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  1. France beat Wales to hand England title

    France beat Wales to hand England title

    France bounced back from their defeat to Italy to beat Wales 28-9 at Stade Francais and snatch second place in the Six Nations. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • France
    • Wales
    • FT Wales have the penality but it is in their own half and Stephen Jones checks the time before thumping the ball into touch to put an end of this year's Six Nations
    • 80 +1 You would never know France had lost last week as La Marseillaise rings out around Stade Francais as the clock ticks over past the 80 minute mark, the hosts being penalised at the last for collapse scrum
    • 78' A chip and chase by Stephen Jones although it is easily read by France and Medard tries the same tactic down the left wing, but the ball dribbles into touch
    • 76' Wales get the penalty as Bradley Davies is taken out in the air and that's their chance to clear fully and maybe even begin a move of their own as the clock shows less than five minutes remaining
    • 75' Vincent Clerc makes a fantastic effort to stretch out for the try but he is not only a little short but also is pulled into touch as he skids along the floor and it will be a defensive line-out to Wales
    • 75' Nallet yet again is at the centre of everything as France push for the line, the hosts recycling the ball out towards the right wing ...
    • 73' Nallet takes a high ball before finding Trinh-Duc. France look pretty confortable in posession just now with and when they get another penalty, kick for the line-out where they will push for the line
    • 69' Halfpenney finds Roberts, Hibbard, Jonathan Davies, Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenney but France stand firm. Alun Wyn Jones, Hibbard ... the ball is lost but it will be a Wales penalty after Marty is penalised for coming in from the side
    • 66' Brilliant break from George North as he makes a good 30m before eventually being brought down by Dusautoir. North has the presence of mind for a beautiful offload on the floor but the move eventually gets intercepted when Thomas finds himself surrounded by blue shirts and can only pass to one of them!
    • 63' Thomas Domingo is penalised for not releasing in the tackle and Wales take the quick tap to maintain their pressure. But eventually Paul James is penalised for not releasing and France escape without conceding any points
    • 63' Roberts crahsed through the French line before finding Jonathan Davies on his right. Davies is brought down but rolling on, gets to within a metre of the tryline. Wales are looking for quick ball but it's not there ...
    • 61' CONVERSION! FRANCE 28-9! Parra adds another two points to his tally, from pretty much right in front of the posts and this game is won for France now. It just depends on whether Wales came show some spirit to keep the score down
    • 60' TRY! FRANCE 26-9! A very neat little chip through by Trinh-Duc sends Clerc scampering off after the ball. It bounces perfectly for the French winger and he is not going to fail from there. Clerc has France's third try of the evening
    • 57' France thump the ball upfield through Parra but they will come back as the touch judge has seen something. And James Hook is sent to the sin-bin for picking up Medard, bringing him horizontal and simply dropping him
    • 56' Lee Byrne makes up good ground the edge of the Wales 22, handing off one before being brought down by Medard. But the ball is turned over when Phillips loses the ball forward
    • 55' Traille has absolutely loads of time on his hands as he takes a pass to attempt a drop goal. It's a horrible pass so he needed the time but still it didn't make too much difference as he fires wide and Wales escape
    • 53' PENALTY! FRANCE 21-9! Another sweet strike from Parra as he lands the kick that puts France into second place in the final standings, they need to beat Wales by 10 points to secure that.
    • 52' Damien Traille is down injured and receiving some treatment as Bradley Davies is penalised from playing the ball off his feet
    • 51' A bit of inexperience from George North as he decides to try and run the ball from his own 22 and gets caught. Wales do clear although it is very close to being charged down and France take the quick throw in before Harinordoquy breaks down the left wing after an off-load from Palisson
    • 49' PENALTY! 18-9 WALES! A great kick from Hook to drill the ball in between the posts from a fair way out, nearly on the half-way line and Wales manage to reduce the deficit
    • 48' Nallet suffers a rush of blood to the head and is penalised for it as he is rightly caught joining the ruck from the side and it'll be another penalty to Hook ...
