France stun Australia, Springboks edge it against Irish

Updated: November 11, 2012

The correct France turned up against Australia, as Fredrick Michalak led the rout with an impressive win. Argentina continued their good for with a win at the Millennium stadium over Wales, England got their campaign off to a winning start against a very poor Fiji, while the Springboks put in a powerful second half performance wrestling the initiative from Ireland, during the first weekend of Autumn International action.

Frederic Michalak triumphed on his home return as he inspired Les Bleus to a 33-6 demolition of Australia to end a five-match losing streak against the Wallabies.

Michalak, who had not played on home soil in the French shirt since a Six Nations game against Ireland in 2010, was replaced in the closing stages to a standing ovation after kicking 15 points and brilliantly setting up Wesley Fofana for France’s second of three tries.

Argentina became the first team to beat Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales at home this year as they recorded a come from behind 26-12 win over the Welsh here on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium.

Second-half tries by Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo Camacho proved the difference as the Pumas’ recorded only their second win in Wales,  their previous being 11 years to the day of their latest exploit. It was a real statement by the Argentinians, they have improved dramatically, and certainly served notice that they are no pushover and will be a threat to all the home nations.

England launched their European autumn series with a commanding 54-12 win over Fiji at Twickenham. Stuart Lancaster’s men outscored Fiji seven tries to two and the match was all but over as a contest at halftime with England 25-0 up.

Italy warmed up for the visit of two rugby heavyweights in the coming weeks with an unconvincing 28-23 win over a feisty Tonga side in Brescia.

At the Aviva Stadium, South Africa had to come from behind against Ireland getting their campaign off to a winning start with a 16-12 win. Bok coach must have said a few things at half time with his team down 12-3, as it was a much improved second half performance as their pack slowly ground down the Irish.

The All Blacks were at their very best led by Dan Carter in a 55-22 trashing of Scotland at Murrayfield. Carter was in top form for the well oiled world champions, contributing 21 points with the boot, however his all round play with the ball in hand was what would have left rugby the connoisseur drooling. Scotland did get on the score sheet early with the first try of the game, however New Zealand soon settled into their stride responding with 6 of their own. On this form another clean sweep in Europe seems likely for the All Blacks during the series.