five minutes after a high tackle on Anthony Jelonch

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Despite being down a man, the Wallabies have refused to give up, with tries to Tate McDermott and Noah Lolesio leaving the game tied at 20-all.

However, France took the lead after the break via Pierre-Louis Barassi, which was only brief as Tupou barged over to level the scores.

In the end, a clutch penalty to Noah Lolesio sealed the game and the win for Australia

Noah snatches the intercept

After two slow starts, the Wallabies were eager to begin with a bang as they look to claim the series after their second Test loss on Tuesday.

However, their night got off to what looked to be the worse possible start as Filipo Daugunu came off the field with injury.

Unfortunately, the injury would be compounded shortly afterwards following a restart as France took a 3-0 lead.

Looking to set the tempo, Koroibete would race up and level France captain Anthony Jelonch with a monster hit, connecting with his head.

The Rebels winger was issued a red card for his actions as the TMO judged him to have made direct contact with the head.

Koroibete is sent for a high shot

France looked to kick clear with the match as scrumhalf Baptise Couilloud extended their lead to 10-0.

Down a man, the Wallabies refused to roll over and hit straight back as Michael Hooper burst through, finding Tate McDermott as he darted over.

They would then take the lead as Noah Lolesio latched onto an intercept after 20 minutes.

From here, both sides would trade scores as they went into the break tied at 20-all, reflective of the tense nature of the series.

After the break, the visitors continued to stretch the Wallabies as they spread it wide from a defensive scrum, eventually finding new inclusion Pierre-Louis Barassi for the try.

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However, the Wallabies ‘never say die’ attitude shown throw as substitute Taniela Tupou barged over to tie it up 27-all, re-energizing their forward pack as they turned the momentum.

With the series on the line, Lolesio and Jaminet would trade penalty misses before slotting leky kicks as the Test looked destined for a draw.

In the end, Australia’s second half dominance would shine through as the forwards took control, eventually earning a penalty with three minutes to go.

The young Brumbies flyhalf stepped up to the moment, slotting the goal to give Australia the lead.

The game still had one more twist as the Wallabies looked to close out the game, with France pushing for a try and the win as they kicked for the line.

Up stepped Darcy Swain, with the Brumbies lock swimming through and breaking down the resulting maul, earning the turnover and the win for Australia.

WALLABIES 33

TRIES: McDermott, Lolesio, Tupou

CONS: Lolesio 3

PENS: Lolesio 3

FRANCE 30

TRIES: Couilloud, Woki, Barassi

CONS: Jaminet 3

PENS: Jaminet 3

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