    • 46' CONVERSION! FRANCE 18-6! This time it's an easy conversion for Parra, who fires the ball inbetween the posts comfortable and after a bright start from Wales, they find themselves having conceded another seven points
    • 45' TRY! FRANCE 16-6! Ouch! Hook's clearance kick from the re-start is charged down by Julien Pierre, who then finds his second row partner Nallet and sends him crashing over for his second of the night. Fantastic from the big Frenchman
    • 43' PENALTY! 11-6 WALES! The kick is true from Hook as Wales cut the deficit to just five points after a bright start once again
    • 42' France quickly concede a penalty as Julien Bonnaire is told he should have rolled away from his latest tackle and Hook will have an early chance to claw back some of the points
    • 41' France get the second half underway through the boot of Morgan Parra ...
    • HT So with just 40 minutes of the Six Nations left to play, England have one hand on the trophy as it will take something spectacular now for Wales to win by the required 27 points in this second half
    • 40 +1 France break again, this time through Bonnaire but they are called up for crossing and then marched back 10m for throwing the ball away. It doesn't matter too much though as Hook promptly boots the ball out to end the first half
    • 39' Again Parra misses with his kick at goal, pulling it wide across the front of the posts this time, and France will have to be happy with just the five points
    • 38' TRY! FRANCE 11-3! Yes, he did ground the ball. The decision goes to the TMO as by the time the referee catches up with the action Nallet has been turned. But the TV replay clearly shows Nallet grounding the ball before being turned. France have the first try
    • 38' Nallet picks up a loose ball after a tackle on Lee Byrne and races off towards the try-line. He is such a powerful man that despite having to step inside Hook and having Dan Lydiate hanging off him, the Frenchman forces his way over the line. Or does he?
    • 36' France and Parra opt to kick for another three points rather than going for the try and the ball looks to be good under right at the last minute when it curls away from the posts. Wales are lucky to escape there
    • 35' France push for the tryline after Wales are penalised in the scrum. The hosts kicked down field originally before a rolling maul off the back of the lineout saw them make up about 15m. And eventually Wales a blown up for collapsing the maul. What will France do now?
    • 31' Halfpenney breaks down the right wing and he is pretty much away unchallenged, for what would have been an easy run in, but Trinh-Duc does brilliantly well to ankle tap him and bring the Welsh winger down
    • 29' Medard breaks down the left wing, before the ball is recycled across the field through Harinordoquy. Wales turnover the ball though and work their way back upfield, only as far as the French 22 before James Hook loses the ball in the tackle and it ends up dribbling out into touch
    • 28' Wales just start to make inroads into French territory but they are penalised for a dangerous tackle on Palisson, who to be fair is already quite little and also slipped. And France clear before play stalls somewhere on the half-way line
    • 26' PENALTY! FRANCE 6-3! It's pretty much even at the moment, despite Parra adding another three points to France's tally after hands in the ruck from Wales. It's scrappy and error-strewn from both teams in the first 30 minutes of this match
    • 24' Wales look to run the ball out of their own half but a shocking goes astray from Jonathan Thomas and the ball dribbles into touch before Wales are penalised again at the restart
    • 21' A Wales just about survive when France, more specifically Harinordoquy, are penalised for going off their feet at the tackle. Wales get the chance to clear but only make it as far as the half-way line
    • 21' Servat finds Parra finds Clerc who races off down the right wing. Parra to Nallet, Harinordoquy, Traille, Marty, Dusautoir. Paul James brings the French skipper down ...
    • 19' Traille looks to break through the Wales defence but is well held on the left wing. Marty, Parra, Trinh-Duc kicks upfield but Byrne comfortable collects before putting up a shocking kick of his own, that goes pretty much nowhere
    • 16' Sam Warburton has been forced to go off with an knee injury sustained in the 10th minute and he has been replaced by Jonathan Thomas for Wales
    • 16' Wales continue to push the French defence and work their way up to 10m away from the French tryline but this time France get a penalty when Wales come in from the side of the ruck. The hosts clear
    • 12' But this time Hook pulls the ball ever so slightly wide although the height and distance were perfect. It was a tough kick in fairness to Hook, out on the right wing
