15Thomas Ramos, FB
14Alivereti Raka, W
13Sofiane Guitoune, C
12Gael Fickou, C
11Yoann Huget, W
10Camille Lopez, FH
9Maxime Machenaud, SH
1Cyril Baille, P
2Camille Chat, H
3Emerick Setiano, P
4Bernard le Roux, L
5Paul Gabrillagues, L
6Arthur Iturria, FL
7Yacouba Camara, FL
8Louis Picamoles, N8
16Guilhem Guirado, R
17Jefferson Poirot, R
18Rabah Slimani, R
19Sebastien Vahaamahina, R
20Gregory Alldritt, R
21Baptiste Serin, R
22Romain Ntamack, R
23Maxime Medard, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Level5 Stadium
3:45 AM, October 2, 2019

Match Commentary

81'33-9 End of second half
81'33-9 Conversion - Camille Lopez , France
80'The French will be mightily relieved to see the back of that one, after the USA made them work really hard to get the win. Credit to the USA who just ran out of steam in the last 15 minutes. France move into second in pool C and face Tonga next on Sunday, with the USA taking on Argentina on Wednesday.
80'And there is the flourish! From the lineout the French form a rolling maul, and drive over the line to score. Jefferosn Poirot is the man who emerges with the ball. Lopez grabs another conversion with the last kick of the match.
79'31-9 Try - Jefferson Poirot , France
78'Penalty to France after a scrappy few minutes of play which saw possession change hands multiple times. Replacement Ntamack kicks for touch and the French will have the chance to finish with a flourish.
78'Player substituted - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
78'Substitute on - Will Magie , United States of America
76'Substitute on - Romain Ntamack , France
76'Player substituted - Sofiane Guitoune , France
73'Greg Peterson breaks through for the USA but in open field drops the ball, and the chance is gone. The French will have the scrum on their own 22.
72'Player substituted - Martin Iosefo , United States of America
72'Substitute on - Thretton Palamo , United States of America
71'And just like that the floodgates open! Try to France from another wonderul Lopez kick. Raka on the end of it, setting it up for the replacement Baptiste Serin who scampered over unchallenged. Lopez again with the extras. Thats the bonus point for France too!
71'26-9 Conversion - Camille Lopez , France
70'24-9 Try - Baptiste Serin , France
69'Player substituted - Eric Fry , United States of America
69'Substitute on - Olive Kilifi , United States of America
69'Substitute on - Greg Peterson , United States of America
69'Player substituted - Nate Brakeley , United States of America
68'TRY! Finally the breakthrough for France! Gael Fickou crashes over after the most convincing passage of play for the French all match. 15 phases of possession and pressure proved too much and the French breath a sigh of relief. Lopez makes the conversion and the gap is out to 10
68'19-9 Conversion - Camille Lopez , France
67'17-9 Try - Gael Fickou , France
65'Substitute on - Gregory Alldritt , France
65'Player substituted - Arthur Iturria , France
65'Player substituted - Joe Taufete'e , United States of America
65'Substitute on - Dylan Fawsitt , United States of America
65'Player substituted - Maxime Machenaud , France
65'Substitute on - Baptiste Serin , France
65'12-9 Penalty goal - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
64'Penalty to the USA. Maka was wide open but dropped a simple pass, MacGinty kicked through and the ensuing ruck saw the French concede another penalty. MacGinty kicks the penalty and the lead is down to 3 with 16 minutes remaining!
61'Really scrappy possession from France rescued by another terrific Lopez kick that leaves the US with a line out deep in their half.
58'Both teams ringing the changes with the physical nature of the game, and the conditions beginning to take thier toll. Just over 20 minutes left and this one is still in the balance.
58'Substitute on - Ben Pinkelman , United States of America
58'Player substituted - Cam Dolan , United States of America
57'Substitute on - Maxime Medard , France
57'Player substituted - Thomas Ramos , France
57'Player substituted - Paul Gabrillagues , France
57'Substitute on - Sebastien Vahaamahina , France
56'The USA have weathered the early storm in this second half, and have some good field position here. But they lose their line out throw and the French are on the attack again.
54'Substitute on - Paul Mullen , United States of America
54'Player substituted - Titi Lamositele , United States of America
54'Substitute on - Ruben de Haas , United States of America
54'Player substituted - Shaun Davies , United States of America
50'NO TRY! The French looked in after breaking through midfield through Guitoune, but the long pass out to Raka was forward and we come back for a US scrum.
46'The wind has really picked up in Fukuoka and is going to make kicking really difficult as it swirls around the stadium.
45'Strong defence again from the USA who twice repel the French close to their line, and they win the penalty and can clear their lines.
