Rugby Test Match: Mad France win, Australia 23-21

In Brisbane, Bleus threw possession and suffered a counterattack and agreed to a penalty in which Lolesio signs a sensational comeback, which invalidated Villier’s goal. Meanwhile, the Lions Tour of South Africa is increasingly becoming an obstacle course

Australia defeated France 23-21 in Brisbane in the first of three scheduled Tests of the series. Stunning success, the result of a resounding gift from Bleus, who finished over time on the last possession, instead of kicking the oval out of his way, give it to the opponent who builds the winning goal move.


To say that, you have to start from the end. When France, who are leading 21-20, managed to keep the ball on the touchline in their half, albeit with difficulty, but then Teddy Eribaren unloaded a very dangerous ball on Louis Carbonnel, who instead of throwing it stuck with Damien Benaud. And the Wallabies unexpectedly found the ball in hand. Then they launched a last violent attack that takes them directly under the goal posts, the French defend themselves, but out of the game, so the easy penalty arrives allowing Noah Lolisio to overtake and win. The match that was within reach from the start thanks to two goals from Gabin Villiers. Brandon Bayinga-Amosa kept Ballap in the aftermath, always less so even in the second half: Carbonell (turned and put in at half-time) signed the extension at 53 minutes always with a free kick, but then it was the captain who reopened Michael Hopper in the second half. In the 71st minute. Lolesio contributed two places before the switch and then the decisive ball as time expired.


On the other hand, the continuation of the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, pending the series with world champion Springboks, is increasingly at risk. A team member tested positive for Covid and with him two teammates and two players have been quarantined. As a result, tonight’s match with the Sharks was initially called off, so it was decided to postpone the kick-off to 20. Things are not going well even on the South African front, given that the scheduled test with Georgia was canceled due to a streak of positivity for both teams. At this point, it gets really hard to assume that on day 24 we can take the field for the first test between South Africa and the Lions.

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