x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Giteau in top gear as Aussies run riot

Matt Giteau scored 20 points in a brilliant solo performance as Australia thrashed a weakened France 40-10.

Australia's No10 Matt Giteau is congratulated by teammates after an instrumental display in beating France 40-10.
Australia's No10 Matt Giteau is congratulated by teammates after an instrumental display in beating France 40-10.

BRISBANE // Matt Giteau scored 20 points in a brilliant solo performance to lead Australia to a record 40-10 win against an under-strength France in the second Test at Lang Park in Brisbane. The flyhalf landed four conversions and three penalties and had a hand in each of Australia's four tries as the Wallabies chalked up their biggest win against the French since the countries first met in 1928. The replacement back Ryan Cross scored two second-half tries while wing Peter Hynes and lock James Horwill both scored before the interval.

France, who made wholesale changes to their side after losing last weekend's opening test in Sydney 34-13, rarely threatened the Australians but managed a last-minute consolation try from flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc. *Reuters