France flay Samoa

A first half blitz was good enough to ensure France defeated Samoa 43-5 in Paris.

Les Tricolores made 12 changes to the team that defeated the Springboks, but their second-stringers produced a seven-try effort.

They went into a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes, and the game was effectively over as a contest. The Samoans weren’t helped by their disorganised defence and poor goal-kicking as they missed three easy penalties, but the last two tries of the half came down to poor officiating.

The TMO surprisingly awarded a try from a drive where the ball, and the supposed player who had grounded it, were out of sight. Referee Dave Pearson then missed a clear knock-on in the lead up to debutant winger Benjamin Fall’s try that ensured France went into the break 33-0 up.

The French took 20 minutes to get back into their stride in the second half, but then flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc claimed a brace. Samoa eventually got on the scoreboard after 70 minutes through replacement lock Joe Tekori.