Wales In Trouble First Half As The French Dominate

The time for talking was over, 80 minutes for Wales to stay in Japan or head home.

Not the start Wales would have wanted. France crossed the try line first in just 5 minutes and it was through Sebastien Vahaamahina. Ntamack misses the conversion 0-5

Just 2 minutes later Wales were rocking here France went from coast to coast from the kick-off. Navidi missed a tackle in midfield and Ntamack and Dupont combined to put Alldritt over. Conversion was scored making it 0-12.

Just a minute later Wales got back in the game, Aaron Wainwright, the 22-year-old picked up a loose ball and galloped away from the French chase to score.

Wales were starting to build pressure. Good carries from Jake Ball and Parkes got them moving forward and a penalty came following a high tackle on Ball by try-scorer Vahaamahina. Biggar opted for the sticks. He nailed it. It was a calm recovery from Wales to get back to within two points after a horror start. 10-12

29 minutes saw Moriarty in trouble. He got across to tackle Fickou but he went high. It was yellow but it could have easily been a straight red

France were building pressure against a14-man Welsh defence. The pressure told almost immediately as Vakatawa crossed after an offload from Penaud and with the extra’s took the score to 10-19

Wales were under the cosh quite how France had not scored again – who knew? 

Half time Wales 10-19 France