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Rugby Union: We were awful, admits Jones; France 14 Australia 13.

Byline: JOHN SHAW

AUSTRALIA coach Eddie Jones admits his men have some soul-searching to do before they take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium next Sunday.

Jones made no excuses after the world champions' defeat by France on Saturday -their second loss to northern hemisphere opponents in eight days.

The scoreline was close, but the match was not, with the Wallabies well beaten when substitute Ben Tune scored a consolation try six minutes into injury-time and Elton Flatley converted.

"It's a great disappointment, our performance was even more disappointing than last week's," Jones said. "There was nothing positive, not even the late try. If you look at the video of the match, you will see that we faltered in all fundamental aspects of the game."

The Wallabies, beaten 21-15 by England, had not lost two games in a row since the 1997 Tri-Nations and had not suffered two straight defeats in Europe since 1981.

Jones added: "The French were more passionate but we too wanted to win this game and I think the more important thing is they won the physical contest.

"We turned the ball over in the tackle and when we started to put pressure on France we let them of the hook by failing to do our fundamental work."

Scorer: France - Tries: Marsh. Pens: Michalak, Traille 2. Australia - Tries: Tune. Cons: Flatley. Pens: Burke 2.

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Date:Nov 19, 2001
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