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Rugby union: Australia rout poor France in first Test

Published on Jun 7, 2014 8:37 PM
Australian halfback Nic White (centre) is tackled by France's Damien Chouly (left) during the first rugby union test match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on June 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries in a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first Test of a three-game series in Brisbane on Saturday, though they may have lost captain Stephen Moore with a serious knee injury.

Australia put the game beyond doubt in the first half with tries by Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Michael Hooper and Matt Toomua to give them a 29-9 lead at the break before Nick Cummins, Kurtley Beale and Pat McCabe all crossed in the second.

Bernard Foley contributed 15 points from six conversions and a penalty for the hosts, who lost Moore to a knee injury inside the first 60 seconds.

"It's sore, but that's what happens and I'll go get a scan," Moore said in a televised interview. "Great start for us, unfortunately I wasn't out there for much of it but the boys did some great work and scored some great tries."

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