Rugby | France record bonus-point win over USA

France have beaten the USA 33-9 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The Europeans scored five tries and secured a bonus point to claim their second successive win in Pool C, though it was largely a laborious performance from Les Bleus.

Yoann Huget recorded the first try of the game after just five minutes at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.

Huget got in behind the USA defence after a clever chipped pass from France fly-half Camille Lopez. Thomas Ramos converted to make it 7-0.

AJ MacGinty registered the USA’s first points with an 18th-minute penalty.

Alivereti Raka scored France’s second try five minutes later, with Lopez once again finding his teammate with a lofted kick to the corner for Raka to finish.

Another McGinty penalty on the half hour mark kept the USA very much in the match, with France leading 12-6 at half time.

France threatened without scoring early in the second half, but McGinty’s third penalty in the 64th minute reduced the deficit to three points.

However, Gael Fickou crossed the whitewash just two minutes later to swing the momentum back in France’s favour.

Lopez converted, and Les Bleus plundered their fourth try two minutes after that.

Raka set up scrum-half Baptiste Serin to score, with Lopez adding another conversion.

Jefferson Poirot powered over the line from a driving maul in the 78th minute to ensure Jacques Brunel’s men finished with a flourish.

Lopez split the posts with his third conversion of the game to seal a 33-9 win for France.

Les Bleus are on nine points after two games, one place and one point behind Pool C leaders England, while the USA are languishing at the bottom of the group.