France 6 - 16 Wales

Match info: Six Nations at Stade de France, Paris

Date: 09/02/2013 KO: 17:00

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesMichalak (15, 53)



TriesNorth (72)ConversionsHalfpenny (72)PenaltiesHalfpenny (18, 43, 75)

FT (ht: 3-3)

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  • Full-Time: France 6-16 Wales

  • France trying to salvage something but the ball goes appropriately forward as the boos ring out. Wales end their losing run thanks to North's magic finish, but this was a truly dismal fixture. Next for France? A trip to Twickenham...

  • Last chance for France but they waste it through a tap penalty rather than the corner, knocking on outside Wales' 22. Excellent defence from the visitors who have earned their win late on.

  • Trinh-Duc, oddly out on the wing, tries to attack but with no fortune. Spectators pouring out of the ground as Wales have a scrum, counting down the clock.

  • PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 6-16 Wales regather possession from the restart and win the penalty! Halfpenny stepping up to win the match from a long way out, but he has the power in his boot. Up he steps and... it's over!

  • TRY, WALES NORTH! 6-13 Parra's box kick doesn't go far enough and Wales have an attacking lineout. North crashes up, chip over the top from Biggar and North is in! Try in the corner! Upstairs to the TMO to confirm... super finish.

  • Comedy moment from Huget as the ball goes forward off his head. Roberts kicks into touch and France will have to clear from their 22.

  • Wales win the penalty at the scrum - escaping from their half. The visitors now try to attack down the left, building the phases but lacking the quick ball required. Jamie Roberts isolated in midfield but clings on, before Bigger wastes possession with a terrible outside flick of the boot.

  • French attack continues to power forward - camped outside the Welsh 22. Spilled at the ruck and France have the scrum, which has been on top in the last few minutes.

  • Thunderous drive from France wins the penalty at the scrum and they move into Welsh territory.

  • More dross. Neither side able to make a mark and the crowd are showing their frustration.

  • Little structure for either side but Wales come again - a poor kick from Mike Phillips bringing the attack swiftly to an end.

  • Huge cheer as Morgan Parra enters the fray - France lineout results in a turnover by Ryan Jones and Wales have a good attacking scrum.

  • Driving maul leads to a blindside break for Picamoles, but the ball is lost and Wales counter - Halfpenny searching for space. Chip over the top from Ryan Jones of all people finds touch in the France 22.

  • PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 6-6 Strong scrum from France and Michalak has the penalty, levelling the scores. Who will spark first?

  • Solid defence from Wales yields a scrum, Fofana wrapped up by Faletau. Both sides equally matched.

  • France attacking down the right, Fofana on an inside line trying to slide through the middle. Wales turn to batter away the attackers.

  • Break from Machaneaud from the restart and France are five metres out - back to Trinh Duc whose drop goal attempt is... wide! Poor option in the first place.

  • PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-6 Easy does it for Halfpenny and Wales take an early lead.

  • Francois Trinh-Duc for France leading to a reshuffle in the French backline - Mike Phillips not wasting any time from the restart as he charges forward. France recover the ball but Wales have the penalty, straight in front.


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