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France Dominates Namibia 96-0 in Marseille, but Antoine Dupont Suffers Injury; Scores 14 Tries


In a Rugby World Cup Pool A match, France secured a commanding 96-0 victory over Namibia, marking their largest-ever win and putting them in a strong position to advance to the quarter-finals.

The French team displayed an impressive performance, with Damian Penaud scoring a remarkable hat-trick, and Jonathan Danty, Charles Ollivon, and Louis Bielle-Biarry each contributing with two tries. Additionally, Antoine Dupont, Thibaud Flament, Baptiste Couilloud, and Melvyn Jaminet also managed to cross the try line. A penalty try rounded up their impressive tally to 14 tries in total.

However, the victory was not without its concerns for France as Antoine Dupont had to leave the field due to an injury sustained from a head-on-head tackle by Johan Deysel. Deysel received a yellow card that was later upgraded to a red card upon review.

The decision by France's head coach, Fabien Galthie, to keep Dupont on the field despite their substantial halftime lead of 54 points may be subject to scrutiny, especially if Dupont's injury sidelines him during the knockout stages.

France currently leads Pool A with three consecutive wins and will face Italy in their next match on October 6th in Lyon. Namibia, on the other hand, remains at the bottom of the table after suffering three heavy defeats and will face Uruguay in their final pool game on September 27th.

This dominant performance by France demonstrates their peak form at the right time in the tournament, making them one of the favorites to contend for the Webb Ellis Cup. While Namibia struggled against the French juggernaut, the victory serves as a strong statement of France's offensive prowess to the other teams in the competition.