    • 12' France are penalised for the breakdown of the scrum and Wales tap and go quickly. The move breaks down when France are again penalised for being off-side and Hook will have another chance ...
    • 9' Harinordoquy chases upfield after Parra thumps the ball from the back of a ruck. But nothing comes of it and Wales never really look in danger of conceding any more points.
    • 8' PENALTY! FRANCE 3-3! And Morgan Parra has little trouble in putting his side level much to the delight of the home crowd. France could feel they might've come away from that attack with more than just the three points though
    • 6' France are just milimetres away from the line as they push for the try from the back of a ruck that resulted from the line-out. Wales are throwing all they have into their defence just now. But Paul James is penalised for not rolling away from the tackle ...
    • 4' Damien Traille heaves Hook into touch on the right wing after the Welsh fly-half looks to get his side out of a spot of bother ...
    • 3' PENALTY! 3-0 WALES! A beautiful strike from James Hook as he sends the bal spinning right through the centre of the posts from the right hand side of the pitch. The tourists are off to bright and breezy start
    • 2' Wales have a very early penalty as France are penalised for being offside at the ruck. Wales don't get much opportunity to play advantage despite only being 10 metres away from the try-line. But they are called back by ref Joubert
    • 1' The national athems are over and done with and there has been a minutes silence as well to remember the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and now it is James Hook to get the clash underway ...
    • - The match official will be Craig Joubert of South Africa, with Jonathan Kaplan (also of South Africa) and Simon McDowell (of Ireland) running the lines. The television match official is Graham Hughes of England
    • - The big news for fans of Welsh rugby is that there is no Shane Williams and he is instead replaced by incredibly exciting, but young, George North
    • - Meanwhile Wales line-up as follows, today: 15-Lee Byrne, 14-Leigh Halfpenny, 13-Jamie Roberts, 12-Jonathan Davies, 11-George North, 10-James Hook, 9-Mike Phillips; 1-Paul James, 2-Matthew Rees (captain), 3-Adam Jones, 4-Bradley Davies, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Dan Lydiate, 7-Sam Warburton, 8-Ryan Jones. Replacements: 16-Richard Hibbard, 17-John Yapp, 18-Jonathan Thomas, 19-Rob McCusker, 20-Dwayne Peel, 21-Steven Jones, 22-Morgan Stoddart.
    • - France have made five changes and look like this: 15-Maxime Medard, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-David Marty, 12-Damien Traille, 11-Alexis Palisson, 10-Francois Trinh-Duc, 9-Morgan Parra; 1-Thomas Domingo, 2-William Servat, 3-Nicolas Mas, 4-Julien Pierre, 5-Lionel Nallet, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 7-Julien Bonnaire, 8-Imanol Harinordoquy. Replacements: 16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Luc Ducalcon, 18-Pascal Pape, 19-Alexandre Lapandry, 20-Julien Tomas, 21-Fabrice Estebanez, 22-Yoann Huget
    • - France have won five of the last six meetings between these sides and are biding for an eighth successive home win in the Six Nations
    • - That said, it's still a big ask for Wales to beat France in Paris by the required 27 points if they are to lift the Six Nations trophy at the end of this match
    • - The French team was almost plunged into crisis last week with their loss to Italy in Rome with coach Marc Lievremont accusing his players of being "cursed with cowardice" and with betraying the national team jersey
    • - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the final Six Nations clash of the year. It was to be a dead rubber between these two teams but this match could still decide the championship. It's France against Wales coming to you from Stade Francais
  • Summary

    France versus Wales
    Nallet 38’, 44’, Clerc 59’ Tries  
    Parra 45’, 60’ Conversions  
    Parra 8’, 26’, 53’ Penalties Hook 3’, 43’, 49’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • France

    Manager: Marc Lievremont

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Papé Substitution In (67′)
    • Tomas Substitution In (74′)
    • Huget Substitution In (76′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (71′)
    • Ducalcon Substitution In (67′)
    • Estebanez Substitution In (70′)
    • Lapandry Substitution In (73′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Peel Substitution In (68′)
    • Jones Substitution In (67′)
    • Thomas Substitution In (16′) Substitution Out (72′)
    • Yapp Substitution In (53′)
    • Stoddart
    • Hibbard Substitution In (68′)
    • McCusker Substitution In (72′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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