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France book quarter-finals berth
France's 64-7 win over Georgia sends them through to the knock-out stage.
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2007 15:16 GMT

France's Christophe Dominici scored a double in his side's 64-7 win over Georgia [GALLO/GETTY]

France, Rugby World Cup host nation, booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 64-7 win over Georgia in Marseille.
 
The hosts must now wait for the result of the final Pool D match between surprise packets Argentina and under-fire Ireland to see which team will top the group and avoid a quarter-final meeting with Cup favourites New Zealand.
If Argentina win or secure a bonus point, they will top the pool on head-to-head record and will play Scotland in the last eight, but if Ireland win and secure a bonus point, and prevent Argentina from getting a bonus point, France would top the group and Ireland would face the All Blacks.
Lionel Beauxis, France's third-choice No 10, scored a try and kicked a further 19 points in an impressive display that saw him convert three penalties and five conversions in blustery conditions at the Stade Velodrome.
 
France, who lost their opening pool game against Argentina (17-12), scored eight more tries through Clement Poitrenaud, Yannick Nyanga, Christophe Dominici (2), Sebastien Bruno, Lionel Nallet, Remy Martin and Julien Bonnaire.
 
For Georgia, Zviad Maisuradze scored a late consolation try which was converted by Malkhaz Urjukashvili.
 
"It's the first time we have played with the sun shining on our backs and we really wanted to please the fans," Dominici said.

"We went out to play an open game and put the Georgians on the back foot.
 
"We went out looking for tries and to enjoy ourselves and now we can't wait to see who we will get in the quarter-finals."
 

"We went out looking for tries and to enjoy ourselves and now we can't wait to see who we will get in the quarter-finals."

Christophe Dominici, France winger

Beauxis kicked the first of his three penalties in the fourth minute before Yannick Jauzion set up the first French try two minutes later, with a clever dummy allowing him to slice through the bamboozled Georgian defence before passing to full-back Poitrenaud who scored unopposed.
 
The French fly-half kept his side's score ticking over with two more penalties, while opposite number Merab Kvirikashvili missed an easy attempt for Georgia, who kept themselves in the game early through their tough pack of forwards, many of whom have spent years playing in the tough French professional leagues.
 
France march on
 
Georgian loose-head prop Mamuka Magrakvelidze was yellow-carded for a cynical trip on Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, with France taking full advantage when Nyanga peeled off a maul to cross down the blind side unmarked.
 
An excellent offload in the tackle from recalled winger Dominici then saw Nyanga link with Poitrenaud before he sent Beauxis across the line with a delicate drop-off from the full-back.
 
It was again Beauxis who kick started the French in the second-half, delivering an inch-perfect cross-field kick for Dominici, who stepped inside Otar Barkalaia with ease for a try.
 
Bruno, making his first appearance in France's World Cup campaign, then took advantage of some poor blindside defence to score in the corner, before Dominici claimed his double when Elissalde put in another cross-field kick with the Georgian defence tiring.
 
The French pack, untroubled by the Georgian tight five, showed their power for their seventh try with Nallet claiming it after an impressive pushover.
 
Martin and outstanding Number 8 Bonnaire were both beneficiaries of some good linking work for their tries, split by Maisuradze's consolation score for a well-beaten Georgian side.
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