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  1. Warburton off as France edge out Wales

    Warburton off as France edge out Wales

    France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 to reach the World Cup final in a controversial match at Eden Park in Auckland that saw Sam Warburton sent-off. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • France
    • - France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 to reach the World Cup final in a controversial match at Eden Park in Auckland that saw Sam Warbuton sent-off in the first-half.
    • 80' 27 phases before the ball is lost and France reach the World Cup final!
    • 79' 17 phases and gaining ground towards the French 22.
    • 79' Wales have the ball in the French half and are through nine phases…can they set up the drop goal.
    • 78' France lineout near the halfway line and Nallet with his sixth take. France can eat up vital seconds.
    • 77' Fulgence Ouedraogo on for Julien Bonnaire.
    • 76' Halfpenny's kick from halfway falls agonisingly short.
    • 75' France concede a penalty. Nicolas Mas called for joining the ruck incorrectly…..it is one metre inside the French half and Leigh Halfpenny will go for the posts.
    • 74' Jenkins flings the ball wide to North and Wales are inside the French half, trying to set up that Jones drop goal.
    • 73' Phillips kicks high and long but Medard is there with the mark.
    • 72' And Faletau is penalised for leaving his feet after losing the ball and a great chance to take the lead is spurned.
    • 71' Wales win the ball from their lineout put-in and go through a few phases…eschewing the Jones drop goal.
    • 70' The French lineout has been immaculate, this time Lionel Nallet with the take but Yachvili’s kick only reaches the 22.
    • 69' A great reverse kick from Stephen Jones pins France deep inside their 22.
    • 68' Jonathan Davies almost catches Maxime Medard napping but a neat sidestep from the French full-back and he clears to halfway.
    • 67' Rougerie puts in a great touch finder but then Wales force a turnover at halfway.
    • 66' North on the charge but he knocks it on - France put in near halfway.
    • 65' France disrupt another lineout and they clear to halfway.
    • 64' Wales have the put in on France's 22, they win clean ball but Ryan Jones is driven into touch.
    • 63' Julien Pierre on for Pape.
    • 62' Bradley Davies on for Alun Wyn Jones.
    • 61' Drop goal attempt from Jones but he is never really set and the attempt hardly leaves the ground.
    • 60' Faletau has been immense and he breaks into the French 22 as we hit the last quarter.
    • 59' Jones’ kick for the lead…..but it hits the upright!
    • 58' Wales 8-9 France – Wales Try! Unbelievable as Mike Phillips scores the opening try of the match. A piece of individual brilliance from the scrum-half as he picks the gap, fends off Pascal Pape and goes over the whitewash.
    • 57' Jones’ huge kick forces France back and Medard’s return kick only reaches halfway.
    • 56' Maxime Mermoz with the attempted grubber kick but it runs into touch although not a bad option with Wales struggling at the lineout.
    • 55' Danny Lydiate is in the blood bin so Ryan Jones is on.
    • 54' Jones kicks high and Palisson collects the ball with ease - much of the play is exchanging kicks.
    • 53' Sam Warburton's red card is the 16th in RWC history and the first for a Welshman since their 1987 semi-final defeat to NZ.
    • 52' A rare chance for Wales to spread the ball out wide after North takes the high ball cleanly and Maxime Medard’s clearance kick is weak.
    • 51' Only two of Wales' 12 Rugby World Cup defeats have been against northern hemisphere opposition (IRE 1995 and ENG 2003).
    • 50' Wales 3-9 France – Parra with the successful kick from near the right touchline and France lead by six.
    • 49' Paul James has been under huge pressure since coming on and he collapses the maul to concede a penalty that will give Parra a chance to extend the lead.
    • 48' Lionel Nallet disrupts the Welsh lineout but Faletau is making a nuisance of himself again and forces Yachvili to knock on.
    • 47' Stephen Jones replaces Hook – big call from Warren Gatland.
    • 46' Parra exploits some holes and releases Clerc inside the French 22 but a huge turnover forced by Faletau.
    • 45' Changes for France in the front row with Dimitri Szarzewski and Fabien Barcella replacing William Servat and Jean-Baptiste Poux.
    • 44' Since losing to England in the 2007 RWC semi-final, France have only once thrown away a half-time lead, v Italy this year.
    • 43' But the attempted drop goal from Parra is wide of the left post.
    • 42' France immediately on the front foot and through six phases inside the Welsh 22.
    • 41' Here we go for the second-half.
    • 40' Half-time. France lead and Wales down to 14 men – only one talking point at the interval.
    • 39' Hook tries to spin the ball to North but it's a knock on and France have the scrum near halfway.
    • 38' Wales through eight phases before Hook makes a mess of his attempt at a drop goal.
    • 37' Faletau with the break off the back of the scrum and inside the French 22. Wales are trying to build a solid platform about 20 metres out
    • 36' Maxime Medard fails to take the high kick cleanly and Wales will have the put in at the scrum inside the French half.
    • 35' France are in a fifth successive RWC semi-final, equalling the record set by New Zealand from 1987 to 2003 and ended by France in 2007.
    • 34' Wales 3-6 France – Parra’s kick is through the middle of the posts and France lead.
    • 33' Danny Lydiate makes the tackle but then leaves his feet and Parra has an opportunity to put France into the lead.
    • 32' Wales have only failed to score a try in one of their last 19 international fixtures, in their 2011 defeat to France.
    • 31' Hook’s cross kick is aimed at Shane Williams but Alexis Palisson gets there first and France have the opportunity to clear from their 22.
    • 30' Hook’s kick skews wide of the right post from about 40 metres out.
    • 29' Too many French bodies not rolling away and Wales win a penalty inside the opposition half. Can Hook restore their lead?
    • 28' Medard tries the drop goal from about 40 metres out but fails miserably and Wales can clear into the French half.
    • 27' The Welsh scrum under huge pressure inside their own 22.
    • 26' At 19 years and 165 days, George North is the youngest player to play in a RWC semi-final, breaking Dai Davies' record set in 1987.
    • 25' Harinordoquy close to the try line and then Bonnaire nearly gets over before a hit from North forces the knock-on.
    • 24' Hook’s kick is charged down and France are piling on the pressure.
    • 23' A break from Yachvili with inevitable holes in the Welsh defence and they are inside the 22.
    • 22' Wales 3-3 France – He slots the kick despite the boos from the crowd and France are on level terms.
    • 21' Wales penalised for collapsing the scrum and Morgan Parra has a chance to level.
    • 20' So Wales must play for over an hour with 14 men….Jamie Roberts is in the scrum as a makeshift flanker.
    • 19' Massive decision and hugely controversial too.
    • 18' Sam Warburton with the big hit on Vincent Clerc and a red card for the Welsh skipper as he is deemed to have dumped the French winger on his head.
    • 17' A great break from Jamie Roberts but his offload pass inside hits Jonathan Davies in the head.
    • 16' Wales have had 70% of the territory in the opening 15 minutes.
    • 15' Adam Jones has a calf injury.
    • 14' Lionel Nallet wins the lineout cleanly and Yachvili kicks to halfway.
    • 13' North on the charge and up to the French 22. He gets the ball again but his foot slips into touch.
    • 12' But his effort drifts wide of the right post….he slipped as he made contact with the kick.
    • 11' France penalised again as the front row collapses and Hook will have a chance to extend the lead.
    • 10' Wales force the turnover at halfway as Paul James comes on for the injured Adam Jones in the front row.
    • 9' The Welsh have won just one of their last seven meetings with France, a 29-12 victory in the 2008 Six Nations
    • 8' Wales 3-0 France – Hook curls the kick in beautifully from the touchline and Wales open the scoring.
    • 7' Hook with the cross kick to George North and Thierry Dusautoir is offside at the ruck. Hook will have a chance to kick at the posts.
    • 6' These two sides have met 88 times over the years but never in a Rugby World Cup fixture before tonight.
    • 5' Jean-Baptiste Poux knocks on and James Hook clears his lines.
    • 4' A break from William Servat to halfway, a tempting kick from Yachvili puts Leigh Halfpenny under pressure and French put in at the scrum inside the Welsh 22.
    • 3' Wales not driving in straight in the front row and the first penalty to France.
    • 2' A dodgy kick from Dimitri Yachvili, Luke Charteris takes the lineout which drives but Toby Faletau knocks on. However Wales inside the France 22.
    • 1' We are off!
    • 08:57 Time for the anthems.
    • 08:55 France: 15-Maxime Medard, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Aurelien Rougerie, 12-Maxime Mermoz, 11-Alexis Palisson, 10-Morgan Parra, 9-Dimitri Yachvili, 8-Imanol Harinordoquy, 7-Julien Bonnaire, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5-Lionel Nallet, 4-Pascal Pape, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-William Servat, 1-Jean-Baptiste Poux /// Replacements: 16-Dimitri Szarzewski, 17-Fabien Barcella, 18-Julien Pierre, 19-Louis Picamoles, 20-Francois Trinh-Duc, 21-David Marty, 22-Cedric Heymans
    • 08:50 Wales: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-Shane Williams, 10-James Hook, 9-Mike Phillips, 8-Toby Faletau, 7-Sam Warburton (captain), 6-Danny Lydiate, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Luke Charteris, 3-Adam Jones, 2-Huw Bennett, 1-Gethin Jenkins. /// Replacements: 16-Lloyd Burns, 17-Paul James, 18-Bradley Davies, 19-Ryan Jones, 20-Lloyd Williams, 21-Stephen Jones, 22-Scott Williams.
    • 08:45 Today's referee is Alain Rolland. More on the Irish official
    • 08:40 We have a full house at Eden Park. Venue Guide
    • 08:35 The Welsh have never got further than the semi-finals while the French have twice been losing finalists. They lost to New Zealand at Eden Park in the 1987 final.
    • 08:30 Wales and France fight for a place in the World Cup final as they meet at Eden Park in the first of the weekend's semi-finals.
  • Summary

