New-look France trounce Canadians
TORONTO, Canada -- New-look France scored five tries as they beat Canada 47-13 in Toronto and achieved the second win of their north American tour.
It was a vastly-improved display by the French who only managed to squeeze past the United States 39-31 last weekend.
It was also a winning start for the team's three debutants - winger Philippe Bidabe, scrum-half Ludovic Loustau and flanker Bernard Goutta.
France ran in three tries in the first half and led 24-13 at the interval before taking a stranglehold after the break.
Fly-half Alexandre Peclier finished with 19 points in a match played in temperatures which soared to 28 degrees leading to the officials allowing two drinks breaks in each half.
Full-back Clement Poitrenaud opened the scoring after seven minutes with South-African center Brian Liebenberg adding a second in the 31st minute.
It was a satisfying score for Liebenberg who almost never made it to the match after he was prevented from flying to Canada from the United States because of a visa problem.
He then missed his flight from New York to Toronto and only joined his teammates on Thursday.
Goutta, who replaced the injured Patrick Tabacco, marked his first cap at the age of 31 with the third try of the first half three minutes from the interval.
Canada's only try of the match came when winger Stirling Richmond finished off a mazy counter-attack after a French attack broke down just before the interval.
The French then cruised to victory with tries from Aurelien Rougerie, in the 55th minute, and Thomas Lievremont, in the 67th.
France's next international engagement will be far tougher as they take on Australia at the Stade de France in Paris on November 13, before playing Argentina in Marseille on November 20.
Then comes a November 27 meeting against the All Blacks back in Paris.