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France 87-10 Namibia

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By Mark Orlovac

606: DEBATE

2146: Thanks very much for your company tonight. I am off to put my hands in a bucket of cold water.

"Being fully Irish I am both enjoying and not enjoying this score."
From Nardol -chappuchino? on 606

FULL-TIME: France 87-10 Namibia
That's it - the final whistle. France needed good performance tonight and that is what they produced. The swagger returned in Toulouse and it is the perfect way to warm up for the crucial Ireland clash next Friday. Players like Chabal, Elissalde and Michalak have put their hands up for that one. Namibia never stopped battling but they were never going to much the French, especially with 14 men.

79 mins: TRY France 87-10
Great moment for Namibia as centre Bradley Langenhoven intercepts a Yannick Jauzion pass to run the length of the field to score a try he will never forget. Losper adds the conversion.

75 mins: TRY France 87-3 Namibia
Namibian wing Ryan Witbooi is forced to run the ball out of play near his own line as he deals with a kick through. From the line-out, France bundle over and replacement hooker Raphael Ibanez comes up with the ball. Elissalde misses the conversion. Worryingly for France though, substitute lock Fabien Pelous is forced off with what looks like a knee injury.

"Being half Namibian, I'm very much not enjoying the score at the moment!
From MK, via text

71 mins: Namibia get blown away at the scrum and the ball is flung wide. Clerc runs out of space on the wing but kicks forward and manages to beat the scrambling defence to the ball in the in-goal area. It is touch and go as to whether he actually got any downward pressure and the TMO does not give the try.

"Being half French, I very much appreciate the score at the moment....France to win the cup!
From FB, via text

65 mins: TRY France 82-3
After a brief lull to let the keyboard cool down, France are at it again. Heymans fires a long miss pass to Clerc who crashes over in the corner for his hat-trick. The decision is referred to the TMO but there is no doubt. Elissalde fires over from the touchline. Surely he has done enough to claim the number nine shirt for the Ireland game.

59 mins: TRY France 75-3 Namibia
Namibia are tiring, and quickly. A lovely inside pass from Michalak releases Marty who feeds Clerc. The Toulouse man cuts in from his wing to score his second. Elissalde converts. This is now France's biggest World Cup win - eclipsing their 70-12 thumping of Zimbabwe in 1987.

56 mins: TRY France 68-3 Namibia
This is getting silly now. France look like they will score every time they get the ball and at the moment, they are. Elissalde cheekily throws a dummy to find a gap, strolls over for the try and then converts. Nice.

53 mins: TRY France 61-3 Namibia
After Losper misses with a huge penalty attempt, Chabal bulldozes his way from inside his own half - through the scrambling Namibian defence - to dive over the line. What a try, what a player. Elissalde converts from the touchline.

49 mins: TRY France 54-3 Namibia
Wonderful break from France with Dusautoir, Yannick Nyanga and Nallet all involved. Namibia put their hands in the ruck as they desperately try and slow down the attack. The impressive Elissalde sends a kick across field to Chabal who collects and scores the most popular try of the evening. Elissalde converts.

47 mins: TRY 47-3 Namibia
It is men v boys in the scrum. France push and heave forward and Namibia have no response. Number eight Julien Bonnaire controls with his feet and simply touches the ball down when the scrum goes over the line. Easy. Elissalde converts.

46 mins: France are camped in the Namibian 22 but the men in blue (that's Namibia by the way) are defending with everything they have. Poitrenaud comes into the line and has three sidesteps before being brought down just before the line.

41 mins: Having a few technical issues here but we will plod on regardless. Namibia start the half and Clerc attacks from the off only for wing Heinrich Bock to put him into touch.

"Watching the replay of the red card. It was definitely a fair call. Have they found Chabal's head yet?"
From on 606 germooney

HALF-TIME France 40-3 Namibia
The whistle blows and France can be very satisfied with their first-half display - even though it is against 14 men. The players leave the field to a standing ovation.

40 mins: TRY France 40-3 Namibia
France pile forward and Michalak teases his way across the line before popping a pass to Nallet, who barges his way over for his second try. Elissalde kicks the two points.

38 mins: TRY France 33-3 Namibia
Direct stuff from Marty who breaks through the Namibian defence. France get quick ball and Clerc is sent over in the corner. He manages to run all the way round to touchdown underneath the posts, Rolland goes to the TMO just to check if Marty had stepped out of bounds but there are no problems. Elissalde converts.

"Was the red card justified or should it have been yellow? I wouldn't disagree with the call but usually, the offender would get away with a yellow."
From germooney on 606

32 mins: TRY France 26-3 Namibia
Damien Traille breaks and then is on hand at the end of the move to draw his man and release Castres lock Lionel Nallet for the try. That's the bonus point then. Elissalde strokes over the conversion.

30 mins: Namibia steal the ball as France try and rumble their way downfield. Full-back TC Losper finds a gap in defence and Namibia attack but a knock on ends it pretty sharpish.

27 mins: It's all France. Poitrenaud splits the line with a direct run from deep. The ball goes through the hands and an overlap beckons but Chabal delivers a forward pass. It is all a bit quiet in Toulouse at the moment and the fizz has gone from the game. Maybe the sending off did that.

