Australia's Rugby-league "thirteen" was beaten by France 17-15 at Bradford on Sunday (1st November), in the last of the preliminary matches in the World Cup series.
Australia's Rugby-league "thirteen" was beaten by France 17-15 at Bradford on Sunday (1st November), in the last of the preliminary matches in the World Cup series. Australia has still managed to qualify for the final, against Great Britain, because of a better scoring average than France.
Fulton gave the Australian "Kangaroos" the lead just 30 seconds after France had kicked off. It was a brilliant move which set the tone of the match, considered by officials to be the best of the preliminary rounds.
Frenchman Capdouze reduced the margin with a penalty goal. After Australian scrum-half Billy Smith had thrown out a wild pass to his backline, Serge Marsalon was quickly on hand to pick up the ball and score for France. The score was then 5-all.
In the second half the Australians mounted some determined attacks but some bids for the line failed through lack of proper backing- up.
The "Kangaroo's" play slowed noticeable after two of their forwards suffered knee injuries, but although they managed to draw level with the Frenchman after several more scoring movements, the Frenchmen finally won 17-15.