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Sunday 26 Oct 2008 20:24
by Ben Pollack (Press Release)

It was a happy homecoming for French Captain Jerome Guisset, as he scored two tries in his sides 36-18 victory over Scotland in the World Cup match at Canberra Stadium this afternoon.

Guisset led by example for the French as he produced a powerhouse display to give his side victory, and was well backed up by his front row of Adel Fellous and Olivier Elima.

After the game an exhausted Guisset said he was just happy to score some points in the World Cup, and credited the win to the platform laid by his fellow forwards in the back end of the first half.

"I don't get to score too many tries so to get two is a bit of a shock really but I'll take it," Guisset said. "The team went forward well all day and I think we can improve even more as we head into next week."

Guisset said the team was impressed by the facilities and ground at Canberra Stadium, and said many of the players were also excited about the enthusiasm of the 9, 287 who turned up to the game.

"Canberra Stadium is a world class venue and it was a great way for us to start our campaign with a good win," he said. "I think the crowd support here today was excellent and a big boost for the World Cup as a competition."

Man of the match James Wynne said it was great to be back in Australia playing on his home turf, and was excited about the prospects of the team for the rest of the tournament.

"We started slowly today but once we got into some rhythm we managed to go on with the job and get a good win," Wynne said. "A win like that sets up the rest of the World Cup for us, and we have a chance now to take on Fiji for that qualifying spot."

France will head to Wollongong tomorrow to prepare for their second pool match against the Pacific island nation of Fiji, with the carrot of a semi-final still dangling above their noses.

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