Autumn Internationals: France beat Tonga as two men see red
Last Updated: 16/11/13 8:08pm
Frances flanker Bernard Leroux runs with the ball
France battled their way to a 38-18 victory over Tonga on Saturday in an ill-tempered match that saw two red cards for fighting.
Morgan Parra kicked 16 points for the hosts and Sofiane Guitoune, Damien Chouly, Brice Dulin and Benjamin Kayser crossed for tries.
Tonga registered with a brace of tries for Fetu'u Vainikolo, with Fangatapu Apikotoa landing two penalties and Latiume Fosita kicking a late conversion.
The victory over the South Sea Islanders was Les Bleus' first since March - when they beat Scotland in the final game of this year's RBS 6 Nations - and came as they bounced back following four straight defeats to the All Blacks.
Les Bleus debutant Sofiane Guitoune took just five minutes to register his first try for his country as he benefited from starting number 10 Remi Tales' clever crossfield chip.
But the Tongans were hardly helped in their cause when they lost scrum-half Taniela Moa to the sin bin after he elbowed French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski in the face during a scuffle in first-half stoppage time.
Within seconds France had made the extra man count as number eight Damien Chouly dived over in the corner for their second touchdown.
And there was a further flashpoint just two minutes into the second period as Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo and Les Blues lock Yoann Maestri exchanged fierce punches before both were dismissed by Kiwi referee Glen Jackson.
A third try arrived on 50 minutes as full-back Brice Dulin finished off a fine passing move in the corner for France.
However, wing Fetu'u Vainikolo did tap down for two late tries for the visitors - adding to the eight points contributed by the boots of Fangatapu 'Apikotoa and Latiume Fosita - but the hosts got a fourth score in between when substitute hooker Benjamin Kayser was heaved over by his team-mates.