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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 October, 2003, 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK
Clockwatch: France 51-9 Scotland

All the action from Sydney as France rout Scotland to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Latest action appears first - scroll down for earlier news.


Full-time: France 51-9 Scotland


80 mins: Nicolas Brusque ends the game in style, chipping over the Scots' defence to collect the ball himself and dive over the line. Michalak adds the conversion to take his personal tally to 28 points. France 51-9 Scotland

76 mins: A promising Scotland attack falters as Rob Russell fails to collect a Chris Paterson pass at pace.

70 mins: An audacious long-range drop-goal attempt by Michalak falls short.

64 mins: Scotland are punished for further sloppy handling, which leads to a French counter-attack, culminating in a penalty that Michalak converts. France 44-9 Scotland

60 mins: Scotland's defence crumbles as French captain Fabien Galthie accepts the invitation to cross the line virtually unchallenged following a scrum 10 yards out. Michalak misses only his second kick of the day.France 41-9 Scotland

58 mins: Frederic Michalak slips past two Scottish tackles to power over the line and add to his already impressive tally, putting the game well beyond Scotland. He adds the conversion with little trouble. France 36-9 Scotland

54 mins: Scotland make progress into the French 22, but again the move founders as a result of sloppy passing. However, the Scots win a penalty and Chris Paterson slots it over. France 29-9 Scotland

50 mins: A period of concerted France pressure culminates in a four-man drive towards the Scotland line and Imanol Harinordoquy touches down, with Frederic Michalak kicking the conversion. France 29-6 Scotland

44 mins: France take first blood in the second half with another drop goal, this time from Nicolas Brusque. France 22-6 Scotland

41 mins: Townsend gets the game under way again, with Bruce Douglas having replaced Gavin Kerr as the Scots look to find a way back into the match.


Half-time: France 19-6 Scotland


40 mins: Frederic Michalak adds another three points on the stroke of half-time after Scotland concede a needless penalty in front of their own posts. France 19-6 Scotland

38 mins: A misplaced pass by Bryan Redpath puts France on the counter-attack, but the kick-on rolls over the dead-ball line to the Scots' relief.

37 mins: Chris Paterson narrows the gap with a second successive penalty to keep the Scots in the game. France 16-6 Scotland

34 mins: Serge Betsen crosses the Scots line as the French forwards crash through the Scottish defence. Frederic Michalak kicks the conversion. France 16-3 Scotland

33 mins: Frederic Michalak kicks France further ahead as half-time approaches. France 9-3 Scotland

32 mins: Glenn Metcalfe is penalised for tackling Raphael Ibanez around the neck and referee David McHugh hands the Scots their final warning.

29 mins: Simon Taylor is warned by the referee for a late tackle, but escapes a yellow card.

24 mins: Scotland's players stop for an apparent knock-on by France but the referee fails to give the decision and a try is narrowly avoided by some desperate Scottish defending.

21 mins: Glenn Metcalfe prevents a potential try-scoring opportunity with a solid tackle on the flying Christophe Dominici.

18 mins: Frederic Michalak kicks a superb drop goal from 40 yards to restore France's lead. Cammy Mather is warned for a high tackle that preceded the attempt. France 6-3 Scotland

16 mins: France make good ground of their own with some slick passing among the backs, but they are halted at the Scots' 22.

15 mins: Scotland make good progress but the move founders in midfield as Andy Henderson fails to release the pass quickly enough and Scotland are eventually caught offside.

12 mins: Chris Paterson makes an immediate reply with a simple penalty conversion from in front of the posts. France 3-3 Scotland

11 mins: Frederic Michalak opens the scoring with a penalty from close range after the Scots are penalised for offside. France 3-0 Scotland

9 mins: Christophe Dominici gathers a Gregor Townsend chip kick on his own line and sprints clear of the onrushing Scotland players.

6 mins: Andy Henderson has an attempted drop goal charged down, but Gregor Townsend and Chris Paterson avert the danger with some good defensive cover.

2 mins: Gregor Townsend concedes a penalty for failing to stay on his feet as he enters the ruck, but Frederic Michalak misses his kick.

1137BST: France get the match under way and Scotland concede early possession.


Both sides have made several changes, returning to full strength for this crucial encounter at Telstra Stadium.

France start as heavy favourites, although a heavy pre-match downpour may favour the Scots, who have made a late change to their replacements' bench with Jon Petrie replacing the injured Ross Beattie.

Sylvain Marconnet makes his first start of the tournament for the French, who have also recalled Raphael Ibanez, Jean-Jacques Crenca, Yannick Jauzion and Nicolas Brusque.

Cameron Mather replaces the suspended Martin Leslie in the Scots ranks, while Kenny Logan, Scott Murray and Bryan Redpath all start.


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

Scotland: G Metcalfe; C Paterson, A Craig, A Henderson, K Logan; G Townsend, B Redpath; T Smith, G Bulloch, G Kerr; S Murray, S Grimes; J White, S Taylor, C Mather
Replacements: R Russell, B Douglas, N Hines, J Petrie, M Blair, J McLaren, S Danielli




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