Wallabies eye sixth win on the bounce
November 5, 2012
Drew Mitchell races away to score in their meeting back in 2010 © Getty Images
France and Australia go toe-to-toe at the Stade de France on Saturday with the Wallabies out to record their sixth straight victory over Les Bleus.
The last time the pair met back in 2010, the Wallabies recorded one of the most impressive wins in their history as they left a shell-shocked Stade de France with a 59-16 victory. Australia ran riot with Drew Mitchell notching three of their seven tries. James O'Connor also shone for the Wallabies with 29 points while France had a sole penalty try to their name .
That was the Wallabies' fifth consecutive victory following their trio of wins in 2008 (34-13 in Sydney, 40-10 in Brisbane and 18-13 in the Stade de France) and a further triumph in June 2009. Their record at the Stade de France is also favourable with four victories in their last five encounters with the 2008 and 2010 wins bolstered by others in 1998 and 2000.
But the tale of the tape between the teams also paints a picture of a tough rivalry punctuated by several classic encounters, including Serge Blanco's late intervention in the 1987 Rugby World Cup semi-finals and the Wallabies' triumphant display in the 1999 final.
France v Australia all-time record: Played 41; France won 16, Australia won 23, two draws
Biggest winning margin: Fra: 28 points, 34-6 at Parc des Princes, 1976; Aus: 43 points, 59-16 at Stade de France, 2010
Highest score: Fra: 34 points, 34-6 at Parc des Princes, 1976; Aus: 59 points, 59-16 at Stade de France, 2010
Most tries: Fra: Six, 34-6 at Parc des Princes, 1976; Aus: Seven, 59-16 at Stade de France, 2010
Longest winning sequence: Fra: Four (1948-1967); Aus: Six (1993-2000)
Most points (individual): Fra: Didier Camberabero 74 ; Aus: Michael Lynagh 126
Most tries (individual): Fra: Five, Serge Blanco; Aus: Five, David Campese
Most points in a Test: Fra: 21, Didier Camberabero at Sydney Football Stadium, 1990; Aus: 29, James O'Connor at Stade de France in 2010
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