Sat 20 Mar 2021 10:29 PM GMT
First published on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6.45pm GMT
10:29 p.m. GMT22: 29
10:25 p.m. GMT22: 25
@bloodandmud I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a match with so many possible tries
How many were there, six? Even if it wasn’t six, it was still a ridiculous amount within a ridiculous game
10:22 p.m. GMT22: 22
An incredible finish. The intensity was enormous and it was thanks to Wales that they fought to the end. Sometimes we were under pressure and made some mistakes, but in the end the result is what counts and we got a great try in the end. We still have a chance to win and we’ll regroup and work hard this week. “????
10:13 p.m. GMT22: 13
We didn’t win the game, we were pretty good for 80 minutes, but our discipline put a lot of pressure on us and the French game. We hope we made people proud at home, but we weren’t good enough tonight.
10:08 p.m. GMT22: 08
Wales may point out that they didn’t hit enough with the sheer amount of possession they had up to 50 minutes, but where this team came from six months ago they looked in great shape today, as they did for much of the tournament.
This is going to hurt, but if you go to bed tonight you still have the best reputation for winning the whole thing, and who named that?
10:04 p.m. GMT22: 04
This is a bonus point win for France, which means that if they score four tries against Scotland next Friday and win the rearranged game with 21 points, they can win the entire show.
10:03 p.m. GMT22: 03
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10:00 p.m. GMT 10:00 p.m.
80 min. France has the ball on Wales 22 and comes left and right, but Wales are strong for the time being
9:59 p.m. GMT21: 59
79 mins Wales take a penalty for sealing and Ntamack will send the ball into the Welsh half for a last chance attack from a lineout.
9:58 p.m. GMT21: 58
79 min. France is knocking! Wales have 90 seconds to navigate the ball and win the Grand Slam!
9:57 p.m. GMT21: 57
78 min. France has the ball in their own half and checks the left side of the Welsh defense.
9:56 p.m. GMT21: 56
77 min. Alldritt has an arrow, is stopped briefly, but the captain makes no mistake from a distance. Ntamack converted.
9:55 p.m. GMT21: 55
76 min. France scrum on the Wales 5 yd-line and Wyn Jones is put on hold because of the collapse. Les Bleus asks for another and the clock is slowly ticking towards the 80th minute.
9:52 p.m. GMT21: 52
74 min. Actually, not everyone will be fourteen because Williams is on his feet in France’s next possession and he has also received the card handling.
9:50 p.m. GMT21: 50
72 mins Ollivon is over the line but is stopped again what stopped three of Wales – some effort. Under construction, Taulupe Faletau was sidelined and when Wales was on a warning he was sent to the trash can. It will be fourteen for the rest of the game.
9.48 p.m. GMT21: 48
70 min. Cammille Chat is on for Marchand and his first post is missing his man in the lineout to let Wales out of his own 22nd impact.
9.47 p.m. GMT21: 47
Callum Sheedy for BiggarElliot Dee for Ken OwensLeon Brown for Tomas FrancisWillis Halaholo for Jon Davies.
68 min. The attempt is aborted and the French second row is out of the game to make contact with Wyn Jones’s eye area. Completely unnecessary from the big lock and he can’t blame anyone but himself.
9.42 p.m. GMT21: 42
67 min. Wales is offside in the tackle line from the French Scrum Five and Les Bleus takes another Scrum Five.
The ball is routed to Vakatawa, who has stopped just short of the line, and France is sending waves of broadcasts to the Wales line. With a penalty advantage, the ball goes all the way to the left to Dulin, who kicks Liam Williams to touch down.
But wait! In a jolt in the build-up, Paul Willemse cleared Wyn Jones out and put his fingers near his eye so it’s a Ref / TMO conference and we’ll wait.
9:36 p.m. GMT21: 36
65 mins It’s a catch and a ride from France before Marchand rushes over from the back of the mouth, but it looks like a combination of Rees Zammit, Tomos Williams and Faletau is holding the big man up. The call in the field is put on hold and the TMO cannot see anything that could change it.
9:34 p.m. GMT21: 34
63 min. France have a good attack on Wales 22, forcing the visitors to take a couple of penalties that will see the home team come back on the line after a lineout on the Welsh 5-yd-line.
9:31 p.m. GMT21: 31
9:29 p.m. GMT21: 29
58 min. Wales are back in France 22 and Justin Tipuric wins a clean lineup that leads to a huge rolling mouth that halts the French defense. The ball is sent straight to Louis Rees Zammit, who throws the ball in a tiny space an inch away from an incredible finish.
However, the mouth was purposely stopped by Mohammed Haouas, who ended up in the trash can because of his problems is sent.
