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Australia hammer France in Brisbane

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Australia got their three Test series against France off to a rousing start with a crushing 50-23 victory at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Australia dominated the French in all aspects and in a superb exhibition of running rugby the hosts crossed the whitewash on seven occasions, going into the half with the Test already sealed at 29-9.

Stand-in skipper Stephen Moore lasted barely three minutes after having to leave the field with medial ligament damage, an injury that has ruled out the 92 cap veteran for the remainder of the season.

This didn't phase the Wallaby attack as the impressive Israel Folau touched down first to register his eleventh try in just sixteen starts for his country.

Bernard Foley slotted the conversion and after the restart the Waratahs flyhalf provided a deft kick through for Pat Cummins to gather which led to Adam Ashley-Cooper finding some space against a stretched French defence to score in the corner.

Tevita Kuridrani then showed quick hands to send Michael Hooper over in the 32nd minute, then just before the half, Matt Toomua capitalised on a French handling error on their own try line to score Australia's fourth.

Nick Cummins scored Australia’s fifth try after a flowing move involving decoy runners, a superb inside pass by Foley and slick hands by Toomua to send Cummins over for the best score of the night.

Substitutes Kurtley Beale and Pat McCabe completed the rout for the Wallabies while Morgan Parra scored a consolation for the French late in the second half.

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