France stun Wallabies with late Test win

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The Wallabies' Test series against France will be decided in Brisbane after Melvyn Jaminet booted his team to a thrilling 28-26 victory at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

Jaminet's 78th minute strike - his seventh penalty of the match - secured France's first win over the Wallabies on Australian soil in 31 years.

The Wallabies looked like they would repeat their last-gasp victory in the opening Test, with Noah Lolesio again stepping up to put his side in front with a penalty in the 75th minute.

But this time Les Bleus wouldn't be denied, earning a scrum penalty against the feed and fullback Jaminet kicking his team home to finish with a personal tally of 23 points.

France captain Anthony Jelonch said he knew his forward pack were going to deliver something special at the scrum.

"I could see the forwards' faces before that last scrum and I could see they were very committed and were telling me, 'We're going to win it'," he said.

"I'm so proud of the players tonight and particularly Melvyn who kicked 100 per cent."

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said discipline at the breakdown, with nine penalties, as well as crucial errors hurt his team.

"We were disappointed," Rennie said.

"We didn't get off to the fast start that we wanted but we fought our way back in and thought we'd stolen it late but not to be.

"You've got to give France credit - they were really good over the ball ... and that had a massive affect on our continuity and ability to hurt them.

"It's disappointing but we have seen a lot of character in this group and we are pretty determined, so we will bounce back on Saturday."

While it wasn't always pretty, the Australians chanced their hands, scoring two tries to one.

But just like in the first Brisbane Test, the Wallabies let the French skip away to a 10-point lead.

Barnstorming winger Marika Koroibete was again among Australia's best, running for a game-high 136 metres, and was unlucky to be denied two first-half tries.

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper was tireless, and backed up a Tom Banks' break to cross in the 70th minute to put his team back in the hunt.

The only French try came in the 21st minute against the run of play through winger Damien Penaud, with the Jaminet conversion setting up a 13-3 lead.

The Wallabies also snatched a vital five-pointer just before halftime when they hammered the visitors' line before prop Taniel Tupou showed his skills to throw a cut-out pass for halfback Jake Gordon to go into the break down 13-16.

Rennie said despite the loss there was growth from the first Test.

"We were a lot better in a lot of areas," he said.

"There was probably only two stats we lost - breakdown penalties and kicking battle.

"But we put ourselves under pressure at times and maybe overplayed at our end."

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