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Saturday 17 March 2018, 1:00pm EDT

Wales v France

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • ConversionMaxime Machenaud
  • TRY!Gael Fickou
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • TRY!Liam Williams
  • Drop GoalFrancois Trinh-Duc
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Wales T C P
15 Leigh Halfpenny 0 0 3
14 George North 0 0 0
13 Scott Williams 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0
11 Liam Williams 1 0 0
10 Dan Biggar 0 0 0
9 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
4 Cory Hill 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
7 Josh Navidi 0 0 0
8 Taulupe Faletau 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Nicky Smith 0 0 0
18 Samson Lee 0 0 0
19 Bradley Davies 0 0 0
20 Aaron Shingler 0 0 0
21 Aled Davies 0 0 0
22 Gareth Anscombe 0 0 0
23 Steff Evans 0 0 0
France T C P
15 Benjamin Fall 0 0 0
14 Gael Fickou 1 0 0
13 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
11 Remy Grosso 0 0 0
10 Francois Trinh-Duc 0 0 0
9 Maxime Machenaud 0 1 1
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Adrien Pélissié 0 0 0
3 Cedate Gomes Sa 0 0 0
4 Paul Gabrillagues 0 0 0
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
6 Wenceslas Lauret 0 0 0
7 Yacouba Camara 0 0 0
8 Marco Tauleigne 0 0 0
16 Camille Chat 0 0 0
17 Dany Priso 0 0 0
18 Rabah Slimani 0 0 0
19 Bernard Le Roux 0 0 0
20 Mathieu Babillot 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Couilloud 0 0 0
22 Lionel Beauxis 0 0 0
23 Geoffrey Palis 0 0 0


