LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Six Nations

Thumb_wales-ed Wales

27

Thumb_france-ed France

6
Kick-off local time : Fri, 21 February 2014 - 20h00
Kick-off : Fri, 21 February 2014 - 22h00
Venue : Cardiff
Referee : Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Match status : Result
  Wales France
Tries Sam Warburton (63min)
Penalties Leigh Halfpenny (2min), Leigh Halfpenny (9min), Leigh Halfpenny (20min), Leigh Halfpenny (34min), and Leigh Halfpenny (39min)
Conversions Leigh Halfpenny (64min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Gethin Jenkins (51min) Nicolas Mas (51min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

The hooter for FULL-TIME goes and Wales take the game 27-6 - the Welsh answered the call to bounce back and we again saw the worst of the French. They lacked discipline and desire. Join us tomorrow for more Super Rugby and Six Nations LIVE COVERAGE!

79

Still the French run and still Wales tackle

78

French still being frustrated by the Welsh defence - the game is crawling to its conclusion - a deserved and comprehensive Welsh win

76

The French just can't buy a try in this match - now they concede a turnover inside the Welsh 22

73

France just can't find a way through the Welsh defence - the home team content to sit back and tackle anything in blue

71

Another messy scrum, another reset

70

French keep turning the ball over and gifting the Welsh possession - Wales simply wanted this more

67

Scrums remain a mess - another reset - then it becomes a penalty

66

Wales defence wins another turnover deep inside their 22 as the French look for a way back into the game

64

Leigh Halfpenny adds the CONVERSION as Wales lead 27-6

63

TRY - Sam Warburton gets the try that seals the match after Jamie Roberts bust through ion a great run

61

YELLOW CARD - Louis Picamoles will spend 10 mins in the bin for a breakdown offence

59

Leigh Halfpenny, from near halfway, pushes a kick wide

58

Wales working hard on defence and Warburton wins his team a valuable penalty

56

Scrum penalty to Wales - this is rediculous, two guys in the bin and nothing has changed

53

The penalty kick is not into touch and France running at Wales - there is a foot into touch inside the Welsh 22 ... lucky escape for the home team

51

YELLOW CARDS - Nicolas Mas and Gethin Jenkins in the bin as the referee loses patience with the scrums

50

French butcher a try througb a knock-on 5m out, after Bastareaud made good ground

49

France now win a penalty at the tackle just inside their own half

48

Jules Plisson hooks it past the left upright

47

Scrum penalty to France

46

Scrums still a mess - another reset

45

Bastareaud is held up in the tackle and Wales win a turnover just inside their own half

43

Strong French tackle wins the visitors a penalty - big hit by Szarzeski on Roberts

41

Second half underway and France quickly pushed into touch - then they concede a penalty

40

The whistle for HALF-TIME goes and the home team takes a commanding 20-6 lead into the break at the end of a half they completely dominated. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Leigh Halfpenny slots the a PENALTY and Wales lead 20-6

38

Wales scrum now also getting a clear edge and the French concede a penalty

36

Wales still winning the out-of-hand kicking contest - French just not getting enough distance to relieve the pressure

34

Leigh Halfpenny slots the PENALTY and Wales lead 17-6

33

Tackle penalty to Wales - this game has slowed down to a boring crawl

31

Jules Plisson takes over the kicking duties from Doussain and slots the PENALTY - 6-14

30

Scrum penalty to France

29

Halfpenny miss-times a kick and it is directly into touch - the French finally have an attacking line-out, but the throw is not straight

27

Plisson eventuallt gets a kick downfield to relieve some pressure

26

France really struggling to get out of their 22 and Dulin's clearance is hardly outside the 22

25

The French handling is letting them down - too many turnovers gifting the Welsh opportunities

23

Jean-Marc Doussain pushes the shot wide to the right

22

France running hard at Wales again and win a penalty just outside the Welsh 22

20

Leigh Halfpenny, from about 35m out, slots the PENALTY - 14-3

19

Now a scrum penalty to Wales - not a single scrum has been completed yet

17

Jean-Marc Doussain kicks the PENALTY and it is 3-11

16

Penalty to France as the scrums wheels very rapidly

15

Free kick to France and they opt for another scrum

14

Scrum reset - ref chatting to the front rows

13

Yoann Huget goes over, but France are called back for a knock-on. Great sportsmanship, Pascal Pape owns up after the ref had already awarded the try

11

France showing some urgenc7y, running hard at the Welsh now - up to the 22

9

Leigh Halfpenny, from 45m out, slots the PENALTY - 11-0

8

France penalised for going offside just inside their own half

7

Leigh Halfpenny, hooks the conversion attempt past the left upright - 8-0

6

TRY - George North gets the first five-pointer, as France fail to deal with a grubber and North pounces

4

Plenty of early kicking - Wales win this battle

2

Leigh Halfpenny, from 45m out, slots the PENALTY and Wales lead 3-0

0

Priestland gets us underway early penalty to Wales just inside the French half

-1

Pre-match formalities done

-3

Time for the anthems

-5

Teams are coming out for the final pre-match formalisties

-10

The pre-match lazer show is entertaining, but let's get it over with so the real show can begin

-15

LATE CHANGE: Wales second row Alun Wyn Jones has been ruled out with a foot infection. Scarlets' Jake Ball comes into the starting XV and his place amongst the replacements is taken by Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons).

-20

How badly will the Millennium Stadium pitch cut up? It has been in shocking condition for some time now ...

-25

France have made just one change to the side that beat Italy in their last outing with Wenceslas Lauret replacing Bernard le Roux on the flank. Wales have made a few changes with lock Luke Charteris back in the team after an injury lay-off, George North shifting to outside centre to replace the injured Scott Williams and Rhys Webb replacing Mike Phillips at scrumhalf.

-30

Welcome to live coverage of the Six Nations clash between Wales and France from the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. The home team will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Ireland in Dublin, whilst France will be hoping to add to their victories over England and Italy.
Wales
Players
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 Alex Cuthbert
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Jamie Roberts
11 Liam Williams
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb
8 Toby Faletau
7 Sam Warburton
6 Dan Lydiate
5 Alun Wyn Jones
4 Jake Ball
3 Samson Lee
2 Scott Baldwin
1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes
23 Scott Williams
22 Rhys Priestland
21 Mike Phillips
20 James King
19 Luke Charteris
18 Rhodri Jones
17 Aaron Jarvis
16 Emyr Phillips
France
Players
15 Scott Spedding
14 Yoann Huget
13 Maxime Mermoz
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Maxime Medard
10 Camille Lopez
9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde
8 Damien Chouly
7 Bernard le Roux
6 Thierry Dusautoir
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
4 Pascal Pape
3 Nicolas Mas
2 Benjamin Kayser
1 Xavier Chiocci

Substitutes
26 Benjamin Fall
25 Mathieu Bastareaud
24 Remi Tales
23 Rory Kockott
22 Charles Ollivon
21 Yannick Nyanga
20 Yoann Maestri
19 Alexandre Flanquart
18 Uini Atonio
17 Alexandre Menini
16 Guilhem Guirado