LiveLIVE: Wales v France

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Summary

  • Warren Gatland's men are desperate to get their campaign back on track after a desperately disappointing defeat in Ireland 13 days ago
  • The French, however, have started with two victories over England and Italy and will be dreaming of a Grand Slam if they can seal another win tonight
  • Wales won in Paris last season on their way to winning the championship
  • The last meeting between the sides in Cardiff in 2012 was also won by Wales as they clinched the Grand Slam
  • The last Friday night meeting between these sides in Cardiff in February 2010 ended 26-20 to the visitors

9:56pm

Sam Warburton "That was exactly the response we were looking for"

9:52pm

9:52pm

Fantastic response to the mauling in Dublin 13 days ago. Well done Wales

9:50pm

FT: WALES 27 FRANCE 6

A big win for Warren Gatland's men thanks to tries from George North and Sam Warburton and the trusty boot of Leigh Halfpenny.

The dream of a third straight championship is back on.

Full match report from Argus rugby writer Chris Kirwan follows shortly

9:48pm

Gethin Jenkins gets a huge cheer as he's announced as the official man of the match. Warburton should have won it is the concensus on the press benches

9:38pm

9:35pm

The crowd really enjoying themselves here now as the French are comprehensively outplayed on the pitch and outsung in the stands

9:32pm

9:31pm

The crowd go mad as the TMO confirms the try and Halfpenny kicks the simple conversion to put Wales 27-6 in front and surely they can't lose it from here? Only 16 minutes left now

9:30pm

Warburton goes over for a crucial second try for Wales next to the posts. Wales lead 25-6!

9:27pm

Picamoles is in the sin bin

9:24pm

Warburton wins a turnover but Halfpenny fails to extend Wales' lead with a long distance penalty. Still 20-6 to Gatland's men

9:20pm

Great break from Wesley Fofana but France waste a good opportunity with a poor pass into touch on the left wiung. Wales still lead 20-6 with just over 20 minutes remaining

9:19pm

Paul James on for Dan Lydiate for Wales

9:18pm

9:16pm

France piling on a bit of pressure but Bonneval is denied a possible try as he's forced to put a foot into touch

9:14pm

73,086 the crowd here tonight

9:13pm

Nicolas Mas and Gethin Jenkins in the sin bin

9:12pm

CLOSE: France denied a try as North just about stops Bastareaud as he heads for the line and they're penalised for a knock-on. Still 20-6

9:08pm

Jules Plisson misses France's latest penalty. Still 20-6 to Wales

9:01pm

Maxime Machenaud replaces Jean-Marc Doussain for the French, who need a lift

9:01pm

France get us back under way at the Millennium Stadium

8:57pm

8:50pm

HT: WALES 20 FRANCE 6. Gatland's men in control at the Millennium Stadium thanks to North's early opportunist try and the excellent kicking of Halfpenny

8:48pm

And another penalty from Halfpenny, a tough on this time, sails over. Wales lead 20-6

8:43pm

Halfpenny nails another penalty in front of the posts and Wales are 17-6 ahead with five minutes left in the first half

8:41pm

8:39pm

Jules Plisson kicks the penalty after Doussain had missed the last one and France pull it back to 14-6

8:36pm

8:33pm

8:31pm

Doussain is off target with a simple penalty. Still 14-3

8:27pm

Halfpenny slots another penalty between the posts and Wales lead 14-3 midway through the first half

8:24pm

Jean-Marc Doussain gets France's first points of the evening. Nice of them to join the party. Fashionably late. Wales lead 11-3

8:23pm

8:22pm

Pascal Pape was the man to blame for the French knock-on

8:20pm

France are nearly on the scoreboard but Yoann Huget's 'try' is ruled out for a knock-on. Still 11-0 to Warren Gatland's men. French fans booing

8:16pm

Halfpenny makes amends with a penalty from distance to extend Wales' lead to 11-0

8:14pm

North try was given after the TMO had a look at a push on Dulin

8:13pm

Halfpenny misses the conversion so Wales remain at 8-0

8:12pm

Huge cheer at the Millennium Stadium as George North races onto a Leigh Halfpenny kick to touch down. Wales lead 8-0

8:10pm

8:08pm

8:07pm

Halfpenny kicks Wales into a 3-0 lead

8:07pm

8:05pm

Wales' Rhys Priestland gets us under way

8:04pm

Anthems done...allez les rugby!

8:00pm

Huge cheers as the teams enter the field of battle

7:55pm

Disco lights on before the teams come out...

7:52pm

Wales have won the coin toss and have chosen to kick

7:52pm

7:40pm

7:31pm

7:31pm

7:19pm

7:09pm

Today's referee: Alain Rolland

7:09pm

France replacements: Mach, Forestier, Debaty, Vahaamahina, Chouly, Machenaud, Tales, Fickou

7:07pm

FRANCE: Dulin, Huget, Bastareaud, Fofana, Bonneval, Plisson, Doussain, Domingo, Szarzewski, Mas, Pape, Maestri, Nyanga, Lauret, Picamoles

7:06pm

Wales replacements: Owens, James, R.Jones, Coombs, Tipuric, Phillips, Biggar, Hook

7:06pm

WALES: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, North, Roberts, L.Williams, Priestland, Webb, Jenkins, Hibbard, A.Jones, Charteris, Ball, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau

7:00pm

Victorious British & Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones is ruled out with a foot injury. Coombs will now miss the Dragons match on Sunday

6:58pm

Late change for Wales: Jake Ball replaces the injured Alun Wyn Jones and Dragons star Andrew Coombs comes onto the bench

6:55pm

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