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Six Nations | Stade France, France
14:45 (GMT) | 18-03-2017
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Thank you so much for joining us!
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Lopez slots over to seal the win
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Again a scrum France is moving forward and Antoine Dupont picks it up. France have an advantage and finally Damien Chouly goes over the try!!!
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Referee Barnes looking into foul play after spotting a bite mark. However there is now conclusive footage the game continue with a scrum in the five metre.
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France goes wide and have an advantage. ball is loose and Gael Fickou makes a break but is tackled. Ref Barnes having a stern work with the Wales. Samson Lee returns for Wales.
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Scrum is reset...Penalty to France and they take a quick tap and go. but is again halted
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France have a 5 metre scrum... France have a penalty as Wales shove to early. France opt again with a scrum...
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France have a 5 metre scrum... scrum is reset for the third time....big scrum by france and Noa Nakaitaci with a break but is tackled the ball is shifted wide and France have the advantage and Samson Lee is given a yellow card.
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France are now two metres short of the tryline and have a penalty advantage.
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Ball went direct out and France have a scrum on the Wales' 10 metre. France break through that 22, Biggar again with a rip but fails to grab it and France still have possession.
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Again the ball is halted after a knock-on, this time Wales the guilty party. Scrum is reset on the halfway mark. ball is shifted to the wide and Dulin makes a break he is tackled but France still have possession. However a great rip by Wales followed by a kick sends France back to their half.
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France have a scrum just inside the Wales' 10 metre. Scrum is reset....Antoine Dupont feeds the backline. And France are penalised for a knock-on.
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Halfpenny slots over an easy kick to extend the lead
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Wales now inside the France' 22, Wales creeping forward under an advantage as France are penalise for a high tackle.
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From the line-out Wales have a maul in the France's 22. The wales now opt to use the forwards as they try to protect the ball. After some phases Webb opt to feed the line and they break past that 22.
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Lopez slots it over to narrow the gap!
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From the restart France collects the abll and work their work towards the Wales' 5 metre. The France win a penalty and opt to kick to post.
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France penalise for tackling a man in the air and again Wales' fullback Halfpenny steps up and slots over the kick!
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Wales again have a line-out on their 10 metre. After some scrambling the wales secure the ball but not for long as France steal it. Yet again the ball is overturn and Wales make a break but a loose ball is collected by France inside their own 22
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Wales have a defensive line-out on their own 22. Wales retain the possession and Biggar slots it downfield towards Noa Nakaitaci. The wing gives a pass to Dulin and they start with a possible attack.
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France still on the back foot and Serin decides to slot it downfield for a line-out on the Wales' 22
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France's exit plan is to run the ball and after a close call manage to get to their own 22. France still have possession but cant seem to break past that halfway mark.
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France win the line-out and shifts it wide but its stolen by Wales on their 22. Wales opt to run it out of their own half and eventually kicks it out where France collects it behind their tryline.
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Wales' line-out on the halfway mark, but the Wales forwards fail to get the ball to the back is tackled to touch for a line-out.
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From the restart Noa Nakaitaci collects a perfect kick on the 22. The ball is shifted wide but France concede a penalty and Biggar slots it to touch.
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Wales' scrum on the halfway mark, but a solid scrum by Wales get them a penalty on the 50 metre. Halfpenny opt to kick to post and slots it over to give his side the lead!
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Wales working their way to that France's 22, but fails to break the defence and North puts it on the boot in the hands of Virimi Vakatawa who loses it forward on the 50 metre.
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France still have possession on their own 10 metre. Ball is really slowed down and LOpez slots it down field. Biggar returns the favour and France fail to hold onto possession. Webb sets up his troops just inside the France' 10 metre
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Biggar kick to touch and Wales have a line-out on the halfway mark. Stolen by France and they set up an attatck.
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France have a 5 metre attacking scrum. Serin feeds the scrum and France win a penalty the scrum collapse. France again opt for the scrum and concede a penalty. Wales have a chance to clear.
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game is restart with a line-out on the France's 22 metre. After some passes Serin opt with a box kick to get his side inside the Wales' half. Some kicks interchange by the two side before a line-out on the Wales' 22.
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ball still available for France but they lose territory and on their own 10 metre the ball is stolen by North.
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Wales retain possession and kick it out in the hands of Brice Dulin. The fullback kicks an up and under which he collects perfectly on the Wales' 10 metre.
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Camille Lopez gets the second half underway!

