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Rugby World Cup – Wales sneak through against 14-man French side


Wales had to wait till the 75 minute to take the lead and the win against France on Sunday as they move on to the semi-finals.

They were not at their best as France were playing there best rugby in the this World Cup but a red card was just too much for the men in blue as Wales took a 20-19 win.

Wales will have to get much better for next week as they were not good on the night.

Although France could not hold on to the ball from the kickoff it was them that put the early pressure on on Wales with some exciting running rugby.

They got their first try from a driving maul which Sebastien Vahaamahina was at the end of to get an 5-0 lead.

It took not long for the French to stretch the Wales defence again with a beauty of a try which saw them showing of their ability to keep ball alive to send Charles Ollivon over.

This gave France a 12-0 lead after just 10 minutes.

Wales got on the board after Aaron Wainwright picked up a loose ball from a French ruck to run 20 meters to score his teams first try.

Wales was now playing inside the French half putting pressure with their defence on the French forcing them to make mistakes.

It was Bigger with a penalty kick that put Wales within 2 points of France after 20 minutes of play.

Wales was hit with a yellow card when Ross Moriarty was send to the bin for a high tackle. This gave France the extra man to get their third try through Virimi Vakatawa.

France had some more chances to get more points in the board before halftime but Wales defence were able to hold them out as the teams went into the break with France leading 19-10.

Both sides tried to play the territorial game with France getting the better playing in Wales half.

The game was turned on his head when Sebastien Vahaamahina was send off for hitting a player with the elbow in the face.

This gave Wales the lift they needed as they took the game to France in their own half.

Wales got three points back with a penalty from Bigger to make the lead only 19013 after 54 minutes.

France was playing clever rugby with one man down putting the ball behind Wales in their own half

Wales were putting on the pressure and France where giving away penalties which eventually tell as Wales ripped a ball out of the scrum and send Ross Moriarty over.

This gave Wales a 20-19 lead with 5 to go in the match.

Wales was able to play the game out with 3 minutes left on the board to take the win and moving forward to the semi-final.


Wales: Tries – Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty Conversions – Dan Biggar(2) Penalties –  Dan Biggar(2)

France: Tries – Sebastien Vahaamahina, Charles Ollivon, Virimi Vakatawa Conversions – Romain Ntamack(2)

What was said after the game…