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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2007, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
France 64-7 Georgia
By James Standley

France centre Yannick Jauzion tries to burst through the Georgia defence
Yannick Jauzion showed some sublime touches for France
France (23) 64
Tries: Poitrenaud, Nyanga, Beauxis, Dominici 2, Bruno, Nallet, Martin, Bonnaire
Cons: Beauxis 5
Pens: Beauxis 3

Georgia (0) 7
Tries: Maisuradze
Cons: Khamashuridze

World Cup hosts France beat Georgia but the victory was not enough to help them avoid a quarter-final against favourites New Zealand in Cardiff.

Tries from Clement Poitrenaud, Yannick Nyanga and Lionel Beauxis helped France into a 30-0 half-time lead.

Christophe Dominici (2), Sebastien Bruno, Lionel Nallet, Remy Martin and Julien Bonnaire completed the rout.

The win meant France briefly went top of the group but Argentina's win over Ireland relegated them to second place.

France must now travel to Wales while Argentina, whose victory over the hosts in the first match of the tournament set them on their way to topping Pool D, will meet Scotland in Paris in the last eight.

In the end it was a game too far for Georgia, who have lit up the World up with their never-say-die attitude.

They won their first ever World Cup match when they downed Namibia and also came within inches of shocking Ireland, but there was nothing left in the tank in Marseille on Sunday.

France took an early lead through a Beauxis penalty and he added the conversion after the classy Yannick Jauzion made a superb outside break to set up Poitrenaud, who glided over for the opening try.

France centre David Marty gets to grips with Georgia captain Irakli Abusseridze
Georgia never gave up but France were ultimately too strong

Beauxis, who scored 24 points in all, landed two further penalties either side of a missed penalty attempt by fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili for Georgia and France ran in two more tries before the break.

Nyanga crossed down the blindside for the first before Beauxis went over after a neat scissors with Poitrenaud.

Beauxis converted both scores to put France 30-0 up at the break and they scored their fourth try, earning a bonus point in the process, when Dominici latched onto the fly-half's inch-perfect cross-kick.

Sale hooker Bruno marked his arrival with a score before Dominici latched onto a neat Jean-Baptiste Elissalde kick to grab his second.

Nallet and Martin extended the lead before Zviad Maisuradze powered over for a converted try from a quick tap penalty to give the Georgian fans something to cheer about.

There was a sour note late on, with Otar Eloshvili lucky not to be sent off after a shocking spear tackle on Martin, but overall Georgia's time in France has been a triumph.

The hosts had the last word as number eight Bonnaire went over out wide but they must now travel outside French borders as they bid to keep their World Cup bid alive.

France: Poitrenaud; Rougerie, Marty, Jauzion, Dominici; Beauxis, Mignoni; Milloud, Bruno, Poux, Nallet, Thion, Betsen, Nyanga, Bonnaire.
Replacements: Szarzewski, Mas, Pelous, Martin, Elissalde, Skrela, Clerc.

Georgia: Barkalaia; Urjukashvili, Gigauri, I Guiorgadze, Khamashuridze; Kvirikashvili, Abusseridze; Magrakvelidze, A Guiorgadze, Zirakashvili, Didebulidze, Mtchedlishvili, I Maisuradze, Urushadze, Chkhaidze.
Replacements: Shvelidze, Kopaliana, Datunashvili, Z Maisuradze, Samkharadze, Eloshvili, Elizbarashvili.

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