Australia and France starred in one of the most emotional series and couples in recent times in international rugby. The Wallabies had the last word and with the triumph in Brisbane by 33 to 30 they stayed with the last of three games that were always defined in the last moments.
It all started on July 7, with a midweek match, in which France started better, dominated for much of the game, but made a huge mistake on the last play, which allowed the locals to have one more chance. LA loss of the ball in his own line, with time served, ended with a penalty against which Lolesio changed for points to give the agonizing victory to the locals by 23 to 21.
Six days later, at AAMI Park, Le Bleus on a tour without several of its headlines, they would take revenge with another adjusted result (28 to 26). With seven penalties from Jaminet, the last one with three minutes to go, France was able to close a match that despite having been in the lead for a large part, was complicated at the end, to the point that it was very close to losing it. That triumph represented a return to winning on Australian soil after 31 years for those in blue shirts and left the series open for the last duel.
The closing of the series was undoubtedly the most dramatic encounter. With the expulsion of Marika Koroibete four minutes into the game for a high tackle, the game went uphill for the yellow jersey. In a blow-by-blow duel, Davie Rennie’s men reached the last stages of the match with the scorers in their favor. France was able to tie it with a complicated penalty on the last play, but chose to go to the line out and paid dearly with the defeat.
The Australia’s triumph, by 33 to 30 marked the closing of a series that will undoubtedly remain in the memory because of how even and attractive all his acts were.