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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 12:11 GMT
France v USA photos
France centre Brian Liebenberg celebrates scoring France's first try
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France centre Brian Liebenberg scores the first try of the match on 14 minutes then adds a second eight minutes later
Fly-half Gerald Merceron (right) kicks a conversion for France
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Fly-half Gerald Merceron (right) kicks three penalties and two conversions in the first half as France establish a 26-0 half-time lead
France full-back Clement Poitrenaud runs with ball in hand
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Full-back Poitrenaud proves to be a thorn in the USA's side all night, orchestrating a number of dangerous counter-attacks
Flanker Kort Schubert barges through a tackle on the attack for the USA
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The USA finally get on the scoreboard three minutes into the second period when flanker Kort Schubert touches down
Brian Liebenberg dives over for France's second try
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South African-born Liebenberg completes his hat-trick on 48 minutes to put France firmly on course for victory and top spot in Pool B
Mike Hercus of the USA makes a dash for the try-line
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Two minutes later the Americans score a second try - fly-half Mike Hercus nips through a gap to touch down
Sebastian Chabal looks to offload a pass
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France are forced to play out the last five minutes with 14 men when Sebastian Chabal is sin-binned for diving in
France celebrates beating the USA to finish top of Pool B
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But they wrap up a 41-14 win, including a bonus point for four tries, and top Pool B to set up a probable quarter-final with Ireland
The USA team applaud the fans as they bid farewell to the World Cup
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The USA finish fourth in their pool but can reflect on a satisfactory World Cup after beating Japan and pushing Fiji close




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