    Wales versus France
    Phillips 59’ Tries  
      Conversions  
    Hook 8’ Penalties Parra 22’, 35’, 51’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    • Jenkins
    • Bennett
    • Jones Substitution Out (10′)
    • Charteris
    • Jones Substitution Out (61′)
    • Lydiate Substitution Out (56′)
    • Warburton Red Card
    • Faletau
    • Phillips Try
    • Hook Substitution Out (46′)
    • Williams
    • Roberts
    • Davies
    • North
    • Halfpenny

    Subs

    • Jones Substitution In (46′)
    • James Substitution In (10′)
    • Williams
    • Jones Substitution In (56′)
    • Davies Substitution In (61′)
    • Burns
    • Williams

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • France

    Manager: Marc Lievremont

    On the Field

    • Poux Substitution Out (45′)
    • Servat Substitution Out (45′)
    • Mas
    • Papé Substitution Out (61′)
    • Nallet
    • Dusautoir
    • Bonnaire Substitution Out (75′)
    • Harinordoquy
    • Yachvili
    • Parra
    • Palisson
    • Mermoz
    • Rougerie
    • Clerc
    • Médard

    Subs

    • Heymans
    • Szarzewski Substitution In (45′)
    • Pierre Substitution In (61′)
    • Ouedraogo Substitution In (75′)
    • Trinh-Duc
    • Barcella Substitution In (45′)
    • Doussain

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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