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Red cards for French and Tongan foes after rugby brawl

France got revenge for their World Cup defeat but a fractious tie ended as a 14-a-side.

FRANCE AVENGED A 2011 World Cup defeat to Tonga at the weekend as Morgan Parra kicked 16 points in a 38-18 win.

The French were fired up for the match and got off to a superb start, going 14-0 up after 28 minutes. Tonga knocked over two penalties before Damien Chouly put France well clear at the break.

The second-half was less than 60 seconds old when Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo and French lock Yoann Maestri took time out from playing rugby to ring some bells.

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Referee Glen Jackson had a word with his officials, one of whom was Wayne Barnes, before sending both players off. Two more French tries followed before former Connacht winger Fetu’u Vainikolo dotted down for a late consolation.

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