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It took the form of a disaster, but could be the cause of Dave Rennie’s Wallabies as they celebrate a series win over France and now watch the All Blacks in New Zealand next month. A controversial red card to winger Marika Koroibete – Australia’s best player in the deadlocked opening two of the series – threatened to spoil the competition just five minutes after the decision began on Saturday night. Instead, Australia rallied, 21-year-old Noah Lolesio scoring a try and scoring the winning penalty as he amassed his side’s 23 points in a 33-30 win for one. ninth consecutive victory at Suncorp Stadium. Shooting down a man for 75 minutes, they defended fiercely, took advantage of their offensive opportunities and showed progress as their forward pack dominated the French, who produced their own sublime rugby. Half-back Tate McDermott also scored and was effective on his first start while lockout Darcy Swain (24) and outside center Len Ikitau (22) were determined in their first starts for the Wallabies. Rennie was scathing at what he described as France’s “slave trade” of any high contact, wondering if that was in the spirit of the game as he signaled his intention to challenge Koroibete’s charge. But he was just as excited about his men, who he said gave him a lot more to think about ahead of their next test against the All Blacks on August 7 at Eden Park. “Oh my God, I don’t know about that, but I appreciate it,” he said when asked if winning with 14 men would be generation defining. “It was definitely huge for us. ” We built ; we were first (in a two point win), better in Melbourne (in a two point loss) but we gave too many pills, and then tonight it was just brave. “We put a lot of young men in the park tonight and they paid us back in spades.” We create good depth and competition for the spaces and that’s huge for us because it gives you confidence and shows how tight they are as a group “Lolesio showed balance to place the winner of the match – after committing a mistake with his previous kick in what was his only miss of the series – with 90 seconds left as Swain won a penalty to seal the fight on the buzzer. Ikitau formed a new one. Center combination with Hunter Paisami, 23, with Rennie making the bold decision to leave experienced No.12 Matt Toomua on the bench until the last moments. The Wallabies’ performance also resonated with the public, the audience of TV on Nine peaking at 952,000 and averaging 691,000 – the most watched outside of the news Saturday night – not including numbers from Stan Sport or the streaming service 9Now. Captain Michael Hoope r, playing in his 55th test as a captain, ranked it among his favorite wins. ial specification; you see our guys react when they’re in the locker room, it’s just a huge reward to see smiles on their faces, ”he said. we walk around the stadium … seeing real happy faces and we can provide that to a crowd. “It’s pretty special, something that will stay with us for a long time.” Associated Australian Press


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