16 Jun 2014

Wallbies win dour Melbourne match

11:28 am on 16 June 2014

Australia have beaten France 6--0 in an ugly, try-less Test in Melbourne to seal the three-match series 2-0.

In a low-quality clash that even purists would have struggled to appreciate, second half penalties to Bernard Foley and Nic White backed by a dogged defence secured the Wallabies' sixth successive win.

Having let the home side do as they pleased in a 50-23 romp in Brisbane, a more resolute France, with 10 changes to the starting lineup, had the better of a scoreless first half and threatened to snatch the match in a last-gasp raid.

But the Wallabies held on and France's chance to break a 24-year winning drought on Australian soil went begging.

The Australia coach Ewen McKenzie was unapologetic after a match which saw both sides refuse to attack from their half while committing myriad handling errors, despite the perfect conditions under a closed roof.