'Ruining the game': Rugby world outraged by 'embarrassing' farce

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Pictured here, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper debates Marika Koroibete's high shot against France.
Marika Koroibete was given his marching orders after the controversial fifth minute incident. Pic: Getty/Ch9

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has accused France of play-acting after a controversial red card for Aussie winger Marika Koroibete that has left the rugby world seething.

The 14-man Wallabies defied the fifth minute send-off to clinch a remarkable 33-30 against Les Bleus and claim their Test rugby series 2-1.

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The French raced to an early 10-0 advantage but the Wallabies were stoic, fighting back to lead, before Noah Lolesio kicked the hosts clear with 90 seconds to play.

The 34,164-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd were livid when in-form winger Koroibete was red-carded in the fifth minute for a tackle on French captain Anthony Jelonch in Brisbane.

Referee Ben O'Keeffe and his assistants deliberated for minutes before determining Koroibete had raced in from a distance and contacted him high without any mitigating factors.

Replays showed Jelonch lowered the position of his head before contact and he clearly made the most of it as he theatrically clutched at his head for several moments, before playing on when it appeared the incident had gone unchecked.

The decision to finally send Koroibete off - in an incident that threatened to ruin the contest - left viewers outraged on social media.

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French coach Fabien Galthie twice refused to answer when asked his opinion on the red card, instead leaving it for his captain Jelonch, who insisted a red card was the "logical" decision.

Wallabies coach Rennie was having none of it though, praising has side's "massive, gutsy" win and taking aim at the visitor's sportsmanship.

"It was terribly milked wasn't it," he asked rhetorically.

"He obviously feels he's got some head contact then he's grabbed his face, which is nowhere near the point of impact and it's delayed by five seconds."

Rennie confirmed they would fight Koroibete's charge and said both Tate McDermott and Hunter Paisami could have stayed down after being hit high in what he thought were similar "red card scenarios".

Pictured here, Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete is shown a red card for a high tackle.
The Wallabies were forced to play out the final 75 minutes with a man down after the contentious red card. Pic: AAP

"But he doesn't lie on the ground and milk it," the coach said.

"Every time there is anything like a head shot these guys had been shot by a sniper.

"The issue for us is do we get to the stage we're telling our players to lie on the ground like the French did every time they're any head contact.

"I don't think it's in the spirit of the game."

Australia had already lost their other winger, Filipo Daugunu, who injured his arm in a tackle inside the first 90 seconds of his Test return.

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French halfback Baptiste Couilloud then ran over his opposite number Tate McDermott for the game's first try, more cries coming from the crowd when replays showed he led with a high arm to push over.

McDermott had the immediate reply though, racing to link up with captain Michael Hooper after Noah Lolesio had put the captain through a hole.

A Lolesio intercept try put the Wallabies ahead before a string of unforced errors allowed Cameron Woki to peg one back as the sides went to the break locked up at 20-20.

Pierre-Louis Barassi finished a 90-metre play for a terrific French try but prop Taniela Tupou's arrival after 46 minutes paid off when he barged over.

They traded penalties after that, both teams missing one each as well, before Lolesio nailed the match-winner.

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France had one last crack with a penalty on halfway, but Darcy Swain forced the turn-over after the visitors opted to kick for touch and go for the try.

The win was Australia's ninth-straight at the stadium dating back to 2016 and capped a tight series that had featured two-point wins to both sides in a three-match contest squeezed inside 11 days.

The Wallabies' next Test is scheduled for Eden Park against New Zealand on August 7.

"Amazing character; we're incredibly proud of the boys and it'll be huge for this group," Rennie said.

"Tonight was just gutsy, kicked a lot better, defending pretty well

"We've been improving, but we've got plenty more in us.

with AAP

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