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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 October, 2003, 09:11 GMT 10:11 UK
Clockwatch: Fiji 18-61 France
All the action from the Pool B match between Fiji and France in Brisbane.
Latest first - scroll down for earlier action.



80 mins: Dominici scores at the corner to finish off a wonderful night for the French. The final act of the game is Merceron's conversion attempt which is pulled wide.
Fiji 18-61 France

77 mins: France score again, Raphael Ibanez taking the honour of touching down at the back of a forward drive from a close range penalty. Gerald Merceron's first touch of the ball is a wayward conversion attempt.
Fiji 18-56 France

74 mins: It is back to 15 v 15 as Caucaunibuca and Magne's time on the sidelines is over, although the Frenchman does not return to the field, being replaced by Christian Labit.

71 mins: France are closing in on the half-century as Jauzion caps another fast-flowing French move for his hat-trick. Michalak's conversion brings up the 50.
Fiji 18-51 France

67 mins: Jauzion's over for his second try of the match. Again it is Marsh who creates the space for his centre partner. The try gives France a bonus point. Michalak lands the conversion.
Fiji 18-44 France

63 mins: Michalak is the jam in the sandwich of a hard and high double tackle. Punches are flying again and Serge Betsen and Olivier Magne are downed. Order is restored and there are cards this time. Caucaunibuca turns from hero to villain and is shown a yellow for landing a haymaker on Magne. The Frenchmen joins him on the sidelines for 10 minutes.

61 mins: Tempers flare but the referee sees no need to pull out a card of any colour.

59 mins: A roar of approval reverberates around the ground as Sevens legend Waisale Serevi comes on for Ligairi.

56 mins: France are well and truly back on top. The centres combine with Tony Marsh sending Yannick Jauzion over to finish a good move. Michalak adds the two points.
Fiji 18-37 France

50 mins: Fiji do not release again and Michalak is on hand to add three more points.
Fiji 18-30 France

47 mins: Michalak gets another chance to add three points but hits the upright. The referee is getting annoyed by persistent Fijian infringements.

45 mins: Fiji do not heeds the referee's call to "roll away" at the ruck. Michalak slots the penalty from in front of the posts.
Fiji 18-27 France

43 mins: Rupeni Caucaunibuca scores a quite sensational try. Collecting a floated pass inside his own half he skins Rougerie on the outside before stepping inside Nicolas Brusque to score under the posts. Little adds the two points and Fiji are right back in the match.
Fiji 18-24 France

41 mins: The spotlight's back on Little who lands a 30m penalty.
Fiji 11-24 France

1131 BST: Little, looking like a Samurai warrior, gets the game back underway.


40 mins: Referee Alain Rolland blows for half-time.

37 mins: Only a last ditch tackle that bumps Rougerie into touch denies France a quick-fire hat-trick.

34 mins: Fiji are immediately back on their own line after Norman Ligairi makes a mess of a grubber kick. Fijian obstruction results in a French penalty. Galthie opts to run it and Imanol Harinordoquy crashes over with the support of the forwards. Michalak makes no mistake with the conversion this time.
Fiji 8-24 France

33 mins: France turn to the blind-side from a scrum on the Fijian 22 and quick hands release Christophe Dominici for a score in the corner. Michalak pushes the conversion wide.
Fiji 8-17 France

30 mins: Fiji skipper Alifereti Doviverata dives in at a ruck and it is another French penalty. Michalak strokes through his fourth kick of the night.
Fiji 8-12 France

28 mins: Fiji are unable to build up any real momentum due to a tendency to give away silly free-kicks and penalties. They are increasingly on the back foot and only a knock-on stops another French attack.

26 mins: France sneak ahead with another penalty from an offside decision.
Fiji 8-9 France

20 mins: The try has stung France who string together their best passage of play. Seven phases of play breaks down on the touchline deep in Fiji territory.

17 mins: Fiji capitalise on a poor Aurelien Rougerie clearance kick. Quick hands on the touchline create space for lock Api Naevo who powers over from close range. Little's effort from the touchline is pushed just wide.
Fiji 8-6 France

15 mins: Michalak misses with a penalty effort from the 10m line.

13 mins: Fiji work the ball back-and-forth along the backline but there is no way through a flat and forceful French defensive line.

11 mins: The game is taking time to get going and there is a bit of niggle at the ruck between Greg Smith and Fabien Galthie.

9 mins: A collapsed scrum gives Michalak another pop at goal. He makes no mistake despite the chorus of jeers around the ground. It is clear where local loyalty lies.
Fiji 3-6 France

6 mins: It is tit-for-tat in the kicking stakes with Michalak slotting a penalty for France to level the scores.
Fiji 3-3 France

4 mins: The opening exchanges are marked by some wayward kicking, but come the first place kick of the match, Fiji's Nicky Little is bang on target.
Fiji 3-0 France

1039: France's Frederic Michalak gets the game underway.

1037: After stunning renditions of the two national anthems, the teams line up for the Fijian cibi.

1030 BST: The teams run out under the lights in Brisbane for the first Pool B match of the World Cup.

France have never lost to Fiji in three previous World Cup meetings and will be looking to maintain that trend at the Suncorp Stadium.

But Fiji feel they have a score to settle having lost the last of those matches in the closing minutes in 1999.

The Pacific Islanders have left experienced winger Marika Vunibaka on the bench, handing a starting place to Vilimori Delesau instead.

France open their campaign nursing some injuries with prop Sylvain Marconnet and wing Xavier Garbajosa ruled out.


France: N Brusque; A Rougerie, T Marsh, Y Jauzion, C Dominici; F Michalak, F Galthie (capt); J-J Crenca, R Ibanez, J-B Poux; F Pelous, J Thion; S Betsen, O Magne, I Harinordoquy
Replacements: Y Bru, O Milloud, O Brouzet, C Labit, G Merceron, D Traille, P Elhorga.

Fiji: N Ligairi; V Delasau, A Tuilevu, S Rabeni, R Caucaunibuca; N Little, M Rauluni; R Nyholt, G Smith, J Veitayaki; I Rawaqa, A Naevo; S Koyamaibole, K Salawa, A Doviverata (capt)
Replacements: B Gadolo, N Seru, K Leawere, V Maimuri, S Rabaka, W Serevi, M Vunibaka




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