Australia coach Robbie Deans admitted that his side were second best in their heavy defeat against France in Paris.
The Wallabies conceded three tries, including a penalty try after their problems at the scrum continued.
"It was a very complete performance from the French. They were too good for us," said Deans.
"They grew in confidence. It was an arm wrestle for a bit, but they deserved their victory.
"Our set piece was part of the challenge and the effectiveness of the French around the contact meant we had no momentum, so when we tried to play to width in the second half, it was ineffective.
"In terms of the scrum, the French grew in confidence, just like their game. They started to play with a lot more exuberance and got in behind us."
France were particularly effective at the breakdown, forcing Australia into a number of costly errors when they were on the attack, a factor that limited the Wallabies to only six points.
"They stymied our momentum, we were unable to create any effective recycling of the ball and we turned over a lot of ball in the contact area," added Deans.
Fly-half Kurtley Beale admitted that Australia were perhaps too ambitious in their game plan, with Berrick Barnes steadying the ship after coming on as his replacement towards the end of the match.
"They were mentally ready for the match," said Beale.
"Their pack was tough and mobile. We held out but they wanted it more. They'd studied our gameplan well. We should have been more disciplined, played more intelligently, simply -- what the French did.
"We should have occupied more territory, as Michalak did. I think we tried to play too much."