Six Nations: France v Wales

Both sides will be desperate to round off their campaigns with a win before the big one in Dublin

Patrick Madden Sat, Mar 18
 
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  • 14:01

    Good afternoon!

    All good things must come to an end, and today we say goodbye to the 2017 Six Nations.

    The main event is at 5pm, as Ireland look to smash England’s Grand Slam dreams in Dublin.

    But first, it’s Wales in Paris. Not a bad warm up.

    We’ll be bringing you all the action throughout the afternoon, here’s to the last hurrah.

    Come on!!!

  • 14:04

    TEAM NEWS:

    France:  Dulin; Nakaitaci, Lamerat, Fickou, Vakatawa; Lopez, Serin; Picamoles, Gourdon, Sanconnie, Maestri, Vahaamahina, Slimani, Guirado (capt), Baille.  Replacements:  Chat, Atonio, Ben Arous, Le Devedec, Chouly, Trinh-Duc, Dupont, Huget.  

    WALES:  L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), J Tipuric (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester). Replacements: S Baldwin (Ospreys), N Smith (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Bath), T Faletau (Bath), G Davies (Scarlets), S Davies (Ospreys), J Roberts (Harlequins).

  • 14:06
    In Edinburgh Scotland are winning a pretty dour clash with Italy 22-0. That result puts them into second place in the table as things stand.
  • 14:15
    Scotland 29-0 up at Murrayfield now and they have a bonus point.
  • 14:20
    If Wales beat France this afternoon and Ireland lose to England then Joe Schmidt's side would slip out of the top four of the world rugby rankings - which would mean a much trickier pool in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. There's more at stake than just derailing the chariot today.
  • 14:21
  • 14:24
    Rob Howley has named an unchanged side again today, keeping faith in the XV who won that bruiser against Ireland last Friday. Taulupe Faletau remains on the bench with Ross Moriarty retaining the number eight jersey as Wales look for a sixth consecutive win over Les Bleus.
  • 14:25
    Full time at Murrayfield, Scotland have beaten Italy 29-0 as the Vern Cotter era comes to a close. A brilliant Six Nations for the Scots.
  • 14:32
    15 mins until kick off in Paris.
  • 14:39

    The backrow battle in Paris should be a good one - Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton were outstanding against Ireland and today they come up against the might of Louis Picamoles.  

    The teams are out in Paris.

  • 14:43
    A very quiet rendition of Land of My Fathers. There are quite a few empty seats in Paris - with lots of Welsh supporters apparently unable to make it due to an incident at Orly airport.
  • 14:45

    Dan Biggar to get us started.

    We're underway in Paris!

  • 14:46
    1 min: North is first to the kick off but the ball goes loose and Picamoles seizes on it. France run a couple of phases before Lopez finds a good touch on the left.
  • 14:48
    2 min: For the first time in the Championship Wales lose a lineout off a Ken Owens throw. France enjoying a good spell of possession with the dangerous Fickou involved, he stabs a kick in behind from the 22 but Halfpenny reads it well.
  • 14:49

    3 min: Wales concede a penalty on their 10-metre and there's no real advantage for France so play is brought back.

    Lopez will go for goal from a long way out - and it falls just short. Welsh 22, and Biggar goes long.

  • 14:50
    4 min: France moving the ball very well early doors and looking dangerous. They move it right and backrow Gourdon breaks the tackle of Liam Williams and bursts into the 22. France get numbers in at the breakdown and Wales concede a penalty, which Lopez sticks into the corner. French five metre lineout.
  • 14:51
    5 min: Good spoiling from Wales at the lineout and they do well to secure it before Biggar clears - but only as far as his own 22.
  • 14:51
    TRY FRANCE!!!!
  • 14:53

    Whirlwind start.  France secure the ball off the lineout and set the maul which grinds infield. The ball slows down so they move it and Lopez chips a lovely kick over the Welsh line and Lamerat scoots through to take it and score. Great vision from Lopez, who had clocked Halfpenny wasn't there to cover.

    Easy conversion for Lopez.

    8 MIN: FRANCE 7 WALES 0

  • 14:55
    9 min: Welsh scrum on the French 22 and they come under big pressure before Moriarty does well to dig it out. Wales are then turned over after good work by Vahaamahina.
  • 14:57
    10 min: Good break from the electric Webb on the right, working the short side and dummying before making good yards. The support is slow though and prop Francis is the first receiver and his offload to Tipuric goes loose.
  • 14:59
    11 min: Vakatawa released on the left and it takes a good tackle from North to stop him on the 22. France move it right, Fickou making half a break, before Wales manage to dig in and force a turnover. The visitors have hardly seen the ball thus far.  
  • 15:00
    13 min: Picamoles runs onto one on a dangerous line but luckily for Wales the big man spills it forward.
  • 15:03

    14 min: Welsh scrum in the middle of the park but the first effort is a bit messy so it's reset. Second time round tightheads Francis and Baille both hit the deck and Wales are penalised,

    Lopez to go for goal - good kick.

