Wales vs France
20th 5, 8:15 am Sunday
The late converted try of ross Moriarty guaranteed Wales saw to book off 14-man France 20-19 an Rugby World Cup semi-final set in a fervent Oita Stadium on Sunday.
Les Bleus were made to play over 30 minutes with 14 men after row Sebastien Vahaamahina was red carded into the surface of Aaron Wainwright in a maul nine minutes into the second phase.
Within an utterly dominant first-half screen, attempts from Vahaamahina, flanker Charles Ollivon and centre Virimi Vakatawa had set France in control but they led in half-time, Aaron Wainwrights attempt keeping Wales in touchwith
Les Bleus would not score though and eventually could not keep out a Wales that is mostly sub-par – Moriarty diving to ground the ball with six minutes remaining.
Though Frances beginning was lethargic – Gregory Alldritt dropping the kick-off – they settled and were after hooker Guilhem Guirado had been stopped following a driving maul at the fifth minute when Vahaamahina scored out of a driveway.
Three minutes after he lined up yet a different, although romain Ntamack hit the pole with the conversion. Vakatawa step beyond Josh Navidi was seen by A sumptuous France transfer in midfield and offload to the on-rushing Ntamack from a Gareth Davies tackle. Until the scrum-half did to Ollivon for the flanker to creep to the line Antoine Dupont was found by him on his inside.
Four minutes later, Wales responded – against the run of play – if blindside Wainwright scored from nothing as the frenzied beginning to the Test lasted. The ball popped loose out of a ruck near their own 22, Wainwright maintained it and was fast off the mark to leave the forwards behind him.
Wales registered three more points off the tee on 20 minutes via Biggar , as Vahamahina was penalised for a high tackle highlighting the gap to two points – something unimaginable only 10 minutes.
As replacement back-row Moriarty was sin-binned to get a high attack on Gael Fickou following 30 minutes, it was respite for Wales, however. He was perhaps fortunate since replays seemed to indicate contact with the France midfielders sidewalk initially to prevent a red card.
France needed a try as Vakatawa cut back inside Liam Williams and reached out to score after some magnificent play.
France remained nicely on top for the of Moriarty period, but failed to score as Wales simply kept them Ntamack hit the pole with a punishment effort and there was a Guirado try jerking off to get an.
Into the second half, Les Bleus started with similar vigour, turning a penalty shot for a kick from which tragedy ensued for Jacques Brunels side.
With an attacking maul well placed and creeping forwards on 49 minutes row Vahaamahina needed a moment of insanity to alter the match, elbowing Wainwright at the head and receiving a red cardfor which the forwards could have no complaints.
Wales immediately hit onto the front-foot using Biggar kicking on a penalty but then failed to press on their benefit, dropping possibilities with mistakes and continually kicking ball away.
Indeed, it took before the 74th minute to score the winning try, as the Wales bunch drove contrary to the mind in a five-metre scrum, Tomos Williams ripped the ball loose – a thing that lived a TMO inspection – and though Tipuric was stopped short, Moriarty picked up to ground on the line a stage later.
Biggar conversion gave Wales the point lead that they lacked. France couldnt force themselves up the pitch and Wales were abandoned to celebrate success.
France wing Penaud was magnificent. His capacity to creep players, to offload, to take high chunks. What a player.
While Huget, Dupont and Vakatawa revealed their real qualities, fickou was a standout for France too. Ntamack is growing from the 10 top – .
For Wales, without a man of the game Wainwright, they wouldnt have won the Test. He caught an opportunist attempt and was tireless. Give up or gatlands side never appear to panic but they were mightily fortunate to win here.
Starting with the clear, the actions of Vahaamahina price his team and were a thing of lunacy, naturally.
France had one foot into the semi-finals but had it whipped away by the locks elbow. the more with Wales creating very ahead of the winner that they held out as long, will frustrate Les Bleus.
Wales? This is as bad as theyve played in a couple of decades. Within their game as the World Cup, they fought to put away a stretched France and failed to do. Managing mistakes repeated kicks and poor decision-making supposed they passed up the chance of their careers to create the four.
However, for the card, they would be moving home. In actuality, they nearly were even with it.