Half Time

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Wales collect the ball from the restart and slice through France's defence. However again France steal the ball at the breakdown and Serin slots it out to put an end to the first half.
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The referee returns fro the offside and Halfpenny steps up to slot over an easy 15 metre kick!
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Wales' scrum on the France's 10 metre. France with a huge shove but Wales retain possession and makes a break. Wales have a penalty advantage inside the France's 22.
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Francois Trinh-Duc slots it to touch and France have a line-out on the Wales' 5. The ball is shifted wide but Webb steals the ball inside his 5 metre. The ball is cleared and hoisted to France's half.
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Wales have the ball from the line-out and make some passes but a knock on ends up in a scrum for France inside the France's half.
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France have possession and Serin gives an amazing offload but good work by North gets his side a penalty on their own 22.
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Wales eager to end this first half on a high as they pass the ball down the line on the halfway mark. However its stolen by France and Gael Fickou makes a break to get his side in the Wales' 10
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Halfpenny steps up to kick to posts and slots it over from the halfway mark
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Scrum on the halfway mark. Webb picks up the ball and gives a long pass in the hands of France. After two breakdowns the ball is again overturned and Wales have possession on the halfway mark.
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France kick the ball inside the North's hands and the wind counterattack but again France steal it and in end Noa Nakaitaci is tackled to touch inside the Wales' 22
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Wales have a maul on their own 10 metre. They make metres and find themselves inside the France's 10. The ball is shifted wide but the 14 men France side overturn the possession.
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From the restart Wales secure the ball but has trouble protecting it however France are penalise and Biggar kick to touch.
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Wales opt to kick to posts, and Leigh Halfpenny steps and slot over the kick just outside the France's 22
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Wales win the line-out on the Fance's 10 metre and set up an attack. Webb feeds the line and Biggar gets tackled by Virimi Vakatawa. Biggar protest that it was a deliberate knock-on, but the referee ruled no penalty try but the wing is sent to the bin
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Misjudgement from the restart get France in all sorts of trouble as they are forced to clear on their own 5 metre line.
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Lopez again steps up and this time the flyhalf is on target!
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Scrum is reset due to pre-engagement. Webbs feeds the scrum but his frontrow collapse just outside their 22.
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From the line-out France shifts the ball to the inside but Gael Fickou's pass is knock-on and its a scrum in the middle of the park.
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France seci=ure the ball and shifts it wide. Somehow the French flair are just working today as they break into that Wales' 22. Wales manage to steal it and Biggar clears it with a kick.
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Wales secure the ball on France's 22 but not for long as it is stolen by France who hoist out of their half. However just as far as the Wales' scrumhalf Webb. Unfortunately for Wales he knocks it on on the France's 22
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From the restart Wales have an immediate chance to reply with a scrum inside the France's 22.
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Lopez adds the easy extras!!!
