Five things we learned from France v Wallabies | Latest rugby news

The Wallabies failed to secure the type of victory that can kick off a World Cup campaign, losing 30-29 to France in heartbreaking scenes in the City of Love.

Make no mistake, they have shown when they are on their game that they can match it with the best in the world.

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But again a lack of execution late in both halves came back to haunt them as France struck, leaving fans wondering what could have been.

So what did we learn from the game?

1. What could have been

The Wallabies will be frustrated that they couldn’t close this game, missing the perfect opportunity to produce the win that was so needed.

It’s just another case of a close game against the visitors, unable to pull together as Damian Penaud exposed a weak defense on the short side to dispatch the Paris crowd quickly.

There was a lot to like about the performance as they played skillfully and produced excellent defense against the maul to stop the French field.

They also remained calm and did not appear outmatched when France produced an air assault.

But it’s those clutch moments that continue to haunt the team as they once again fail to produce back-to-back wins.

2. Essay of the year

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better try than Lalakai Foketi’s in the 18th minute.

It was a perfect display of rugby running as Tom Wright showed his pace to get out of his man.

This, combined with the perfect placement of Jock Campbell and Foketi, left the host crowd stunned as the Wallabies reversed their momentum to put themselves on the front foot.

It’s the type of rugby that will delight any fan, providing plenty of confidence for the rest of the tour and beyond.

3. No joke

Jock Campbell has proven he can compete with the best at international level.

He was reliable in attack, showing the understated pace to pass outside Romain Ntameck to put the Wallabies in front late in the game.

Not only that, he was calm under the high ball and made small mistakes, a point difference after the Wallabies’ early struggles in 2022.

He was kicking himself after missing the tackle on Penaud, but that didn’t take away from a brilliant starting start.

4. Shoot yourself in the foot

The Wallabies sometimes remain their worst enemy, especially before and after half-time.

It was a common theme for Dave Rennie’s men and it once again hurt them after a strong first half. Instead of keeping the ball within reach and playing for the mermaid, Bernard Foley’s pass found no one and gave France one last chance to attack.

There’s a reason the Blues are considered the best team in the world by several pundits, including Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, striking to turn the tide and take a 19-13 lead into the break.

It’s the second week in a row that loose passes have offered easy points for the opposition after grubber and Kinghorn’s try, finally proving the difference.

5. Instant impact

Will Skelton justified his selection from the bench, producing a much-needed impact when the Wallabies needed it

His first injection was to force an error from the French rolling maul as he raised his hand countless times for key shots.

It’s the type of form that made him a Top 14 superstar, realizing the potential he mentioned during the week.

He will have the chance to advance his case next week against Italy, scheduled to start in Florence

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