Anthems are sung, players getting ready. COME ON WALES!
Penalty Wales. Kickable. Biggar...
WAL 3-0 FRA
Biggar nails it.
WAL 3-7 FRA
Halfpenny uncharacteristically fumbles a high ball, it flollops and Bouthier grabs it for a stunning first try of the match. Two more points are garnered.
Concussion magnet George North takes an elbow to the chin. Probable HIA.
Energetic stuff from both sides, lots of fizz and lots of kicking. France have a penalty, lining up for the kick.
Speaking of.... off side at the ruck, penalty Wales.Just in front of the posts, this should close the gap a wee bit.
WAL 6-10 FRA
Easy three for Biggar, who stopped whingeing long enough to take a kick at goal.
France score what looks to be an easy left wing try but the TMO takes a look and the forward pass in the build-up reverses the decision. No score.
WAL 6-17 FRA
Halfpenny fumbles a grubber with interference from Les Bleus, France scoop it up and kick down which Parkes runs into touch. France's lineout is clean and Willemse scores.
WAL 9-17 FRA
Some spirited, inventive play from the Welsh boys sees a series of interesting passes just shy of the line. Penalty is awarded and Biggar takes the three.
Penalty to Wales under the posts. Wales opt to scrum. Clock is red. Aldritt is yellow carded. Heady stuff.
Wales pick and go and pick and go and pick and go and omg they went left. And momentum is lost. And it's another penalty. And it will probably be another scrum under the posts. 44 minutes on the clock.
Half-time and everyone including me is breathless. Good grief that was a tough six minutes. Wales squander their opportunities, and we head in for oranges and heart to hearts.
We are back in full flow for the deuxieme, let's see if Wales can find some consistency in breaking down the Shaun Edwards French defence.
WAL 16-17 FRA
Lewis grabs a flaky ball and smashes into the posts. Biggar cleans up. Wales are back in it.
WAL 24-17 FRA
Ntamack grabs a long pass out of thin air and takes the interception and steams down the right wig chased by the locomotive that is Hadleigh Parkes. Parkes can't reach him, France back in commanding lead.
France has an energy that is usual, and a completion rate that is not. They are clinical in their attack, stalwart in defence, and even though we are three years away I can see this being a competent team for 2023 in Paris.
WAL 16-27 FRA
Not really sure what the penalty was for, but France get one, and they kick it, and they get three points. C'est la vie.
This jeune homme is having a great day out in Wales.
WAL 23-27 FRA
Biggar scrapes himself over the line, TMP reviews, it's good. Five minutes to go, everything to play for.
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