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Match Report – France end with 14 players and the win against Wales in Paris


In a dramatic match from start to finish France manage to get a yellow card, a red card and still come from behind to win against Wales in Paris.

There was plenty of controversial decisions in this match and may talking points for the week to come but at the end France showed so much class with 14 men to come back and beat Wales 33-30.

The speed and intensity of the start of the test was just insane with so much class and vision shown by both teams but it was a brilliant start to the game for France who showed again how much skill this side really have.

They went over the line but they could not see the ball grounding, letting Wales off the hook.

They kept the pressure on Wales and it was Romain Taofifenua that went over for the first try of the match and gave France a 7-0 lead.

Wales hit back immediately with great ball handling and skill we saw Bigger find the gab and get Wales first try. This even things up at 7-7.

With the intensity of the game still there France quickly got their second through Dupont which gave France the lead again 14-7.

We then so one of the better buildups for try as Wales stretch the French defence to the limit and send Josh Navidi over eventually which level the score up again at 14-14.

Bigger slotted a penalty to give Wales the lead for the first time but Romain Ntamack levelled it up again a few minutes later.

The two teams went into the break with 17 points all and all to play for in the second half to see who will lift that trophy.

Wales had the better start to the second half and kept ball in hand working their way down to the French try line. After sustain pressure they forced a penalty which Bigger kicked over for the lead.

The game of test rugby seems not to get away from controversy. Wales got over the line with Josh Adams where you could clearly see a hand of a French player under the ball but TMO said he does not have clear evidence that the ball was held up and try was given

This gave Wales a 27-17 lead.

France pulled three back with a penalty from Romain Ntamack to make the score 27-20 but Wales just step up a bit and where putting so much pressure on France.

France was not able to handle the Wales kicking game which added misery to the French side as Wales worked their way back to the red zone.

France with too many penalties got Mohamed Haouas send to to the bin and gave Wales another penalty which Bigger kicked over to extend the led again to 30-20.

And just when you thought France are out of the contest they came back at Wales putting the ball through the hands as well setting up an attacking line out.

France were all over Wales and persistent penalties being given away by Wales was just let go by the referee as France scored in the corner.

But that try was overturned after the TMO came in for a neck roll from Willemse which also evolved hand making contact with the eyes. Willemse got a red for that but Wales came away with no card for repeated infringements. They actually got a penalty to get out of the danger zone.

The French did not gave up even with 14 men and kept the pressure on Wales and again Wales kept on giving penalties away and finally the referee gave a yellow card to Taulupe Faletau.

A minute later with France still on attacking the Wales line referee send Liam Williams off with a yellow for the same. Then came another controversy. Wales kept on giving penalties away and instead another yellow card the referee gave a warning to Wales again.

France then went over and ate replies shown that the ball was grounded the referee kept saying he was happy with the ball not being grounded as he saw it not even going to the TMO.

France eventually got Charles Ollivon over to make it 30-27 with minutes left in the match. The French again worked their way back to Wales line and after multiple phases they got Brice Dulin scoring the winning try after the hooter.

That gave France a 32-30 win and well deserved as they will be feeling hard done by the referee in this match.


France(17): Tries – Romain Taofifenua, Antoine Dupont,Charles Ollivon, Brice Dulin Conversions – Matthieu Jalibert(3) Penalties – Romain Ntamack(2)

Wales(17): Tries – Dan Biggar, Josh Navidi, Josh Adams Conversions – Dan Biggar(3) Penalties – Dan Biggar(3)

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