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Wales v France

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the conclusion to the 2018 Six Nations as Wales take on France at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.


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I said to the players, I think we're

better than them.

Ireland have

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stolen the game.

Who gets there

first, Watson or Anscombe?

Following

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an incident in Edinburgh that led to

some players being questioned by

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police, Jacques Brunel has...

Interception. Wales will leave with

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nothing.

It's a much welcomed

victory for France.

George North is

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in for try number two.

France have

beaten England, the Stade de France

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erupts.

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Six weeks ago it was all positive

thinking and optimism. Now, after

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four weekends and occasionally

brilliant and often attritional

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rugby, the blue and red meet with

second placed the best either can

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hope for. A championship that for

one side still has echoes of a TMO

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decision at Twickenham, and of

another, a night out in Edinburgh,

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ends on a chilly Cardiff evening

with a lot at stake still. With a

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World Cup 18 months away it's about

momentum. And as always, it's about

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pride. It has been a most

extraordinary final day already of

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this year's Six Nations

championship. The England against

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Ireland game at Twickenham is still

going on. Assuming it goes that way,

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Ireland will get three extra bonus

points for winning the Grand Slam to

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give them an emphatic position.

Scotland winning with a kick from

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Greig Laidlaw in the last minute of

the match. Italy had so many chances

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to win. But it means England will

finish fifth, the lowest they have

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finished in the history of the Six

Nations championship. Who would have

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thought that would happen six weeks

ago? You can see clearly the prize

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for this match at the principality

tonight is second place, for Wales

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or France. It's seriously cold here,

we are all reputable warm. Given the

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breakdown has been a great talking

point of the championship this year,

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we have a considerable back row of

experts. Sam Warburton in the red

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Corner, along with Martyn Williams

and surge is in the blue corner. We

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haven't decided number eight yet.

Serge can be number eight.

Ireland,

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emphatic winners at Twickenham and

in the championship.

I was wrong, at

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the start of the championship I said

I didn't think anybody would win the

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Grand Slam given the quality of

teams. But to win a Grand Slam under

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the circumstances is a fantastic

effort, well done to Ireland.

The

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table said it all. Look at the Gap.

You can criticise the style of play

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but they have scored 20 tries in a

challenge so far and it's thoroughly

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deserved, they have been

outstanding.

They have been affected

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in Atonement, starting really well

with a lot of chances in Paris. They

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were going to finish at the top of

the championship and it's really

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good for Irish rugby.

Johnny

Sexton's drop goal on that very

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first day, was probably the defining

moment in the championship.

In my

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experience, looking back to

championship wins, and when Leigh

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Halfpenny kicked three points in the

first game of the champ Richard when

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we went out to Ireland, winning in

at the Aviva with the Contra --

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controversial penalty at the closing

minutes of the game. It was a

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defining moment of the championship.

Johnny Sexton is one of the best

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players in the tournament so far. I

saw him play in Ireland against the

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Welsh and I believe on that game he

played as well in handling and

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kicking, and also tapping, his

kicking penalties. He's one of the

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outstanding players so far.

I'm sure

we will talk about England later,

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but they have lost three matches in

the championship in succession, and

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that's their first defeat at home

since Australia in the World Cup in

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2015, assuming the scoreline stays

this way. Wales have been playing

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France in international rugby since

1908. In the course of that time,

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there's only one Welsh forward who

has scored four tries in that series

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of matches. Have a guess who that

is. Here he is, a younger version.

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Good memories. Just for the hair as

much as anything. I could do with

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that today, it's so cold. For some

reason, it just fell in my way

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against France. I loved playing in

Paris, my favourite away ground. A

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fantastic stadium and atmosphere. I

was the key, if I don't score I will

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get pulled off, probably. I thought

I'd retired here. And I is wait to

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see the Grand Slam.

Good memories.

Never mind your head, what about

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Shane Williams? It's spectacular.

He

can have whatever hairstyle he

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wants.

You better get a shift on,

Sam. We could go any angle on this

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discussion and the depth Wales have,

but there were times when Wales,

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whoever the coach was, he would have

15 and a few others to pick from.

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Now Warren Gatland has selection

decisions in almost every area of

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the squad, a wonderful luxury to

have. The Wales strength in depth

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the squad, a wonderful luxury to

have. The Wales strength in depth

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has been building over the last two

years quite nicely.

I think now if

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you were picking a World Cup squad

it would be such a strong team of 34

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that could all genuinely start.

