Wallaby XV fall to French Barbarians
The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.
In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team.
The match started well for the Wallaby XV with former Australian Captain, Ben Mowen leading by example to go over for a try in the corner as the French Barbarians were caught off guard by the pace of the game in the opening two minutes.
As both defences dug in, the match became a see-sawing battle for momentum throughout the first half with both sides trading penalties. The boot of Nick Frisby gave the Wallaby XV a narrow 8-3 lead at half time.
The second half saw the French Barbarians step up their intensity against the Wallaby XV and slowly claw back the lead. Two penalty goals from French back, Julien Dumora gave the French side the advantage in the 60th minute.
With the vocal home crowd cheering them on the French scored a try in the 77th minute through number eight Camille Gerondeau to ensure that the home side prevailed.
The Wallabies will play Ireland this weekend in Dublin as the Australian squad continues it’s quest for a Grand Slam of the Home Nations.
French Barbarians 19 (Camille Gerondeau try; Julien Dumora con; Romain Lonca, Julien Diamora 3 pens) defeated the Wallaby XV 11 (Ben Mowen try; Nick Frisby, Kyle Godwin pens)
News Source: ARU Media