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Michalak rescues France against Samoa

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FRANCE 22 SAMOA 14

Frederic Michalak scored a try and kicked four penalty goals plus a conversion.

Frederic Michalak scored a try and kicked four penalty goals plus a conversion. Photo: AP

PARIS: Rejuvenated fly-half Frederic Michalak scored 19 points as France twice came from behind to defeat Samoa 22-14 in their one-off Test at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The win gave France a sweep of their autumn series matches after beating Australia 33-6 and Argentina 39-22.

France's flanker Yannick Nyanga. Click for more photos

Samoa give France a fright

Samoa led after 60 minutes but veteran Frederic Michalak guided France home. Photo: AFP

But they did it the hard way before securing their first November treble in seven years.

"There were a few nerves in the early part of the match," admitted Michalak, after guiding France to a third win in three meetings with Samoa.

"We thought we could make the difference late in the game, we saw them moving a lot less. But it was hard, they were dominating us.

"Our goal was to win three matches. In the first two, I think we surprised a lot of people in the way we dominated our opponents. But this game today showed that we still have work to do."

Samoa, buoyed by their shock 26-19 win over Six Nations champions Wales last weekend, had stunned a half-full stadium by taking a 7-0 lead on the 15-minute mark.

Prop Census Johnston, who plays his club rugby with French Top 14 side Toulouse, broke the French line with a chip through a gaping hole with supporting full-back Robert Lilomaiava just keeping the ball in play.

He shrugged off Brice Dulin's tackle to feed skipper and winger David Lemi to score beneath the posts with fly-half Tusi Pisi kicking the conversion.

But France were level just three minutes later thanks to a fine individual try from Michalak.

The fly-half, enjoying a renaissance in his international career, charged down an attempted clearance by Pisi and ran 30 metres to score before adding the conversion for 7-7.

Five minutes from the interval, Johnston was penalised for an infringement at the ruck and scrum-half Morgan Parra succeeded with a penalty from 45 metres out to make the score 10-7 with Pisi squandering a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Samoa stunned France again after just two minutes of the second half when lock Joe Tekori barrelled over, making the line for a score which went to the video referee. Pisi converted for a 14-10 lead.

But errors and indiscipline slowly crept into the Samoans' game and that was the cue for Michalak to complete his evening's master-class.

He kicked four penalties from four attempts -- the last of which in the 78th minute went in off the post -- as France celebrated a not entirely convincing win.

FRANCE 22 (Frederic Michalak try, con, 4 pens, Morgan Parra pen) bt SAMOA 14 (David Lemi, Joe Tekori tries; Tusi Pisi 2 con).

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