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France have an attacking line-out on the five, but a good steal by Wales give them time to clear to touch however just as far as the 22. France again in possession, Lopez gives a nice chip over the head and centre Remi Lamerat collects over to score for France.
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Again France is on the attack and Serin sets up his line as he feeds it to the blindside inside the Wales' 22. France win a penalty and opt to kick to touch.
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Camille Lopez steps up and misses the kick the score remains 0-0!
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France have a penalty advantage on the halfway mark. Wales' Sam Warburton offside and France opt to kick to posts.
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France slots it out and its a Wales' line-out on France's 10. France steal the line-out and set up an attack. The ball still available to France as they break into the Wales' half.
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Dan Biggar gets the game underway!!! Deep in the France's half!
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Fireworks welcoming the sides to the pitch. Passion and pride on the line as the sides line-up for their national anthems, respectively.
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The referee for this match is Wayne Barnes (England). The assistant referees are Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) and Matthew Carley (England) while the TMO is Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland).
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Two of the world's best wings, Virimi Vakatawa and George North, will go head to head and they will surely bring some excitement out wide. The flyhalves, Dan Biggar and Camille Lopez, will be key to their teams' chances this weekend, Justin Tipuric and Kevin Gourdon will both be wanting to make their presence felt at the breakdowns.
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For Wales, all 23 players who featured in the last Friday's victory over Ireland in Cardiff have retained their spots. The Wales hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap today.
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France have made one change for their final Six Nations match this season. Head coach Guy Noves has brought in Sebastien Vahaamahina back into the second row. His return sees Julien Le Devedec drop to the bench in place of Paul Jedrasiak, with loose forward Damien Chouly and hooker Camille Chat also handed spots among the replacements at the expense of South African-born Bernard Le Roux and the injured Christopher Tolofua respectively.
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Welcome to the Six Nations clash between the hosts France and Wales. With England already bagging the Six Nations title, both teams will only have the 2019 World Rugby draw in their minds.
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France
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Wales
START LINE UP
  • 1 Cyril Baille
  • 2 Guilhelm Guirado
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Sebastian Vahaamahina
  • 5 Yoann Maestri
  • 6 Fabien Sanconnie
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Baptiste Serin
  • 10 Camille Lopez
  • 11 Virimi Vakatawa
  • 12 Gael Fickou
  • 13 Remi Lamerat
  • 14 Noa Nakaitaci
  • 15 Brice Dulin
RESERVES
  • 16 Christopher Tolofua
  • 17 Uini Atonio
  • 18 Eddy Ben Arous
  • 19 Julien Le Devedec
  • 20 Damien Chouly
  • 21 Antoine Dupont
  • 22 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 23 Yoann Huget
START LINE UP
  • 1 Rob Evans
  • 2 Ken Owens
  • 3 Tomas Francis
  • 4 Jake Ball
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones
  • 6 Sam Warburton
  • 7 Justin Tipuric
  • 8 Ross Moriarty
  • 9 Rhys Webb
  • 10 Dan Biggar
  • 11 Liam Williams
  • 12 Scott Williams
  • 13 Jonathan Davies
  • 14 George North
  • 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RESERVES
  • 16 Scott Baldwin
  • 17 Nicky Smith
  • 18 Samson Lee
  • 19 Luke Charteris
  • 20 Taulupe Faletau
  • 21 Gareth Davies
  • 22 Sam Davies
  • 23 Jamie Roberts
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PREVIEW: France v Wales

