Wales 20-19 France: Ross Moriarty try seals win over 14-man France
Wales vs France
Ross Moriartys late converted try guaranteed Wales saw France 20-19 to book a Rugby World Cup semi-final set in a fervent Oita Stadium on Sunday.
After second row Sebastien Vahaamahina was red carded for a elbow into the face of Aaron Wainwright in a nine minutes into the second 39, les Bleus were made to play more than 30 minutes with 14 men.
In a completely dominant first-half display, tries from Vahaamahina, flanker Charles Ollivon and centre Virimi Vakatawa had place France in hands but they led in half-time, Aaron Wainwrights attempt keeping Wales in contact .
Les Bleus would not score though and eventually could not maintain outside a largely sub-par Wales – Moriarty diving to ground the ball with six minutes.
Though Frances start was sluggish – Gregory Alldritt falling the kick-off – they were over in the fifth minute when Vahaamahina scored out of a close-range driveway, after hooker Guilhem Guirado had been stopped after a maul and settled.
Three minutes after that he was lining up another, although romain Ntamack struck the pole with the transformation. A France transfer in midfield offload from a Gareth Davies tackle into the on-rushing Ntamack and saw Vakatawa step past Josh Navidi. Prior to the scrum-half did similarly to creep to the line he discovered Antoine Dupont on his interior.
Four minutes later, Wales responded – completely against the run of play – as the frantic beginning to the Evaluation lasted if blindside Wainwright scored out of nothing. 22 popped loose from a French ruck near their own, Wainwright was fast off the mark to leave the surrounding French forward behind him and claimed it.
Three points were enrolled by wales off the tee over 20 minutes through Biggar as Vahamahina was penalised for a high tackle on Jake Ball, narrowing the gap to two factors – something unimaginable only 10 minutes before.
Since replacement back-row Moriarty has been sin-binned to get a high attack on Gael Fickou it was brief respite for Wales, however. He was perhaps fortunate as replays appeared to indicate contact with the France midfielders sidewalk initially to avoid a red card.
Moments later, France needed a third try as Vakatawa reached out following some stunning build-up play before offloading to his centre, from wing Damian Penaud, who swerved inside Davies and Biggar to score and cut inside Liam Williams.
France remained on top for the of Moriartys sin-bin interval, but failed to score as Wales kept them at bay, then Ntamack struck the pole plus a Guirado try was jerking off to get an.
Into the second halfof Les Bleus began turning down a penalty shot for a kick – from which disaster ensued for Jacques Brunels side.
Next row Vahaamahina had a moment of madness to change the match, elbowing Wainwright in the head and receiving a red card for which the forwards would have no complaints with a attacking maul creeping on 49 minutes and well placed.
Wales instantly hit the front-foot with Biggar kicking on a punishment on 54 seconds, but failed to press their advantage on, losing chances and always kicking away ball.
Indeed, it took before the 74th minute to score the winning campaign, since the Wales bunch drove contrary to the mind in a five-metre scrum, Tomos Williams ripped the ball loose – something that survived a TMO inspection – although Tipuric was stopped short, Moriarty picked around floor on the line a phase later.
The straightforward conversion of biggar gave Wales the point lead they craved. France couldnt force themselves the pitch up and Wales were made to celebrate success.
France wing Penaud was magnificent. His ability to glide past players, to offload, to take his lightning speed, chunks. What a player.
Fickou was a real standout for France while Vakatawa, Dupont and Huget demonstrated their qualities. Ntamack is growing in the 10 top – .
Without any man of the match Wainwright, for Wales, they wouldnt have won the Test. He was tireless and grabbed an opportunist attempt. Give up or gatlands side also never seem to fear but they were mightily fortunate to win here.
Beginning with the obvious, Vahaamahinas actions cost his staff immeasurably and were naturally, something of pure lunacy.
France had a foot into the semi-finals but needed it whipped off by the towering lock elbow. The longer together with Wales really creating little before their winner they held out so long, will frustrate Les Bleus.
Wales? That is as poor as theyve played in two years. Within their game as the World Cup, they fought to put a France that was extended and neglected to perform. Managing mistakes aimless kicks and meant they almost passed up the opportunity of their careers to make the last four.
But for the card, then they would be moving home. In actuality, they were with it.