Fiji had lost all of their previous nine encounters against Les Bleus, their last matchup coming in 2014, but a sublime showing brought a stunned silence to the Stade de France.
Fiji took an early 7-0 lead with superstar centre Semi Radradra scored with an outstretched hand after a power handoff floored halfback Baptiste Serin. In a tit for tat exchange, France hit back through a driving maul through Guilhem Guirado before Toulon winger Josua Tuisova re-took the lead for Fiji.
Tuisova finished a well-worked scrum move, scoring in the corner on the end of the movement from Fiji’s star-studded backline. The sideline conversion was missed, however, leading to France taking the halftime lead 14-12 after Guirado went over for his second driving maul try.
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