25 mins: After a bit of mucking about by the French deep in their own in-goal area, France attack again. It all looks fine until Marty spills the ball despite there being very little pressure.

"Game over. Red card and all faint Namibia hopes go in the smoke."
LatvianAllBlacksFan

21 mins: TRY France 19-3 Namibia
From the resulting penalty, France get the drive on and Thierry Dusautoir is bundled over. Elissalde adds the conversion and the home side are edging away.

19 mins: Michalak finds a gap to start another attack. Sebastien Chabal takes the ball on but is felled by a dreadful high tackle from our friend Nieuwenhuis. Referee Alain Rolland shows no hesitation and sends the forward off - the second red card of the tournament so far. Seems a little bit harsh to me but whatever, Namibia's task has just got a whole lot harder.

14 mins: There is a little bit of biffo after number eight Jacques Nieuwenhuis goes high on Marty. It all calms down quickly enough and we can all get on with the game.

"Oh well 12-3! I think I am doing more commentary than Mark O!!!
From RebelArmyRedDevil on 606

Give me a chance lads!! I am typing as quick as I can. Promise.

11 mins: TRY France 12-3 Namibia
I have a funny feeling I'm going to struggle to keep up with this. Michalak shapes to kick but passes instead and France are off. Namibia fall off their tackles and Marty barges through from seven metres out. Skipper Elissalde slots over the extras.

10 mins: DROP GOAL France 5-3 Namibia
Namibia get into French territory and from out of nowhere Emile Wessels slots over a drop goal.

7 mins: TRY France 5-0 Namibia
Namibia clear poorly after turning over the ball with French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski isolated. Clement Poitrenaud counters and eventually centre David Marty shows quick hands to play in Cedric Heymans for the try. Nice move. Elissalde misses the conversion.

5 mins: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde produces a lovely grubber to the corner and France can put the pressure on. Namibia are struggling to get out of their half and the first chorus of "Allez les Bleus" ring around the stadium.

"I hope they can do the Six Nations proud albeit against Namibia. Go England if not go France."
From ZenTaylor on 606

1 min: Michalak starts the game. Namibia are soon on the back foot though as wing Vincent Clerc charges forward. Good start from France.

1959: Stirring anthems as usual. La Marseillaise has to be one of the best game openers in the world. It's got me 'pumped' here in London, goodness knows what it does to the players.

1956: The players take to the field. Despite the criticism the France team has received over the last nine days, they are given a warm reception at the Stade Municipal. There is a good atmosphere and I can't believe they haven't moved Corrie for this.

1952: All eyes will be on Michalak at his former home ground. The fly-half, on his day one of the most creative backs in the world, could nail the 10 jersey if he shines tonight. As good a half-back as he is though, Michalak lets himself down with a very silly tramlined haircut. Oh dear.

"France to win comfortably. However, it will be interesting to observe whether they have managed to calm the nerves that they felt during their disastrous opening defeat to the Pumas."
From SunDragon2007 on 606

1944: The loss to Argentina on 7 September did not, I repeat not, go down well. The chairman of the French Federation, Bernard Lapasset, told sports daily L'Equipe: "I'm very disappointed, I'm hurt. I have a feeling of betrayal, maybe the word is too strong, a feeling of desertion."

So no pressure then lads.

1935: Evening all. Welcome to the text commentary on the final game of what has seemed a very long weekend.

France are still reeling from their opening-day disaster against Argentina and need to produce a dominant performance against a team ranked 24 in the world to settle the nerves of a concerned rugby public.

Les Bleus take to the field showing 12 changes to the side that lost to the Pumas but in truth, that could have happened anyway with the must-win clash against Ireland looming large on the horizon.

Players such as Frederic Michalak, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and Julien Bonnaire could force their way into the side for the Irish match should they impress in Toulouse.

Namibia produced a spirited performance against Ireland in their opening match and coach Hakkies Husselman has made just two changes to his starting line-up.

Jurie van Tonder takes over from Eugene Jantjies at scrum-half and Michael Mackenzie will start at blind-side flanker.

The countries have played once before with France winning 47-13 at Bordeaux during the 1999 World Cup.


France: Poitrenaud; Clerc, Marty, Traille, Heymans; Michalak, Elissalde; Poux, Szarzewski, de Villiers, Chabal, Nallet, Nyanga, Dusautoir, Bonnaire.
Replacements: Ibanez, Mas, Pelous, Harinordoquy, Beauxis, Jauzion, Rougerie.

Namibia: Losper; Witbooi, Langenhoven, van Zyl, Bock; Wessels, van Tonder; Lensing (capt), Horn, du Toit, Kazombiaze, Esterhuize, MacKenzie, Burger, Nieuwenhuis.
Replacements: Meyer, Redelinghuys, Lindvelt, du Plessis, Jantjies, Botes, Africa.


SEE ALSO
France 87-10 Namibia
16 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
Ireland 32-17 Namibia
09 Sep 07 |  Irish
France 12-17 Argentina
07 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
France RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides
Namibia RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


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