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France down Opals in pre-Games match
04:34 AEST Mon Jul 23 2012

Missing star basketballer Lauren Jackson, the Opals have fallen just short of a perfect pre-Olympics campaign by losing to France 64-58 in their final practice match before the London Games.

But forward Abby Bishop insists it's barely a hiccup in their preparations as the world No.2 side attempts to turn three consecutive silvers into long-awaited Olympic gold.

Jackson was one of three players rested for the match on Sunday, along with veteran Suzy Batkovic and Games debutant Sam Richards.

The six-point loss ends their six-game European tour on a low note, after successive victories against Great Britain, Angola, China, Brazil and also France in an opening encounter about a week ago.

"It probably wasn't the way we wanted to finish it, but at the end of the day we fought really hard," Bishop told AAP on Sunday.

"We're not looking for any excuses, but we were happy with how we played considering we were missing three great players."

The French squad, ranked world No.8, proved to be too strong for the Opals, turning a 14-11 halftime deficit around with a stand-out third-quarter when they outscored the Australians 25 to 16.

Triple Olympian Belinda Snell top scored again for the Opals with 14, another leading performance after she almost single-handedly averted a loss to Brazil on Saturday with a 28-point haul.

Bishop, who will be attending her first Olympics in London, said there were still positives to take out of the match.

"Everyone else definitely stepped up and tried to fill the gaps," she said.

"So we were happy with how we performed, just not the result so much."

The Opals have a rest day before arriving in London on Tuesday to prepare for their opening match against Great Britain on July 28.

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