10 Sep '11, 9am

France beats Japan 47-21 at Rugby World Cup

France beats Japan 47-21 at Rugby World Cup

France piled on 22 points in the last 10 minutes to beat Japan 47-21 after a stuttering start to their World Cup campaign. -- PHOTO: AP AUCKLAND (AP) - France piled on 22 points in the last 10 minutes to beat Japan 47-21 after a stuttering start to their World Cup campaign. Two-time finalist France, bidding to win the tournament for the first time, ran in first-half tries from lock Julien Pierre, flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc and winger Vincent Clerc to take a seemingly comfortable 25-11 lead at the break. But Japan, roared on by some fantastic support at North Harbour Stadium, chalked up 10 unanswered points to move within four points of the French. Scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili's penalty gave Marc Lievremont's team some breathing space before lock Lionel Nallet and Pascal Pape soothed frayed French nerves with late tries.

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