Damian Penaud scored a hat-trick of tries as France thrashed Namibia 96-0 in a World Cup Pool A match in Marseille on Thursday, but star scrum-half Antoine Dupont went off injured after a high tackle.
Dupont, who had scored a try and produced two decisive cross-kicks, left the pitch in the 46th minute nursing his right cheekbone after Johan Deysel got his contact completely off-kilter in a nasty head-on-head clash and was sent off.
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After the host nation had seen off New Zealand 27-13 in the tournament’s opening match, a second-string side had struggled to a 27-12 victory over Uruguay. Neither win preferred up a bonus point.
Coach Fabien Galthie left no room for doubt for their third pool match in selecting a full-strength team that outclassed the Namibians in every facet of the game which…