    16 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 0

  • 15:03
  • 15:04
    16 min: France make a hash of the restart again and Vakatawa manages to sweep up under pressure from North - clattering the diminutive Serin in the process.
  • 15:07
    17 min: Good lineout ball for Wales and they have their first decent spell of possession in the French 22. It opens up on the right and Biggar looks to play in North but his pass is slapped down by Vakatawa. Biggar is furious and thinks it was deliberate - and the TMO agrees. Vakatawa is sent to the bin, but France don't concede a penalty try.
  • 15:08

    18 min: There's a bit of deliberation from Alun Wyn Jones over what to do with the penalty, and he opts to give Halfpenny a pop at goal.

    Kick is on the 22 and five metres from the touchline - Halfpenny gets Wales on the board,

    20 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 3

  • 15:10
    21 min: Webb tries an audacious pick and go down the shortside from deep inside his 22 but gets wrapped up pretty quickly. He was picked up in the tackle though and Wales get a penalty which  Biggar sends as far as the 10.
  • 15:11
    22 min: Wales have the ball on halfway but lose it when Halfpenny takes it into contact and gets pilfered. France give the ball straight back though and Wales look to build the phases - but Halfpenny gets turned over again.
  • 15:13
    23 min: Biggar sends up a pretty aimless garyowen and replacement scrum half Dupont gathers comfortably on halfway. France spin it wide to Nakaitaci who gets on the outside and is hauled into touch inside the Welsh 10.
  • 15:17

    25 min: Half break for Halfpenny on the right but his offload can't find Jonathan Davies. Wales haven't been able to make their man advantage tell.

    Vahaamahina is penalised on halfway and Wales have a penalty - it's on the edge of Halfpenny's range but he's going to have a crack.

    It's a big old kick - but he strikes it beautifully.

    28 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 6

  • 15:18
    29 min: France now back to 15 men. Wales look to run it from deep before Webb box kicks on the left. It's taken by Dulin and his return kick is out on the full, meaning Wales have a lineout on the French 10.
  • 15:20
    30 min: First chance for Liam Williams to stretch his legs and he carries up to the French 10. Wales look to build but they're turned over again and a kick is put in behind Halfpenny. He does well to cover and clear under serious pressure but his kick picks out Fickou who looks to counter.
  • 15:21
    31 min: Lovely hands form the French, Serin reversing a pass out the back of his hand to Fickou. The hosts are looking dangerous but North does brilliantly at the breakdown and wins his side a penalty.
  • 15:24
    33 min: Quick ball for Wales and they have plenty of men over but North takes it in midfield and looks to burst the line rather than put it through the hands. He gets wrapped up and it's a French scrum. Crooked feed, French penalty.
  • 15:25
    35 min: The French lineout is overcooked but replacement Trinh-Duc runs onto the loose ball. France pressure inside the 22 but Trinh-Duc tries to slap a pass to Fickou and the ball goes loose, Webb clearing up.
  • 15:26
    36 min: This hasn't been the best start from Trinh-Duc and he massively overcooks a kick, the ball bobbling into the Welsh ingoal and out. Welsh scrum back on the French 10.
  • 15:30

    37 min: Better Welsh scrum and they use it, the ball is dinked over the top by Biggar and it bounces for Scott Williams. Wales pressing inside the French 22 with a penalty on its way. Wales have a free play but the ball slows down so play will go back.

    Easiest chance for Halfpenny so far - and he brings Wales back within a point.

    39 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 9

  • 15:31
    39 min: Wales looking for another score before half time and North shows lovely hands on the right before Moriarty shows and goes making good ground. Wales are pressing but then surrender possession on the 22 - they've done that far too often.
  • 15:31
    HT: FRANCE 10 WALES 9
  • 15:53
    45 mins: The second half is underway in Paris and the score remains 10-9. Patrick is battling with some technical issues at the moment but he should be back up and running soon.
  • 15:55
    45 min: I'm back (for now). Few technical gremlins. Frenetic start to the second half - but no score yet.
  • 15:56
    46 min: Wales defending a five metre scrum and the French pack put a good squeeze on, winning a penalty after the visitors collapse.
  • 15:57
    47 min: Boos ring out around the Stade de France after Wales are awarded a penalty from the next scrum. Biggar clears to touch - Wales can breathe.
  • 16:00
    48 min: France in possession inside their own half and Wales slowing the ball down well. Eventually it's back to Lopez in the pocket and he clears to Liam Williams and his return kick is straight to Dulin - but it's a good Welsh chase and he gets hauled into touch on halfway.
  • 16:01
    50 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 9
  • 16:05

    51 min: Charteris has come on for Alun Wyn Jones. Welsh scrum on halfway and they force a scrum penalty.  

    It's just inside the French half on the right - just a bit further than the one he nailed earlier on. Absolutely nails it, he's kicking like the Halfpenny of old.

