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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 October, 2003, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
France v Japan photos
France fans dress up for the camera before their match with Japan
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France fans in decorative face paint pose for the cameras before their Pool B match with Japan in Townsville
Aurelien Rougerie of France breaks away to score a try
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France score the first try of the match through Frederic Michalak and notch another as Aurelien Rougerie bursts through
Aurelien Rougerie of France breaks away to score a try against Japan
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Rougerie's pace is enough to take him clear of the Japan defence and his score gives the French a 14-6 lead
George Konia scores a try for Japan
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Japan's George Konia sprints ahead of France's Serge Betsen and his try brings Japan right back into the match
Hiroyuki Tanuma of Japan and Fabien Pelous of France contest the ball
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Japan give the French a real battle all over the pitch and go into half-time only four points behind at 20-16
Japanese scrumhalf Yuji Sonoda, prop Ryo Yamamura and fly-half Andrew Miller tackle French winger Christophe Dominici
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Japan's ferocious defence smothers France's attempts to attack and the boot of Toru Kurihara keeps them in touch
French centre Damien Traille is tackled by Japanese prop Shin Hasegawa
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France's constant pressure sees them score two tries after the break and finally puts daylight between them and the Japanese
French players celebrate a try
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France eventually stretch away to record a far from easy 51-29 victory over the brave Japanese

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