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:07

SIX NATIONS ROUND FIVE: Wales will have the 2019 World Cup on their minds when they conclude their Six Nations campaign against France on Saturday.

Wales suffered at the last World Cup draw, one match too many outside the international window in November 2014 - a narrow loss to Australia - consigning them to a spot outside the world's top eight and a place in a pool which included hosts England and the Wallabies.

A tough group by anyone's standards when you add in Fiji as the fourth team. Eventually, Wales struck lucky and England didn't even make it out of the first-round stage.

Having gone from the threat of dropping out of the top eight again should they have lost last weekend to Ireland - they prevailed with an emphatic 22-9 victory - Wales now seemed poised to grab the world number four spot from France to better their chances of avoiding a tougher pool draw for Japan in 2019, which takes place in the Japanese city of Kyoto on May 10.

Victory for Wales in Paris - and an England victory over Ireland in Dublin - would lift the Welsh into fourth spot, a "large incentive", according to Rob Howley, in charge after Warren Gatland was seconded to the British and Irish Lions for their tour to New Zealand.

"We feel in good shape like we did for the Ireland game and we are looking for a similar result," said Howley.

"We have talked about the opportunity to go fourth in the world, and we are relying on other results to go second in the championship. We are aware of that.

"We have the opportunity to go into the next World Cup ranked fourth in the world. That is a large incentive for players and the coaches."

Wales, with skipper Alun Wyn Jones set to become the first Welshman to start 100 Tests for his country, have won their last five encounters against France - their last loss to Les Bleus came in the contentious 2011 World Cup semifinal defeat when then-captain Sam Warburton was red-carded after 20 minutes.

France, however, currently sit one place ahead of Wales on points difference, in third, having lost to England (16-19) and Ireland (9-19), sandwiched around a victory over Scotland (22-16) before their 40-18 romp over the Italians last weekend.

Wales have also racked up two wins, over Italy (33-7) and Ireland, and two defeats, by England (16-21) and Scotland (13-29).

France coach Guy Noves has made just one change to his starting XV, bringing in lock Sebastien Vahaamahina amid massive disruption on the Top 14 front.

The French rugby world has been turned upside down by this week's announcement of a merger between Parisian arch-rivals Racing 92 and Stade Francais.

With six players from both clubs in the France set-up and four on the teamsheet for Saturday, it has hardly been an ideal build-up, with the LNR, the body governing professional rugby in France, meeting Friday for an all-party parley.

When asked what effect the bombshell news had had on France squad players, Noves replied that he didn't want to "reply to this question".

"I've obviously spoken to my coaching staff about it because we talk about everything that's going on, but honestly, I don't want to add pollution to this game [against Wales]," the former long-time Toulouse coach said.

Like Howley, who named an unchanged team from the Ireland victory, Noves has plumped for consistency.

"We cannot ask to work consistently and end up chopping and changing at any moment," said Noves of his settled team.

"It's not a reward to finish the Six Nations with the same team but a duty.

"The players who have given their best in recent weeks, not talking of those injured and returning players, very much deserve to represent France."

Players to watch:

For France: Wings Virimi Vakatawa and Noa Nakaitaci are a threat out wide, while Brice Dulin makes good decisions at the back. Lock Yoann Maestri is key in the physical exchanges, while No.8 Louis Picamoles is a workhorse around the park.

For Wales: Lock and captain Alun Wyn Jones has been one of the best players in this year's tournament, while loose forward Justin Tipuric has been fantastic at the breakdown in recent matches. Scrumhalf Rhys Webb provides his backline with quick service and George North will surely cause some problems for the French if he gets enough space.

Head to head: Two of the world's best wings, Virimi Vakatawa and George North, will go head to head and they will surely bring some excitement out wide. The flyhalves, Dan Biggar and Camille Lopez, will be key to their teams' chances this weekend, Justin Tipuric and Kevin Gourdon will both be wanting to make their presence felt at the breakdowns.

Recent results:
2016: Wales won 19-10, Cardiff
2015: Wales won 20-13, Paris
2014: Wales won 27-6, Cardiff
2013: Wales won 16-6, Paris
2012: Wales won 16-9, Cardiff
2011: France won 9-8, Auckland (World Cup Pool match)
2011: France won 28-9, Paris
2010: France won 26-20, Cardiff
2009: France won 21-16, Paris
2008: Wales won 29-12, Cardiff

Prediction: Wales looked to have turned the corner with their performance against the Irish. Wales should win by at least 10 points. 

Teams:

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 15.45 (14.45 GMT)
Expected weather: It will be partly cloudy with a high 13 and a low of 10 with a slight breeze.
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Agence France-Presse & @rugby365com

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France win remarkable match in Paris

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:43

SIX NATIONS REPORT: Camille Lopez converted a Damien Chouly try after 20 minutes of over time to seal a nail-biting 20-18 victory for France over Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

But France, whose gameplan thrived around their monster pack, pressed and had a series of scrums on the Welsh line, Chouly eventually bundled over from close range and namesake Lopez earning the hard-fought win to buck a five-match losing streak to Wales.

It was a remarkable finish to a stop-start game in which both sides suffered from poor execution and a host of inopportune turnovers.