9:25 p.m. GMT21: 25
57 min. Liam Williams puts Dulin under pressure with a kick in the coffin corner, but the French full-back hits the 22 and hits seven players in the process. This results in an attack on the left sideline that almost puts Thomas out of the way except for a brilliant covering tackle from Biggar.
9:21 p.m. GMT21: 21
54 min. France has their first proper gradual possession of the half and slowly moves further into the Welsh half before Vakatawa’s dump can’t find Penaud’s hands and comes into contact. However, Tipuric used to have a no-arms tackle and France has a penalty on the 22 in midfield, which Ntamack shoots through the sticks.
9:17 p.m. GMT21: 17
9:16 p.m. GMT21: 16
49 min. France have some phases after the restart but Navidi is holding on and Wales have a penalty to clear their lines. Another big boxing kick is taken from the lineout and this time Teddy Thomas fails to grab it and Wales will receive another attack from a scrum in the blue half. You bring it all the way to the left and Tipuric sends a nice kick into 22. The ball is on the floor and the bodies dip on it. Tomos Williams, who was running for Gareth Davies moments ago, is feeding Josh Adams off the floor, who is crawling around with two French tacklers trying to hold him up.
Luke Pearce tried, so the TMO needs unequivocal evidence for none Find justification, and based on the evidence, there isn’t much clear that suggests being absolutely ungrounded.
9:09 p.m. GMT21: 09
46 min. In the shadow of the posts, North has a carry and they have the advantage of checking the right side of the French defense before Ref Pearce shoots hard at his pipe. Biggar adds three more points.
Wales looks very relaxed and confident so this is just a training run, especially when attacking.
9:06 p.m. GMT21: 06
43 min.Wales retain possession of the ball for the first few minutes of the second half and are more inclined to kick to deny it in the first half. So far it works the way they won two, and the last one gives them a scrum in the French half that Taulupe Faletau takes meters off with a strong carry from the base.
9:02 p.m. GMT21: 02
9:02 p.m. GMT21: 02
Wales had more than 60 percent territory and possessions in the first half. If this continues, imagine that they will make it.
8:56 p.m. GMT20: 56
Wales will be very happy. They have come back from an early setback tough and competent, coming down the payline regularly at will with a large number of runners, including the skillful use of their wingers.
A close game like this will increasingly be about game management and for this reason France will be in a better position after losing Jalibert as Ntamack is the highest level of competence embodied for such an occasion .
8:48 p.m. GMT20: 48
40 min. Dulin knocks it off the field to end a pulsating, gripping, high-quality half.
8:47 p.m. GMT20: 47
39 mins Fickou is about to give it a try after Alldritt finds a gap, but the French center can’t hold the number eight dump with the begging line. In Fickou’s defense, the pass was slightly behind him
37 mins back in France 22 fast Wales deploy a multitude of porters to break into Les Bleus’ defensive line before the ball is turned so Dulin can clear, but only as far as Williams, who brings it back. The ball is finally in contact and France has a penalty for Gareth Davies offside in the lineout.
Wales will be happy to have the honor at halftime too, but first they have to defend and France attack from a lineout in the Welsh Half off on.
8.41 p.m. GMT20: 41
33 min. Penalty France after Biggar’s hand slipped down Fickou’s neck in a duel. Ntamack runs his fingers through his shiny hair, waves to kick and strokes the ball from a height of 30 meters. And we’re all square again.
8:38 p.m. GMT20: 38
30 minutes. Wales can’t do anything with the next possession when Liam Williams knocks. In the middle of the attack, Jalibert punched in the face, which Romain Ntamack will bring into play with his insignificant, self-confident and accomplished bag of tricks. Of course, he knocks immediately.
8:34 p.m. GMT20: 34
27 mins Oh dear, that’s not good from Jalibert loading the ball dead, which will give Wales a scrum back on the 10-yd-line from France. The ball is a clean heel and goes left for a big north carry, then all the way to the right for a clever cultivator kick from Rees Zammit to force Dulin to make contact near his own line.
8:31 p.m. GMT20: 31
24 mins Jon Davies has a hint of void from a scrum in midfield and makes the most of it before France scrambles to obliterate the chance. But Wales retain ownership and a few stages later France breach collapse and Biggar takes full advantage. This is Wales ahead for the first time and it feels like a big moment in the game.
8:27 p.m. GMT20: 27
This has the complexion of a sevens game, where possession is equal for both sides. Such early high-score games often have a high farce feel to them, but make no mistake, this is quality footage from every team.
8:24 p.m. GMT20: 24
19 min. Wales attack again in France 22 after another strong carry by Biggar and a certain left and right spread of the ball. The strikers take over and after a few bumps in the line, Navidi has a turn and muscles.
8:20 p.m. GMT20: 20
15 minutes. Brice Dulin joins the line and surpasses the top so the hunting Jalibert gathers so he can overtake the man Dupont (who else?) In support to kick under the posts.
