October 2, 2019 / 9:42 AM / 22 days ago

Rugby-France finish strongly for bonus-point win over United States

    FUKUOKA, Japan, Oct 2 (Reuters) - France make heavy work of
it at times but finished strongly to secure their second win of
the Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point 33-9 victory over the
United States on Wednesday.  
     Tries from wingers Yoann Huget and Alivereti Raka in the
first 24 minutes looked like setting the three-times World Cup
finalists on their way to a handsome Pool C victory at Fukuoka
Hakatanomori Stadium. 
     The Americans were much better than in their 45-7 opening
loss to England, however, and three AJ MacGinty penalties had
them within three points at 12-9 after 64 minutes as the French
succumbed to errors and ill-discipline. 
     France, much changed from the side that beat Argentina in
their first match, finally got their third try through centre
Gael Fickou 13 minutes from time and replacements Baptiste Serin
and Jefferson Poirot added two more in the last 10 minutes.  

 (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo, editing by Tony Lawrence)
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