France got distant to a rocketing commencement against Australia but were perchance aided by a guardant walk being overlooked.
Already starring the Wallabies 8-0, the French piled much unit connected the hosts successful the Suncorp Stadium clash erstwhile winger Gabin Villiere divided done from 35 metres retired successful the 22nd infinitesimal to snare his 2nd try.
The French flyer burst onto a abbreviated shot from wrong centre Jonathan Danty and tore distant to people nether the posts, Australia helpless to hunt him down.
But Wallabies large Andrew Mehrtens questioned Danty's walk connected Nine's sum of the archetypal Test.
"I thought that walk to Gabin Villiere was guardant and it astir looked helium had over-run it, which is wherefore I deliberation the Australian defence near him unsocial arsenic helium scored his 2nd try," Mehrtens said.
"Anyway, the effort stands and it's 15-0 France retired of nowhere!"
Former Wallaby Morgan Turinui added: "Looked a small spot guardant to possibly my biased eyes."
However, Wallabies fable Tim Horan didn't spot immoderate contented with the pass.
"I thought that walk was each close and it stands, too," Horan said.
"Great small in-ball, that's fine."
France took a 15-7 buffer into the half-time interruption - but Australia rallied to bargain an improbable 23-21 triumph astatine the death.