World News – GB – Antoine Dupont blows Wales as France win warm-up match


It may have been seven months since Wales last came out in the Six Nations, but their expectation of victory continues, having lost their fourth Test in a row in that match. warm-up against France in Paris

Alun Wyn Jones’ record 148th test selection did not go as planned, despite leaving Wales with a Leigh Halfpenny try in the first minute But a Cyril Baille score and a double d ‘Antoine Dupont, as France’s attack began to draw, left Wales behind 21-13 at the interval

A dangerous melee cleared on Jones by Bernard le Roux, France lock, may well be scrutinized by the citing commissioner after appearing to catch the Welsh skipper with his forearm

France captain Charles Ollivon and Wales backer Nicky Smith traded second-half tries, but three missed kicks to Dan Biggar’s boot prevented Wales from closing the gap on the scoreboard, a magnificent solo test by Teddy Thomas concluding the victory of France, who will face Ireland next weekend and can still win the Six Nations, tied for first place with England with 13 points

« We weren’t good enough in the air that night, we returned too much of the ball to France in open play, » noted Wales head coach Wayne Pivac. « Additionally, we’ve had three turnovers at critical times and I think 12 in total is one area we need to step back and look at to make sure we keep more possession »Pivac also revealed that head accelerator Samson Lee would go through concussion protocols after his first-half withdrawal

Pivac could hardly have asked for a better start, with Halfpenny coming through after 58 seconds Justin Tipuric’s pass was key, creating the overlap before Dan Biggar put Halfpenny out of the way A penalty shortly after from the Northampton Saints meant Wales had a 10-0 lead in the opening five minutes

France, however, responded well, Romain Ntamack and Dupont, the Toulouse half-back, citing an attack that saw Ntamack burst into space, after Rhys Webb left the defensive line, before feeding Dupont Josh Adams did well across to make a cover tackle, but France recycled and Baille, the French free-propeller, propelled the line at close range

Biggar added his second penalty soon after to extend Wales’ lead, but looked uncomfortable throughout the first quarter, receiving treatment on the sideline and making his better to stay on the pitch, even with bigger matches to come next weeks against Scotland in the Six Nations followed by the Autumn Nations Cup

While Wales’ home defense was initially strong, France opened them wide with a lavish score, Ntamack finding Virimi Vakatawa who with an outrageous dump on the back of his hand freed Teddy Thomas on the line. touchdown, with Dupont on hand to complete a nice score That summed up what this young French side is capable of at their best Ntamack’s sideline conversion gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game after a half -hour

Wales were then forced to quickly switch heads after Samson Lee appeared to be knocked out, leaving the pitch and replaced by Dillon Lewis

Now the Wales defense was really starting to crack Gael Fickou sucked in the defenders, then found Vakatawa, charging forward from Wales 22 before feeding Dupont inside for the half scrum scores his second try in four minutes « In my opinion [Dupont] is world class and he showed it again tonight, » said Pivac As a result, France finished 21-13 with Wales running out of territory after just 29% in first half-time, still has a lot of work to do

They started well, Biggar reversing his third penalty after Gregory Alldritt failed in the scrum France traded full-backs at half-time with Thomas Ramos replacing Anthony Bouthier, and could not have had a fourth try that for Alldritt to steam strike on a short pass from Dupont with the line in sight

Wales broke in the blackout, not backing down to give Ntamack the chance to add three points, which he successfully managed when Pivac and Fabien Galthie began to clear their benches Sam Parry, the Ospreys hooker, came in for his first cap with 25 minutes left

Biggar missed two chances to bring Wales below five points, after Camille Chat breached the scrum and then Wales produced an impressive scrum penalty on the ball from France

Louis Rees-Zammit’s long-awaited debut followed, with the thrilling Gloucester wing, after 13 senior tries in his decisive season, replacing Halfpenny at the back

Dupont then shredded Wales open once again, a ball punched by Thomas on a high kick falling into Dupont’s path before he burst into space and fed his captain , Charles Ollivon, to score by the posts It was another world-class performance from one of the game’s main players

Wales hit back with a try from Nicky Smith, Biggar missing the conversion, before France secured the result with some genius from Teddy Thomas, throwing the ball over the head of Biggar and collecting to score in the corner

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