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Friday 01 February 2019, 3:00pm EST

France v Wales

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  • FT
  • ConversionDan Biggar
  • TRY!George North
  • Penalty GoalCamille Lopez
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
  • ConversionGareth Anscombe
  • TRY!George North
  • ConversionGareth Anscombe
  • TRY!Tomos Williams
  • Drop GoalCamille Lopez
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalCamille Lopez
  • TRY!Yoann Huget
  • TRY!Louis Picamoles
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
France T C P
15 Maxime Médard 0 0 0
14 Damian Penaud 0 0 0
13 Romain Ntamack 0 0 0
12 Wesley Fofana 0 0 0
11 Yoann Huget 1 0 0
10 Camille Lopez 0 0 2
9 Morgan Parra 0 0 0
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Uini Atonio 0 0 0
4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
5 Paul Willemse 0 0 0
6 Wenceslas Lauret 0 0 0
7 Arthur Iturria 0 0 0
8 Louis Picamoles 1 0 0
16 Julien Marchand 0 0 0
17 Dany Priso 0 0 0
18 Demba Bamba 0 0 0
19 Felix Lambey 0 0 0
20 Gregory Alldritt 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Serin 0 0 0
22 Gael Fickou 0 0 0
23 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
Wales T C P
15 Liam Williams 0 0 0
14 George North 2 0 0
13 Jonathan Davies 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0
11 Josh Adams 0 0 0
10 Gareth Anscombe 0 2 0
9 Tomos Williams 1 0 0
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
4 Adam Beard 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Josh Navidi 0 0 0
7 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
8 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Wyn Jones 0 0 0
18 Samson Lee 0 0 0
19 Cory Hill 0 0 0
20 Aaron Wainwright 0 0 0
21 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
22 Dan Biggar 0 1 1
23 Owen Watkin 0 0 0