Six Nations

2 Wales 81 15
4 France 66 11
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  • The Dargons roar themselves to victory in Cardiff once more, as the boot of Leigh Halfpenny leads them to a thrilling 14-13 victory in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations. It could have all been so different, had Francois Trinh-Duc kicked a penalty with 12 minutes to go; instead, Warren Gatland's men clung on by a point to finish off their campaign with a thrilling victory. That concludes the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations - and what a Championship it's been! Congratulations to Ireland on their Grand Slam victory - and thank you very much for joining us!
  • Shingler steals the line-out! He gets it out back to Gareth Davies and he blasts it into touch; Wales have won a dramatic encounter at the Principality Stadium to conclude the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations! They beat France 14-13 thanks to the boot of Leigh Halfpenny - and finish second overall in the Championship table!
  • Wales get the ball out of the maul but then concede another penalty at the breakdown. France will get one more half-chance here, with a line-out from inside their own half.
  • It's a messy line-out and France have to scramble back to regather - and then Grosso kicks downfield to the horror of his teammates. To make it worse for the visitors, they give away a penalty on halfway for not rolling away; Wales march themselves inside the opposition 22 for the line-out.
  • North spots a gap and is almost through - and then Bastareaud manages to get over the ball and give France the penalty. They're deep in their own 22 though, with only three minutes on the clock.
  • Scrum to Wales now as they stall and force the French maul to ground. They pack down on halfway.
  • France win the penalty at the breakdown after Samson Lee fails to release in the tackle. They get the line-out just inside the Wales half on the right.
  • Superb work from Wales sees Bradley Davies execute a one-on-one strip and now the Dragons are on the attack and looking dangerous.
  • Lionel Beauxis is on for Trinh-Duc as France regather the ball from a clearing kick and try to work their way out of their own half.
  • France now have a scrum 40m out, and spread it wide at speed to Grosso who almost gets away from Halfpenny - only to be just tapped into touch. Into the final ten minutes at the Principality Stadium.
  • Trinh-Duc misses! That is a kick that could haunt the fly-half for a long time, as he pushes it wide at the left post. Wales remain in the lead, 14-13.
  • Penalty to France! It's in kicking distance too, at a slight angle to the right, after Williams makes an offside interception at the tackle. Trinh-Duc will take...
  • But Wales can't make it stick either as their hooker collapses the scrum and France take a quick-tap penalty to try and undercut the defence.
  • An exchange of clearing kicks eventually leads to a Welsh scrum on the French 40m mark after an absolute brain-freeze from Trinh-Duc who, under no pressure, throws a forward pass to Fall.
  • Wales earn a penalty now - and a relieving one - as France collapse the scrum on the Dragons' line.
  • Superb work from Wales manages to hold Bastareaud off the ground five metres away from the try-line and they earn the ball.
  • Now a penalty to France for a high tackle against Scott Williams, caught by the TMO, and the visitors will go for a line-out rather than goal. 
  • Biggar's clearing kick is straight to Trinh-Duc who returns with his own effort; one that lands in-goal and stays in by a matter of inches. Wales drop out on the 22.
  • Great work from Gabrillagues forces the maul forward for France but then Wales earn the turnover thanks to the efforts of the newly-arrived Aaron Shingler.
  • France force another scrum collapse and get the penalty again; with Trinh-Duc not making the same mistake twice and going for a more agreeable angle out wide on the right.
  • Tipuric spills the ball on the fourth phase, letting France off the hook; Chat returns with interest and spills himself to give the Dragons another scrum, again just inside the opposition half.
  • What an error from Trinh-Duc! The fly-half goes for length with his penalty for the line-out - and puts it dead in goal instead. Wales get the scrum instead now, where both sides previously packed down.
  • Changes in the front row for France as Camille Chat and Rabah Slimani enter the fray, and with their help, the visitors win the penalty as they force Wales to wheel the scrum.
  • Parkes bodychecks a pass from Machenaud from the restart to charge down an attempted French break but then the Dragons fling the ball loose too. Eventually, after some confusion, France get the scrum just inside their own half.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 14-13 France. Machenaud cuts the gap to a single point and France put the game on a knife-edge.
  • France opt to play it fast to the right, with Fall making a superb catch from a botched Lauret pass, and the visitors work through fifteen phases before winning a penalty after Biggar fails to roll away in the tackle, 30m out on the right.
  • Wales win a scrum of their own now for a French knock-on off a clearing kick from Halfpenny - and from the base, Parkes tears off out wide to the left. The centre looks to be away, only to put a pass too high for Liam Williams on his blindside who knocks it to ground.
  • A Gareth Davies-sparked move down the left wing allows Wales to show off some fancy handwork but the scrum-half then can't take Taulupe Faletau's pass in and France get the scrum just inside their own half.
  • A lengthy exchange of clearing kicks eventually sees Parkes put one out and France get the line-out on halfway.
  • We're back underway in Cardiff for the final half of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations! Can Wales hold on for the win under the roof of the Principality Stadium or will France have an ace up their sleeve to deny the Dragons?
  • It's been a close contest, thrilling in parts, between these two sides but it's Wales who lead on home turf ahead of the final 40 minutes of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations. France are bringing the game to their hosts in what is perhaps their best half of rugby since Ireland in the opening round - but will they be able to secure the win in Cardiff? At half-time, it's Wales 14-10 France.
  • From 40 metres out, the scrum-half just pulls his kick wide to the right and Wales preserve their four-point lead at the break in this NatWest 6 Nations encounter!
  • Penalty to France now, on their right flank, as Liam Williams takes out Fall behind the ball. Machenaud will go for this kick for the hosts.
  • And again, France earn the line-out, and make their way back into Welsh territory as the clock ticks over the 40-minute mark.
  • Penalty to Wales now as they force the scrum collapse and Biggar's kick give the Dragons the line-out only 20m out on their left flank again.
  • It's a promising chance for France again - but then they knock on and Wales now have the scrum just inside their own half on the left.