Wales are in a very good place. You

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could have two fifteens and British

Lions still wouldn't be involved.

I

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will not go back as far as the 70s

but Wales haven't had as much

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strength in depth as they do now.

Until you put it down on paper and

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you see it like that, I would be

very comfortable with that 15 taking

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to the pitch against France today

and coming away with victory.

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Looking at the guys who haven't even

made the team at the bottom.

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Phenomenal strength in for Wales.

It

gives

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Phenomenal strength in for Wales.

It

gives them a nice luxury, rather

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than picking the best 15, they can

pick more on tactics, which we have

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seen today with the back row and

number ten. They can pick depending

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on tactics rather than just the best

15.

And a greater onus on the coach

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now, it's not just playing the hand

you have been dealt, you have to

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choose what hand you will play.

It's

something Warren Gatland has tried

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to build. In ten years, take two or

three players out of the team and

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you would struggle. Now he has

selection issues, which is what you

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want as coach.

The French, I can't

remember the last time there were so

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Mirnyi French fans here in Cardiff.

I don't know if they have a renewed

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confidence or they are re-engaging

with the team, or maybe they just

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fancied some sub zero temperatures

in Wales for the weekend. Putting

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the World Cup final in 2011 to one

side, the French Cockrell has not

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had much to crow about in recent

times.

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had much to crow about in recent

times. Certainly since 2010. But as

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we look at the Six Nations finishing

positions over the last nine

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seasons, maybe the resilience and

defiance they showed in Paris last

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weekend points to a sign of better

things to come.

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This has a heavyweight feel to it.

England need a bonus point win to

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stay in contention for the title.

Beautifully struck. England take the

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early lead.

Again, it's a penalty

against France. Elliot Daly from his

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own half. Brilliant kick.

Maxime

Machenaud, this to level the scores.

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Crossfield kick.

It's unfortunate to

get him around the neck. I know it's

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not deliberate but it prevents a

probable to write.

Penalty try

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awarded.

-- a probable try.

England

have to score twice.

Elliot Daly is

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completely free. Jonny May scores

for England.

England within three

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points but they can't get their

hands on the ball and give away the

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penalty.

The Stade de France erupts.

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Ireland are champions of the Six

Nations.

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Nations.

Merci!

It was a very

buoyant Paris last weekend. England

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have lost three matches in a row in

the Six Nations in six years. Fran

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Savant won three in a row in the Six

Nations in eight years. It's a

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terrible record. -- France haven't

won.

Looking at what happened a few

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months ago, the way France played

last week was outstanding. We were

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really proud of what France put into

their effort in beating England.

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They were desperate in attack and

defence. The breakdown, there seems

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to be a very... In that area and I'm

very proud of what France achieved.

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We will talk about the Welsh back

row shortly, but the French back

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row, it's a very young pack

altogether. Camara, just 23, is the

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real talisman for the eight.

Camara

is outstanding. His footwork is very

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impressive. When he carries the

ball, he always makes some yards,

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always goes forwards. I have to say,

the way he played his rugby is

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outstanding so far. I really

privileged to see him.

Looking at

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the players France have, they've

always had great individual players

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and always produced great players,

but they always seemed poorly

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coached in the last few years.

Bringing in two recently retired

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players into the coaching staff has

helped them. And he is one of the

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real shining stars of the French

team.

Jacques Brunel is also a

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legendary coach and he knows how to

talk to players and talk to

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youngsters. That's the turning point

of the French team. He gives them

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the confidence and belief to play

the way they are able to do. And so

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far he has made a great impact.

It

seems to me every French match

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recover, we have a discussion about

the rotation of crops at nine and

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ten. But maybe Machenaud and

Trinh-Duc other two players to take

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France to the World Cup.

Definitely.

Machenaud, so far, he's one of the

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outstanding players, kicking the way

he does in the game. Playing with

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the forwards and backs. Making a

great duo with Trinh-Duc. An

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experienced player, one of the most

capped French players, 65 caps. He

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knows his game, he's 32, 31, and he

has the full experience to know what

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it takes to lead the team and

control the game.

His goal-kicking

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will be pretty important tonight. He

is a goal-kicking scrum half and as

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Greig Laidlaw proved in Rome today,

it can sometimes prove the

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difference between victory and

defeat. Many of you watching might

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not have cottoned onto Remy Grosso

before last get in Paris when he won

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the manner of the match award, but

he was immense. -- man of the match

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award.

