Updated: Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Wallabies edge out France 6-0 to take series

Two penalties secured the Wallabies a dour 6-0 win over France to claim their three-Test series in Melbourne on Saturday.


Wallabies edge out France 6-0 to take series

Australia's outside flanker Michael Hooper is tackled by France's Mathieu Bastareaud (top) and Wesley Fofana during the second test match in Melbourne on June 14, 2014 - by Mal Fairclough

Bernard Foley and Nic White landed the points in a grimly-fought second half after it finished 0-0 at half-time.

The match reached no great heights as Australia played for field position with kicks in the second half to capitalise on French ill-discipline to claim victory.

But it was a much more committed effort from France, who made 10 changes after losing the opening Test 50-23 in Brisbane last weekend.

Dreadful handling cost Les Bleus their chance of winning their first match in Australia in 24 years as they frittered away the limited possession they had in an ugly second half.

The French had never failedse to score against Australia in a Test.

France had the better chances in a scoreless opening 40 minutes and Wallabies' fly-half Foley beat full back Brice Dulin to ground the ball in a chase after a kick in the opening minutes as the French went on the offensive from the kick-off.

Dulin missed a penalty attempt from halfway after James Horwill was penalised in a ruck.

No.8 Ben McCalman had a try disallowed for the Wallabies midway through the way when Matt Toomua was judged to have made contact with Dulin in chasing his kick over the French try-line.

Scrum-half Morgan Parra missed France's second penalty attempt before flanker Yannick Nyanga charged down Toomua's clearing kick only to go  into touch inside the Wallabies' quarter.

Coach Ewen McKenzie kept the Wallabies out on the pitch for his halftime team talk, while the French went into the dressing room to hear from coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Scrum-half White missed Australia's first shot at goal minutes after half-time and he had another penalty attempt minutes later which hit an upright and into into Sekope Kepu's hands but the French defence held firm.

Foley finally broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 53rd minute after No.8 Damien Chouly was ruled offside as Australia attacked inside France's quarter.

White kicked the Wallabies six points clear with 15 minutes left after Antonie Burban was penalised as McKenzie brought on Kurtley Beale and Pat McCabe to liven up the attack.

English referee Wayne Barnes lost patience with the French consistently conceding penalties and yellow-carded replacement forward Bernard Le Roux, leaving France a man down for much of the final 10 minutes.

But the Wallabies failed to finish off the French with the killer try despite their dominant possession and playing field position with kicks in the second half.

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