Welsh prop Samson Lee even had time to serve out his 10 minutes in the sin bin and return to the pitch as English referee Wayne Barnes struggled to keep count of front-row comings and goings. 

That included what looked like to be a dubious replacement of Uini Atonio with first-choice tighthead Rabah Slimani after 84 minutes.

"It was an interesting decision that their tighthead went off," Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones told BBC. 

"There will have to be someone looking at that. The technical officials will have to review that.

"But it's irrelevant what happened at the end there. Two wins from five matches is not good enough. We felt we deserved more today and felt we did enough in the 80 minutes to win the game."

Wales withstood a full-frontal French assault in the opening 20 minutes in which centre Remi Lamerat scored the only try of the first half.

Lopez missed an early penalty and spurned a second attempt to go for touch deep in the Welsh 22m line after a clean break from unheralded La Rochelle flanker Kevin Gourdon, one of the finds of the championship.

They lost the line-out but from the resulting clearance, Lopez was on hand with a clever dink over the rushing defence, Lamerat gathering for the opening try.

Lopez converted, and with the Wales pack creaking at the set piece, No.8 Louis Picamoles and Gourdon ensured the pressure was all on the visitors, George North producing a try-saving tackle as Fijian-born wing Virimi Vakatawa was sent clear.

Lopez extended France's lead with a penalty before Vakatawa was shown a yellow card for knocking down a Dan Biggar pass to North with the line abegging. Halfpenny got Wales on the scoreboard with the resulting penalty and booted a second just before Vakatawa made his return to the pitch.

Against all odds, a third Halfpenny penalty pulled Wales to a one-point difference at half-time.

Rhys Webb was lucky not to get carded for taking out France skipper Guilhem Guirado off the ball early in the second period as the home side ratcheted up the pressure.

Another collapsed Welsh scrum resulted in a penalty and France opted for a second bite rather than going for the posts, but this time Barnes favoured Wales and another opportunity for the home side went begging.

To make matters worse for the French, Halfpenny booted his fourth penalty, from 55 metres, to give Wales the lead for the first time of the game.

Brice Dulin showed why he has usurped South African-born Scott Spedding at fullback for France by producing a couple of jinking runs that set the whistle-happy sell-out crowd alight.

But referee Barnes soon brought the partisan spectators back to reality with another harsh penalty call, Halfpenny kicking his fifth and sixth penalties either side of a second by Lopez.

Then came the French firestorm of a finish, the capacity crowd on their feet for 20 minutes of extra time.

Chouly pummelled over to draw the scores level and Lopez kept his nerve for the winning conversion to ensure France's first victory over Wales since knocking them out of the 2011 World Cup semifinal in New Zealand.

Man of the match: It was a bizarre match, so we have decided to give it to the whole French pack who kept their side in the game well beyond the 80-minute mark.   

Moment of the match: Damien Chouly's try which sealed the win.

Villain of the match: Referee Wayne Barnes for not getting a grip on the game in the final minutes.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Lamerat, Chouly
Cons: Lopez 2
Pens: Lopez 2

For Wales:
Pens: Halfpenny 6

Yellow card: Virimi Vakatawa (France, 18 - cynical play, deliberate knock down); Samson Lee (Wales, 83 - repeated infringements), Dan Biggar (Wales, 100 - repeated infringements)

Teams:

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

AFP & @rugby365com

Remi Lamerat (6min) and Damien Chouly (98min)
TRIES
Camille Lopez (8min) and Camille Lopez (100min)
CONVERSIONS
Camille Lopez (16min) and Camille Lopez (66min)
PENALTIES
Leigh Halfpenny (19min), Leigh Halfpenny (27min), Leigh Halfpenny (38min), Leigh Halfpenny (52min), Leigh Halfpenny (63min), and Leigh Halfpenny (72min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Virimi Vakatawa (18min)
Samson Lee (80min)
 
 
VENUE Stade France, France
REFEREE Wayne Barnes