Improved selections and strategy had Wallabies on a winner against France | Bret Harris

Whether Australia are good enough to upset the All Blacks remains to be seen, but they will not lack heart

That was the win the Wallabies had to have. It was not convincing in terms of the margin, but Saturday night’s series-deciding 33-30 result against France was full of character. It was what the French would call “courage sous le feu”, or courage under fire.

More than 34,000 fans walked away from Suncorp Stadium proud of their national team. Sure, Australia played a second-string French side, but that does not mean Les Bleus were not good. To prevail with only 14 men for 75 and a half minutes was a monumental achievement. In fact, the red-carding of Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete for a dangerous tackle on French captain and No 8 Anthony Jelonch seemed to be galvanising factor.

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