8:17 p.m. GMT20: 17
13 min. France now has to defend a Welsh Scrum Five. The strikers take it off the base and run down the line a few times before Biggar comes out at an angle to grab the ball and tumble like an extra flanker from ten feet.
10 minutes. Wales are over the line with Gareth Davies, who scores under a tackle from Ollivon. Luke Pearce says held up no try and the TMO has a look and can’t see anything obvious to knock it over. A wonderful device from Ollivon.
8:10 p.m. GMT20:10
7 min. The Welsh defense can’t stop the big second row this time as he jumps out of inches to put his team in the lead. Jalibert converts.
It’s early days but Wales have given a lot of penalties there and this won’t be the last time France will put pressure on their line.
8:08 p.m. GMT20: 08
5 minutes. Josh Adams’ duel against Dupont is a bit high as France is kicking the stages and Dulin is deep in Wales 22. The blue strikers drive him out of the lineout and Wyn Jones attacks Romain Taofifenua stopping him just a few inches before France is over but is stopped.
8:04 p.m. GMT20: 04
3 min. Half a dozen stages for Wales ends with Biggar throwing a large bomb in the air before each side turns to test with some high kicks. Advantage France as Dulin chases and takes his own kick against France when attacking in the Welsh half, but the Welsh defense has been holding him back so far.
8:01 p.m. GMT20: 01
1 minute. 80 minutes of a Grand Slam for Wales or a chance to play another week to win the tournament for France are underway.
8:00 p.m. GMT 8:00 p.m.
The camera is walking along the line of Wales players when Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau roars from the sound system. In the silence the voices can be heard and on this evidence the stereotype that all Welsh can sing is clearly false.
7:55 p.m. GMT 7:55 p.m.
Here come the teams walking through a low-level dry ice fog, like a fancier version of the footbath in an 80s swimming pool, but with less verrucas.
7:36 p.m. GMT19: 36
If Wales win with a bonus point tonight, they will be in the strange position of having the highest total points in the history of the Six Nations tournament and being considered the worst Grand Slam winners of all time.
A bonus point win remains a big win, of course, but this statistic certainly highlights that there is a reality / perception schism on this team.
7.30 p.m. GMT 7.30 p.m.
What a year for Wayne Pivac and today he has made the transition from vicious to great, to be in the same bracket with Mike Ruddock and Gatland as the Wales coaches who won an early Grand Slam.
If he goes his way today, the jury is likely still undecided whether the rest of his career in Wales will match that of the soon-to-be-laid man from Mumbles or the long reign of the Colossus from Aotearoa
7:06 p.m. GMT19: 06
Our man Rob Kitson is trying to reassure us all with this speech about no clear winner. I’m not sure it will work, but read and see what you can do with it.
7:04 p.m. GMT19: 04
Are there any sober Wales fans out there or have you all been nervous since breakfast? If you’re still typing, you can email or tweet @bloodandmud with your thoughts and / or prayers.
7:03 p.m. GMT19: 03
There isn’t much to report here, as Fabien Galthie stays with the same starting XV as last week. Uini Atonio, Swan Rebbadj and Arthur Vincent are the changes on the bench.
Wayne Pivac only makes one change on the opening team, with Adam Beard reclaiming his place at Lock from Cory Hill after his break last week. Hill is one of the substitutes alongside the returning James Botham and Tomos Williams.
FRANCE: Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou and Damian Penaud; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt.
Substitutions: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Schwan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack, Arthur Vincent.
WALES: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, and Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Bart, Alun Wyn Jones (Captain), Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Substitutions: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Leon Brown, Cory Hill, James Botham, Tomos Williams, Callum Sheedy and Uilisi Halaholo
6:39 p.m. GMT18: 39
It’s the Grand Slam game! Welcome to Paris to cover the latest attempt by Wales.
Many discussions abroad already about what a lucky six nations victory this will be for Wales if they get it, if many get their credit shortage early on to get. But call it what you like, the #JamSlam, the #Jampionship, Wales doesn’t care if you win one of them tonight in Paris.
And how random were they exactly? A few red cards from the opposition and a bit of mischief against England regularly become out of context (Wales won the last twenty minutes of this English game 16-0 without the need for a single controversy) or regardless of what the team did to what has shown is in their control: possession. Seventeen attempts and a healthy hit rate as the ratio of entries in the opposing group 22 appeal to a team that is clinical and knows its own onions in attack – they have a point difference after four games that is not far from double Ireland.
France are the only team now able to prevent a Welsh Grand Slam and have the chance to win the championship themselves with a convincing win here and then against Scotland in the re-arranged game next week. Not only are they here to play the trumpets for the red save and they will be smart after a poor second half at Twickenham where their lead was overtaken late.
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