    53 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 12

  • 16:06
    54 min: France looking to strike back and they're on the Welsh 22 but Warburton latches in over the ball and wins a penalty. Typical brilliance on the deck from the Welsh number six.
  • 16:08
    55 min: Wales lineout on halfway and they maul - but the French pack force them back into touch.
  • 16:10
    56 min: Jonathan Davies kicks down the left and Dulin scoots round to cover in goal and arcs his run behind the posts and back into play. France deep but keeping the ball in hand - and they break down the right through Fickou and Lamerat.  
  • 16:12
    58 min: France have the ball for an age without making much progress and the Welsh defence is turning the screw - until Serin sees the space and pins a lovely kick into the corner.
  • 16:13
    60 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 12
  • 16:16
    61 min: Another passage of play in which France have all the ball but can't make any impression on halfway. Vakatawa injects a bit of pace and power to break the gainline but then Faletau steals superbly.
  • 16:19

    63 min: Wales lineout and Vahaamahina gets pinged for impeding Tipuric in the air.

    Halfpenny will go for goal - it's another long one, and it's another sweet strike.

    64 MIN: FRANCE 10 WALES 15

  • 16:21

    65 min: France on the front foot and Atonio makes a big carry deep into the Welsh 22 - Webb doing well to finally haul him down. France keeping it tight picking and going on the five, and they're awarded a penalty for offside.  

    This will be an easy three points for Lopez - and he knocks it over.  

    66 MIN: FRANCE 13 WALES 15

  • 16:24
    68 min: Wales maul from a linout on the French 22 but can't get a big shunt on. They use it and work it inside with the big lumps hammering away on the fringes. They get a bit of quicker ball and Johnathan Davies bursts up to the 22.
  • 16:26

    70 min: Good carry from Faletau and then Warburton and Wales are deep inside the French 22. Biggar moves left and has men over but can't get the pass away so tries to go himself. Play is then brought back for an earlier high tackle on Owens by Atonio.

    Easy three points for Halfpenny.

    71 MIN: FRANCE 13 WALES 18

  • 16:30
    73 min: France get a glimpse on the outside but Nakaitaci knocks forward after Huget bulleted the pass at him.
  • 16:33
    75 min: France scrum on halfway. It takes an age for the ball to come out and when it does France move it left through the hands to Dulin who makes a half break. Wales then rip the ball in the tackle through Biggar and Webb and the ball is cleared - but bounces dead. France scrum on the Welsh 10, realistically they need a five pointer now.
  • 16:36
    77 min: Clean scrum ball for France and they move it to Fickou who is well tackled. A couple of good French rumbles and they're up to the Welsh five. Lopez tries to go alone but is held up. Wales desperately trying to hold on - France have a penalty coming. There's no advantage so they will go for a scrum.
  • 16:37
    79 min: Predictably, the scrum will be reset. Last chance saloon for the French.
  • 16:38
    79 min: Reset again...
  • 16:39
    79 min: And again...
  • 16:39
    80 min: You guessed it, it's reset again!
  • 16:43
    80 min: France put the squeeze on and Picamoles picks and pops to Dupont who is held up. Picamoles goes again and is driven back, and then Slimani gets the same treatment. France move it out to Nakaitaci who darts back inside and is just about stopped inside the five. France so close to the line and are held up - but they had a penalty coming. Yellow card for Samson Lee.  
  • 16:46
    We'll be lucky if this one is finished in time for the Ireland game. There's a big hold up as Wales bring Francis back on in the frontrow so the scrum can be set. Farcical end.
  • 16:47
    86 min: Scrum penalty to France.
  • 16:48
    87 min: Another French scrum. Dupont feeds and the whistle is blown again. This is becoming a bit of a joke.
  • 16:49
    88 min: Another reset scrum.
  • 16:50
    88 min: Another scrum penalty for France and Picamoles taps it quickly but is held up. They have an advantage coming and eventually move it wide where it's knocked on - back for the penalty.
  • 16:51
    90 min: Another scrum, and another minute of our lives wasted as they try and set it propely.
  • 16:53

    91 min: France use the ball and Nakaitaci charges inside. France have another penalty advantage and are in possession on the five. There's a loose pass to Fickou who manages to dance his way up to the five. Play breaks down and it's back for the penalty again.

    The teams are out in Dublin - we'll be across to the Aviva the second this is over.

  • 16:57
    95 min: This is truly painful now. France think they're over but the TMO says there's no conclusive footage so it's... ANOTHER FIVE METRE SCRUM!!
  • 16:59

    98 min: Another break in play, another French scrum and another French penaty. Wales on their last warning.

    The Ireland game won't kick off until this shambles is over so you won't miss any action in Dublin.

  • 17:00
    99 min: Picamoles controls the ball at the back of the scrum and Dupont snipes. France have another advantage and are held up just short. Dupont snipes again and is held up just short.
  • 17:01
    TRY FRANCE!!!!
  • 17:02

    France finally wriggle over the line, not sure who got the score.

    Lopez with a simple conversion to win the game - makes nomistake.

    100 MIN: FRANCE 20 WALES 18

  • 17:02
    FT: FRANCE 20 WALES 18
  • 17:03

    Right thanks for joining, I'm hopping across to bring you all the action from Dublin.

    See you there!