USAP full-back Melvyn Jaminet scored 15 points but couldn’t stop France from succumbing to a 33-30 loss to Australia in Brisbane, which handed all three Test Series matches to the Wallabies .
France took advantage of a powerful maul to score their first try of the game three minutes later, as Lyon scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud – another player set to take part in the Challenge Cup next season – pointed.
Jaminet added the extras to give France a 10-point lead, but Australia rallied and Tate McDermott passed 11 minutes, with the conversion of Noah Lolesio.
Jaminet scored his second penalty in the 14th minute to keep the hosts at bay, but Lolesio – who contributed 23 of Australia’s points – intercepted to score his side’s second try of the game.
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Lolesio’s conversion put Australia ahead and he was again available to land a penalty in the 26th minute to increase their advantage.
However, France regained the lead four minutes before halftime, when Union Bordeaux-Bègles full-back Cameron Woki scored for a try which Jaminet converted again.
Another penalty from Lolesio equalized the scores at 20-20 before the break, before Lyon center Pierre-Louis Barassi completed a smooth French move seven minutes into the second half.
Jaminet was on target again from the start to give France a seven-point lead, but their lead lasted just four minutes as Taniela Tupou’s try and Lolesio’s conversion tied Australia.
Lolesio scored his third penalty of the game seven minutes to go, but Jaminet appeared to have saved a draw by responding with three points two minutes later.
However, it was Lolesio who had the last laugh, with his last penalty in the 79th minute, sealing a relentless victory and a 2-1 series win for the Wallabies.