45'Substitute on - Rabah Slimani , France
45'Player substituted - Emerick Setiano , France
45'Substitute on - Jefferson Poirot , France
45'Player substituted - Cyril Baille , France
42'Controlled and disciplined start from the French, keeping it tight and driving through the forwards, and they win a penalty. They go for touch and will have a line up 5m out.
41'Substitute on - Guilhem Guirado , France
41'Player substituted - Camille Chat , France
41'12-6 End of first half
40'Players are back out and the French kick off the second half.
40'Meanwhile they are some, er, Twitter challenges for everyone at the moment!
40'Half time in Fukuoka and there are a few shakes of the head from the French as they leave the field. A couple of moments of brillance from Camille Lopez the difference, as the USA have performed admirably and are well in this game.
40'12-6 Start of second half
39'Another penalty against the French and the Eagles will have one last chance to attack on the stroke of half time.
35'5 minutes to half time. The French lead, but perhaps a little fortunte to still have 15 on the field. USA will be pleased if they get into half time with this scoreline.
31'Another final warning for the French forwards for persistent offside. 6-0 the penalty count against France. AJ MacGinty takes the easy three from in front and the gap is back to 6.
31'12-6 Penalty goal - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
30'Great response from the US again. Piling the pressure on from the restart and using their physical advantage a few metres out. And they win a deserved penalty on the French line.
24'Magical try for France! Strong running from the French, and then another wonderful kick, this time into the corner from Camille Lopez, and Raka takes the catch and scores in the corner. Sublime kicking from Lopez. The French stretch their lead, but Ramos misses the sideline conversion.
24'12-3 Try - Alivereti Raka , France
22'USA have the upperhand in possession 58/42 and territory 60/40. They need to make it count on the scoreboard.
19'7-3 Penalty goal - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
18'Lovely run from Marcel Brache (USA) leads to another penalty for the USA right in front of the posts, and this time they'll take the kick. MacGinty slots it through and the USA reduce the advantage to 4 points.
17'Terrific work in the scrum by this huge American front row who win the penalty and clear their lines. Good contest so far.
14'The teams trade possession before a knock on from Eagles winger Blaine Scully gives the French the scrum 30m from the US line. Dangerous position.
11'A 3rd penalty in short succession sees referee Ben O'Keefe say to the French "next one and it's in the bin". USA with the line out 5m out, but the resulting maul is bundled in to touch, and the pressur eon the French line is relieved.
10'Half break for US winger Martin Iosefo and the Frenchj concede another penalty. Good spell here.
9'USA under pressure straight from the restart but win a penalty, and kick for touch inside French territory.
8'7-0 Conversion - Thomas Ramos , France
6'Marauding attack from the French results in Yoann Huget going in under the posts. Wonderful French move topped off by a Camille Lopez chip kick gathered by Huget. Great start for the French as Ramos makes the conversion.
6'5-0 Try - Yoann Huget , France
4'Raka now spills the ball for France. Conditions tricky for ball in hand and the US will have the scrum feed
3'MacGinty clears the lines and the French will have a line out on halfway
2'Shaun Davis (USA) spills a high ball and France are on the attack 5m out from the US line
1'USA Kick off
1'The rain begins to fall, and we are ready to go. France out to move into second spot in the pool, and the US ready to shock the World Cup.
1'But first a moments silence for former French president Jacques Chirac.
1'The teams are on their way out in Fukuoka to a raucous reception, and we're ready for the national anthems.
1'It is cloudy, hot and humid at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, as we approach kick off. But it's not put off this famous fan.
1'Team news sees France make wholesale changes with 12 new faces with all eyes on former Fijian flyer Alivereti Raka. For the USA, 8 changes from that defeat by England, with the experience Eric Fry one of the new men in the line-up. This is Fry?s 3rd World Cup campaign.
1'Welcome to Fukuoka in the south west tip of Japan for this Pool C match between France and the USA. Fortunately we aren?t affected by Typhoon activity in the region, and we will have a game today. The French squeezed past Argentina in their first match, whilst the USA were put to the sword by England. The French lead the head to head 6-1 against the US Eagles, but be warned, their last meeting in 2004 saw France trail at half time, before posting a narrow 39-31 win, and they can?t afford a slip up today.
1'0-0 Start of first half

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