Six Nations

4 France 70 10
1 Wales 85 23
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  • Both sides can look forward to week two now however, with both facing on the road fixtures. For France, they head to Twickenham for a clash with England, while Wales will make the trip further south to Rome for a game with Italy. Until then however, thank you for joining us and have a good weekend!
  • Wales become only the third ever side to come from 16 points down at half time and win in the history of rugby union internationals to ensure that their coach's final year at the helm starts the way that they mean to go on. France will see their defeat as a significant blow, after they controlled the game for so long. Jacques Brunel's side will have some licking of their wounds to do.
  • FULL-TIME: A brace for George North inspires a second half comeback for Wales in dramatic circumstances as they get their 2019 Guinness Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against France in Paris. Warren Gatland's side scored 24 points after the break to haul themselves back from the brink with a bit of luck to make it 10 wins in a row for the first time this millennium! At full-time at the Stade de France, it finishes France 19-24 Wales.
  • France win the Welsh line-out and beat their way forward with intent. But then the ball comes loose at the breakdown and the visitors blast it into touch to secure a dramatic win!
  • France concede the penalty at the scrum! The referee blows against them and frustration boils over as the two packs get into a scrap.
  • The hosts knock on again! Wales have put a brilliant shift in defensively since the break and they will have the scrum inside their own 22.
  • Gareth Davies knocks on at the scrum however and France give themselves a line-out on the left wing 10m out.
  • Fickou breaks through the left flank and offloads to Iturria, only for the pass to be ruled as forward. France are running out of chances to snatch something after they dominated for so long.
  • France have lacked the tactical nous that marked them out in the first half since the break and they've been made to pay for it here, even if Wales have been blessed with their lucky stars on occasion. Do they have something left to snatch a favourable result?
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: France 19-24 Wales. Biggar makes no mistake and extends the visitors' lead to an unconverted try. Have they done enough to seal a massive win after that rotten first half?
  • Try
    TRY: France 19-22 Wales. North with the interception! France look to spread Wales wide on the attack with long passes under little pressure to the left and the centre steals a poor effort out of mid-air to race 60m downfield and restore his side's lead.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 19-17 Wales. The hosts retake the lead as Lopez makes no mistakes to set up a grandstand finish.
  • France win the penalty at the scrum as they force it to rotate and Lopez will go for goal from straight in front.
  • Another stoppage now sees Hill down needing treatment with the clock stopped. It will be a Wales scrum when the game resumes.
  • A frantic passage of play from France sees Gareth Davies put the ball straight to the hands of Fofana and the hosts go for a drop-goal. The attempted charge-down falls to Lambey who knocks on in the tackle and Wales survive.
  • A handling snafu from Wales forces North to double back after a loose ball and take it over his own line for a drop-out.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 16-17 Wales. Biggar's kick is a perfect attempt and the visitors lead for the first time in this game. What a reversal of fortunes this second half has brought.
  • Wales look to land a penalty of their own now, with Biggar pointing to the posts from 33 yards after France stand up early in the scrum.
  • The hosts look to steady the ship with a penalty from 40 yards out but the kick is sliced wide of the right post.
  • France spark another exchange of box kicks as they look to dig themselves out of their own 22 as Marchand leads another raft of changes onto the field.
  • Moriarty is over for the visitors! But it's no try, with the referee blowing before he could touch down for obstruction in the build-up. It's a marginal call and a lucky one perhaps for France.
  • France look absolutely shattered by that one-two sucker-punch and Wales draft on the mercurial Dan Biggar to help draft the attack at the back now. This game has been turned on its head.
  • CONVERSION: France 16-14 Wales. Anscombe knocks over the extras and Wales have put themselves within touching distance in the space of a few brilliant minutes at the Stade de France.
  • Try
    TRY: France 16-12 Wales. It's an absolute gift to George North! Parkes kicks penalty advantage from the base of a scrum in midfield and Huget looks to have it covered as he slides over his own try-line, only to fumble the ball and allow the winger to touch down.
  • Both sides make their first changes of the game with Demba Bamba and Cory Hill on for their respective nations.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: France 16-7 Wales. Anscombe slots over the extras and cuts the gap to nine points.
  • Try
    TRY: France 16-5 Wales. The visitors get their first points of the game with a try from something out of nothing. Tomos Williams provides great support play to finish off a Josh Adams break that saw the winger scythe through a gap on the right wing. 
  • There's been very little promise since Liam Williams had his effort chalked off but Wales have grounded through a handful of phrases to put their offensive weight on the French 22 line now. The hosts are disciplined and smart around the ruck though, presenting few opportunities.
  • There's a spark of something as France are forced into their own 22 – and then Owens juggles an easy pass and puts it to ground. That's the 10th handling error of the game from Wales.
  • An exchange of box kicks comes to an end when France are forced into a knock-on by some sharp Welsh defence and the visitors drive themselves forward on the back of a promising scrum.
  • France kick the second half off and the game is back underway in Paris for the final 40 minutes.
  • Wales have however lost their last four away games in this competition in recent years, their worst such run since losing five on the bounce across 2006 and 2007.
  • France have not conceded any more than 18 points in their last six home games in the tournament, including this encounter so far. It's going to take something special from Warren Gatland's side to earn a win in the next 40 minutes or so.
  • HALF-TIME: It's Les Bleus with the lead at the Stade de France in a waterlogged clash that has seen them generally adapt better to some torrid conditions in Paris, thanks to tries from Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget. Wales thought they got over early on through Liam Williams but the eye of the TMO denied them, and they have rarely threatened since. It's a long way back to make it 10 wins on the trot now. At half-time, it's France 16-0 Wales.
  • DROP GOAL: France 16-0 Wales. Lopez with the extra three points in overtime! It's a lovely kick from 40 yards out and adds a little bit more to the mountain Wales have to climb in the second half.
  • An early push from the French front row gives Wales a free-kick from the scrum and they put valuable metres between their line and the opposition.
