France Pull Off Emphatic Victory Over Canada, But Leave It Late


They pulled away late on, but it was far from convincing.

17-0 and cruising, France switched off for large parts of the middle third in Milton Keynes, allowing Canada reduvce the gap to just six points at one stage of the second half.

But late tries for Pascal Pape and Remy Grosso, and perfection from the boot of Frederic Michalak ensured that France would avoid a shock defeat in the pool for the third World Cup in a row.

Full-time: France 48-18 Canada

France scorers:
Tries: Wesley Fofana, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Pascal Pape, Remy Grosso (1 each)
Conversions: Frederic Michalak (4), Morgan Parra (1)
Penalties: Frederic Michalak (2)
Canada scorers:
Tries: DTH van der Merwe, Aaron Carpenter (1 each)
Conversions: Nathan Hirayama (1)
Penalties: Nathan Hirayama (2)

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