  • The Dragons romp downfield on the back of a Dan BIggar break - but then Bastareaud keeps Rob Evans from releasing and France win the turnover penalty just inside their own half.
  • France advance with intent as they look to strike back - but Maxime Machenaud flicks a pass forward to Sebastien Vahaamahina and Wales get the scrum 25m from their own try-line.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 14-10 France. The fullback floats his kick right between the uprights and Wales give themselves a little bit more breathing space.
  • From the scrum, Parkes and Francis haul Wales down the left flank into the opposition half - and then Pelissie gives away a penalty for a high shot. Halfpenny will go for goal again, this time from further out.
  • That's a brilliant turnover from France, who collect a loose ball and punt it long. Liam Williams reaches it with seconds to spare but dithers around and leaves a window for Fall to slide in and take. It gives the visitors a chance to strike out - only for Pelissie to knock on a sitter of a pass from Cedate Gomes Sa.
  • Another Welsh scrum now, this one for a knock on against Bastareaud after the captain knocked on going over in the tackle.
  • Play is paused for Camara to get some medical attention before Wales burst out of the scrum and tear off downfield through Scott Williams.
  • Doumayrou puts a return kick out on the full with a shocking effort - but then pinches the resulting Welsh attacking line-out 20m away from his own line and sparks a swift attack down the left. His crossfield kick to Yacouba Camara can't quite be taken in and Liam Williams also knocks on; no advantage leads to a Welsh scrum.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Wales 11-10 France. From bang in front, Trinh-Duc converts and Wales are only a point ahead.
  • Try
    TRY: Wales 11-8 France. Great work by France as a Fickou clean break takes them down the right wing to give Pelissie a platform. One phase later and it's the winger who gets the ball back, fed inside to centre-field 15m out as he cuts round Halfpenny and touches down.
  • An excellent crossfield kick from Halfpenny finds Wyn Jones with the collection but when the hosts bring it back across for Tipuric, France are able to bundle Wales into touch as Rob Evans is busted by Mathieu Bastareaud.
  • Scrum to Wales from the restart now after they hold up a French line-out through Alun Wyn Jones.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 11-3 France. No mistake from the fullback and the Dragons increase their lead to eight points.
  • Wales hold off the France attack and recover possession from a loose ball - and then get a penalty as Paul Gabrillagues takes Cory Hill out in the air during a line-out. Halfpenny will go for goal again, 30m out on the left inside the French half.
  • France work their way back downfield from the restart, with Jefferson Poirot backed up by Adrien Pelissie; that is, until the later knocks on and Wales get the ball. Parkes looks to kick for distance, but puts it out on the full. to give France the line-out within the opposition half.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 8-3 France. Halfpenny's effort is good this time and flies between the uprights to give the hosts a five-point lead.
  • And now a penalty too for Wales, after France come in at the side during the maul. Halfpenny will go for goal.
  • Wales are off again down the left wing, with Scott Williams drilling the ball down for Halfpenny to chase, with Gael Fickou eventually putting it out off a bounce for an attacking line-out. The Dragons are roaring with all their might right now.
  • Halfpenny just hooks the conversion attempt wide but Wales are in front within the blink of an eye. What a start this is!
  • Try
    TRY: Wales 5-3 France. The Dragons strike back from the restart! What a shambles from France; a short kick-off foxes Trinh-Duc, and is allowed to bounce - wickedly - which is then grubbered through for Liam Williams to score behind Benjamin Fall. What a response for the hosts.
  • DROP GOAL: Wales 0-3 France.Trinh-Duc, out some 20m, gives France an early lead as he opts for a rather simple drop goal in open play after he finds himself in space. France have the lead in the opening moments in Cardiff.
  • France pick up the first penalty of the game too as Alun Wyn Jones fails to release in the tackle, allowing Francois Trinh-Duc to place a line-out 20m away from the Welsh line.
  • We're underway at the Principality Stadium in the final game of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations! Under a closed roof, it's Wales who make the first attack but loose hands around the back eventually give Geoffrey Doumayrou to make something of a poor box kick.
  • The teams are out for the national anthems.
  • France have recorded the best goal kicking success rate in the Championship this year (91%) as well as the best tackle success rate (92%), while Wales have the second-best rate in each category (goal kicking – 90%, tackling – 91%).
  • Wales have won their last three matches against France at the Principality Stadium, restricting Les Bleus to no more than 10 points on each occasion; beforehand, they had lost five of their previous six against Brunel’s men in the Championship.
  • Replacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Rabah Slimani, Bernard Le Roux, Mathieu Babillot, Baptiste Couilloud, Lionel Beauxis, Geoffrey Palis.
  • France: XV Benjamin Fall, Gael Fickou, Mathieu Bastareaud (c), Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Adrien Pelissie, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Samson Lee, Bradley Davies, Aaron Shingler, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Steff Evans
  • Wales XV: Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau
  • Team news now and Mathieu Bastareaud captains France as one of three changes in place of the injured Guilhem Guirado. As for Wales, they make seven changes – with Dan Biggar the biggest name recalled to the starting line-up.
  • For France, a win would also cap off a mixed campaign on a high; having narrowly lost out to Ireland in the opening round, they failed to recapture the same spark until last week when they shocked England for their second win of the Championship. They have only won one of their last six encounters with the Dragons; last year in a legendary 100-minute encounter at the Stade de France.
  • It has been a campaign of mixed fortunes for Warren Gatland’s team; having hammered Scotland and Italy, they also suffered narrow, controversial losses to England and Ireland to leave a first title since 2013 out of reach once more. Their next win will be their 250th in Championship history however; a figure only ever exceeded by England, who sit on 258.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to live coverage of the final game of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations as Wales host France at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. With Ireland on their way to a Grand Slam at Twickenham and Scotland’s victory earlier today, can the Dragons make it a clean sweep for Celtic nations? Or will Jacques Brunel’s side slay them to end this year’s Championship?

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