Even with an extra man, the Welsh attack didn’t flow. The visitors were pushed off an attacking five-metre scrum by the Welsh eight, but any thought that the game was won was dispelled by Dimitri Yachvili's 71st-minute penalty. Copyright © 2020 BBC. Wales completed their transformation from World Cup flops to secure their second Grand Slam in four years and send the nation into raptures. Les Bleus finally began to find a foothold in the Wales half, until an outstanding on-the-floor steal from man-of-the-match Martyn Williams relieved some of the pressure. The All Blacks claimed a 1-0 advantage in the Bledisloe Cup as they battled to a 27-7 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park. Stephen Jones's steady hand from the bench helped them home, with the superb Martyn Williams adding a second try. As ever at Rugby World Cups, no one could be certain which French team would come out in Oita after its typically inconsistent pool-stage campaign. France entered the game having not lost a championship game in Cardiff since 1996 and needing a 20-point win to steal the RBS Six Nations title from Wales. Stream the Rugby World Cup finals on KAYO SPORTS. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. Wales was then gifted 10 points despite hardly having any territory or ball. Wales barely saw the ball and was very lucky to be only 19-10 behind at halftime and the French wasted scoring opportunities and narrowly missed shots at goal. Then came the other side of the French: The self-inflicted implosion. Nov 2017, 20:00 Referee Jorge de Sousa, Portugal Avg. A minute later, Vakatawa sidestepped in from an offload by winger Damian Penaud and dived over for a brilliantly try. The gift-giving from restarts continued, Thierry Dusautoir's error allowing Hook to ease the Wales lead back out to 9-3 with his third penalty. RE-LIVE THE ACTION IN OUR BLOG BELOW. A try was begging, but Jones could not find Lee Byrne on his inside shoulder and the home side had to be content with an opening penalty from Hook. Not Used: Delve, Peel, Parker. It was a France mistake that hurt the visitors, though, Yannick Jauzion spilling an unsympathetic pass from Skrela 40 yards from his own line. Wales took advantage of the second half sending off of France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina to rally for a 20-19 win on Sunday and a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals. Ross Moriarty 4.36am EDT 04:36 PENALTY! Two first-half tries from Anthony Bouthier and Paul Willemse sent France on their way, although three penalties from Dan Biggar helped the hosts to reduce the gap to 17-9 at the break. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. They were on course for a seventh appearance in the semifinals after scoring three tries in the first half, through Vahaamahina, Charles Ollivon and Virimi Vakatawa. IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT CLICK HERE. Offloads, sidesteps, ingenuity: It was all there. France got back on the front foot again and took advantage of Wales replacement Ross Moriarty — on for the inured Josh Navidi — getting sin-binned for a high tackle. HIGHLIGHTS: Wales v France – Rugby World Cup 2019. But with the packed crowd brewing the enclosed Millennium Stadium into a fervent cauldron of expectation, Wales were spurred into early action. Cannot play media. Pens: Elissalde (3), Yachvili. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising. Biggar converted, added a penalty, and suddenly Wales was only 12-10 behind. France (6) 12 Williams became his country's all-time leading try scorer, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites, Give your thoughts on Wales' Grand Slam win. France’s two tries in the opening eight minutes mixed bludgeoning power with gracefulness, Vahaamahina burrowing over in the fifth minute before Ollivon finished off an 80-metre move that started with a break by Vakatawa just outside his own 22. To start with, it was Les Tricolores at their most entertaining. Wales moved on into the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup by the slightest of margins as they edged France 20-19 in the quarter-finals. Extended Highlights: Wales v France. Justin Tipuric gathered it, was tackled on the line, only for Ross Moriarty to collect and barge over for a try converted by Biggar. Full time! Wales will play South Africa or host nation Japan in the semifinals. SUBSCRIBE: iTUNES | SPOTIFY | GOOGLE PODS | STITCHER. Dillon Lewis’ try just after the restart reinvigorated Wales but France fly-half Romain Ntamack intercepted a Nick Tompkins pass and ran in unopposed for France’s third try. Wales added a penalty shortly after to make it a one score ball game at 19-13 heading into the final quarter. Ian Gough was winning his 50th cap for Wales, and he was joined on that landmark by Duncan Jones who temporarily stepped off the bench following a head injury to Gethin Jenkins. Still, Warren Gatland’s 12-year tenure as Wales coach somehow gets two more weeks as he looks to guide the rugby-mad country to a first World Cup title. France got off to a dream start with two tries in the opening ten minutes to build a 12-0 lead. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Read more. Dan Biggar’s penalty goal reduced the deficit to six points before Wales shoved back France at a 74th-minute scrum near the French line, the ball was stripped at the back and popped into the air. Biggar kicked a penalty to bring Wales to within a converted try of the lead, but the French defence was excellent until a scrum — in which they had the feed — disintegrated and their World Cup and Moriarty barged over. The World Champion Springboks have withdrawn from the Rugby Championship, according to a report by Liam Napier at the New Zealand Herald. But Shane Williams got the crucial score on 60 minutes, becoming Wales' all-time top try scorer in the process. Wales: Byrne, M. Jones, Shanklin, Henson, S. Williams, Hook, Phillips, Jenkins, Bennett, A. Jones, Gough, A. Jones, Thomas, M. Williams, R. Jones.Replacements: S. Jones for Hook (56), Rees for Bennett (56), D. Jones for A. Jones (71), Evans for Gough (71). The TMO did, however, and the lock had to go. MATCH INFO – France vs Wales Highlights & Full Match Start date 10. Highlights: Wales 29-12 France France entered the game having not lost a championship game in Cardiff since 1996 and needing a 20-point win to steal the RBS Six Nations title from Wales. Wales players react after Ross Moriarty scored a try at Oita Stadium. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory. Shane Williams pounced, hacking through and showing composure to ground for the try after the ball bounced off the post, taking him clear of Clerc as the 2008 tournament's leading try scorer, and ahead of Gareth Thomas on 41 in Wales' all-time list. 4.31am EDT 04:31 RED CARD! WHAT NEXT: This is how the Wallabies will find a replacement for Michael Cheika, TIME’S UP: Passion without intelligence is the hallmark of Cheika’s Wallabies reign, GAME OVER: Jones delivers knockout blow to Cheika’s colourful Wallabies’ career. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. A crunching tackle from Jake Ball on France captain Guilhem Guirado saw the ball fall loose and Wainwright picked it up to sprint over from 40 metres. Wales 13 - 19 France. Wales 20 - 19 France. Wales 20 - 19 France 5.04am EDT 05:04 TRY! France remained on course for their first Guinness Six Nations title in a decade with a thrilling victory at Principality Stadium to further dent Wales… France coach Marc Lievremont changed his half-backs, but it was Stephen Jones who got the next score, a penalty stretching the lead to 19-9. Watch the match in full on BBC iPlayer for seven days from Sunday (UK users only). Highlights: Wales overturn 16-point deficit to beat France 1 Feb 2019 1 Feb 2019 From the section Rugby Union Wales produce an incredible comeback from 16-0 down at half-time to beat France … Wales took advantage of the second half sending off of France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina to rally for a 20-19 win on Sunday and a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals. Dan Biggar. Wales' 10th Grand Slam was secured 100 years after they won their first, and home fans left to carry on the party of the century.
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