  • France pick up another penalty, put themselves into the right corner and try to maul their way over from the line -out. It splits a moment too early though and Beard manages to win the turnover before the hosts can force their way through.
  • A mistake from the hosts now gives Wales a chance to win field possession in the opposition half, with a line-out of their own. They then promptly lose it and Huget tears off downfield again with a spring in his step and the roar of the Stade de France at his back.
  • A set of midfield exchanges opens up for a French break once again. Wales manage to regain possession but then Anscombe puts his box kick out on the full. It's not been a great half for the visitors, who look sapped by the conditions.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: France 13-0 Wales. Lopez makes no mistakes and the game has its first successful attempt at goal to extend the French lead.
  • The visitors contest the scrum ferociously but stray offside as France come forward and after the hosts put the ball to ground, they get a chance to go for goal from straight in front of the sticks with penalty advantage. Lopez takes over from Parra with the kicking tee.
  • A penalty for France allows them to pin Wales back on their own try-line and despite an initial clearing kick, a second attempt wins the hosts a 5m scrum.
  • It's another missed attempt at the sticks, with this one a frustratingly straightforward effort to snub by Anscombe.
  • A box kick exchange allows Liam Williams to break from inside his own half and tear into French territory. An attempt to intercept from the ruck by the hosts sees them penalised for offside and the visitors signal they will go for goal again.
  • Parra misses his third attempt of the night, slicing it past the near-left post, to ensure the score remains at 10-0.
  • Try
    TRY: France 10-0 Wales. Huget gets the second try of the game for the hosts following a knock-on advantage after Beard tipped a French line-out forward. Fast hands take them from left to right to left again in a flash and the winger helps stretch the defence wide with a speedy run to the corner.
  • The hosts play a few phases across to the left and look to catch North out with the high bomb to the corner. Williams comes across to cover however and claims cleanly to defuse the immediate danger for Wales.
  • France pick up a penalty straight away too as they catch several Welsh forwards offside from the base of the scrum. They pick up a second one a moment later too after Tipuric concedes another penalty at the line-out for contact in the air.
  • It's a knock-on by the fullback with replays showing that he lost possession as he first hit the turf a metre or so out. France get the scrum restart instead, to the joy of the home crowd.
  • Liam Williams gets Wales on the board for the first time as he takes possession out on the left wing, weaves between two defenders and drags over a third as he just about slides over. The referee awards the try but then refers it to the TMO as the kick is about to be taken.
  • France pick up a line-out following a late hit on Parra but Navidi rushes the first phase play and comes up with the turnover to keep Wales in the opposition half.
  • Anscombe, like his opposite half-back, doesn't quite get the angle again from 40 yards out on the centre-left flank and he pushes it wide of the right post with a low effort.
  • Now Wales are gifted a penalty, after Anscombe's attempted chip can't marshal a suitable edge from advantage play. The visitors will also go for goal, given the rather dire conditions for ball-in-hand play.
  • Parra's kick has the legs but not the angle as he drifts it past the left upright.
  • A scrappy restart from the visitors following a bobble by Tomos Williams gives a scrum to France and a rather messy passage of play follows with an eventual penalty for Les Bleus. Parra points to the posts and will look to add three points from distance.
  • France miss the conversion however and the score remains at 5-0.
  • Try
    TRY: France 5-0 Wales. The hosts catch Wales short on the phases as they pull opposition defenders across to their left flank before cutting back across the field to allow Picamoles the chance to burst through a gaping maw for the first score.
  • A scrum collapse from the hosts gives Wales their first penalty and they take the line-out on halfway. Parkes makes the mistake of putting the ball to ground however and Huget's resulting break puts France inside the visitors' 22.
  • France play a dummy maul from the line-out and look to slip Ntamack away through the resulting gap, only for the debutant to knock on. The conditions are soaking in Paris for this encounter, resulting in a slippery ball.
  • Medard spots a gap in midfield after an early, scruffy exchange of box kicks but France lose the ball cheaply on the win. They get the penalty however after preventing Wales from releasing on the counter.
  • Wales kick the game off and we are underway in this first match of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.
  • The teams have emerged at the Stade de France for the national anthems.
  • This will be the 97th meeting between France and Wales in all competitions and the Welsh will be looking to notch up a 50th win against Les Bleus in this game; Warren Gatland’s men have won six of their last seven against France.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Aaron Wainwright, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin.
  • Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.
  • Replacements: Julien Marchand, Dany Priso, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Gregory Alldritt, Baptiste Serin, Gael Fickou, Geoffrey Doumayrou.
  • France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Wesley Fofana, Romain Ntamack, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Morgan Parra; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Uini Atonio, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Willemse, Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Iturria, Louis Picamoles.
  • A few faces make their first appearances for their country in today's encounter, with Romain Ntamack and Paul Willemse both pulling on the home jersey for the inaugural time. Tomos Williams meanwhile makes his Guinness Six Nations debut ahead of Gareth Davies.
  • For France, Jacques Brunel's Les Bleus are aiming to make it five home wins from six in the tournament as they ramp up their groundwork ahead of the trip east. Guilhem Guirado starts once more for them; the Toulon hooker will be hoping to improve on last year's fourth-place finish.
  • For Wales, Warren Gatland's team will be looking to make it 10 wins on the bounce, for only the third time in their history and the first time since the millennium. He'll have the ever reliable Alun Wyn Jones to captain the side; the Ospreys lock will be hoping to make it to his fourth World Cup in September.
  • It's that time of the year again as the best countries in Europe meet over the next seven weekends to vie to be crowned the finest side across the continent – and with a World Cup in Japan on the horizon, every nation will be wanting to have the best preparation they can.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of week one of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations as France host Wales at the Stade de France in Paris.

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