He goes all over the place to

call for the ball, doesn't stay on

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the wing. He wants to make a good

impact. The fact he came through the

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French Academy and French rugby, was

able to play for the French team.

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I'm pleased to see him. He seems to

enjoy that, and seems to push him

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very far for how we can affect the

game.

Where has he been? He's 29.

He

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has appeared from nowhere.

He was in

2015 World Cup for France, and he

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played one game. After that, with

the changes of the coaches, he's

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sometimes prefers another winger. I

have to say, with the youngsters who

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are coming, Grosso is one of the

great talented players.

Wander

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around the streets of Cardiff this

morning, chatting to fans, and it's

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interesting how the Welsh fans take

this team at the moment. I'm not

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sure anybody is terribly sure how

good the side is, or more to the

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point, how good it might end up

being. They could have went back in

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England and Ireland. They might even

have been going for a Grand Slam in

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Cardiff tonight. That has been

achieved twice in the past decade,

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but it's five years since the last

title when Rob Howley was in

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temporary charge. Tonight is the

102nd time Warren Gatland has led

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his team into battle and he is with

Sonia McLoughlin now.

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his team into battle and he is with

Sonia McLoughlin now.

Fifth-place

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finish this time a year ago. How

important will it be to finish

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runners-up?

I think it's good for

building up into the World Cup in 18

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months. That's important. We want to

finish well today and reflect on the

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Six Nations say we had a couple of

tough calls as well. You need a bit

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of luck. If France go on to win

today then they thoroughly deserve

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it. The second finish will be a fair

reflection of where we are at the

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moment.

You have chopped and changed

at fly-half during the campaign. Why

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does Dan Biggar win out over Rhys

Patchell and Gareth Anscombe today?

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I think because the game will be a

defensive game. His strengths, what

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he is good at in terms of his

kicking game and crossfield stuff,

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chips over the top, brilliant in the

air. Good defender, working on the

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attacking side, and I think the game

will be tight. We have gone with him

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knowing the things he is excellent

at, world-class at, and some other

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things that need to continue to

improve in his game. We might make

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changes later on, but we think today

will be a very tight encounter

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against a very physical French team.

Wales are led today by a certain

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Mathieu Bastareaud today, you

mentioned physical! How do you

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prepare for a team with a player

like that?

Get in his face as quick

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as you can and shuts down the space.

He's very quick and strong. He was

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good last week. We will try to close

the space down on him as much as we

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can. Keep the ball in the park and

tried to take the legs from them is

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Good luck today.

Thank you.

One of

those sporting phrases that someone

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is the first name on the team sheet,

but three months ago Hadleigh Parkes

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was not even wells, and now he is

the glue binding together the Welsh

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backline. -- was not even Welsh.

When I first came over, the

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opportunity was to make the most

Europe has to offer. The fiance and

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I have enjoyed that aspect of it.

The travel has dried up in the last

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few months! But I would much rather

this was happening, I would rather

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do this than travel anyway.

Straight

through goes Hadleigh Parkes, comedy

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first tried within four minutes.

It's gone really well, I'm enjoying

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it. It's something I never thought

would happen. To have it happen has

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been amazing. I've thoroughly

enjoyed it.

Hadleigh Parkes finds

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Tipuric and Wales are running away.

I'm going along quite nicely. The

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two games we have lost, there were

opportunities in those games to win.

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I think it's going in the right

direction and it's quite exciting.

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You are used these bigger teams.

Physically you have to match them.

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You can't give them too many

penalties. You have to be pretty

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switched on because they will get

their forward back into the game,

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especially kicking to the line and

getting the drive going. We have to

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be ready for that.

He's back, the

big man's.

He powered his way over.

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Bastareaud, you know what's

happening, but he has subtle

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footwork that makes it tougher.

Somebody has to put out their hand

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and be a speed bump and others

around can help out and hopefully

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make an effective tackle. If we get

our discipline right and play in the

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right areas, there is no reason why

we can't have a good result.

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we can't have a good result.

Sam

Connor what's your verdict on this

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guy?

He's made a massive impact

straightaway. -- Sam, what's your

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verdict. The Diack Jamie Roberts,

the physical end of the spectrum,

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Owen Williams is the more playmaker,

flair player. -- look at Jamie

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Roberts. This guy is a combination

of the two. He has good kicking

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skills and great hands. He has come

in at 12, a difficult place to come

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into, and he has gone in seamlessly.

He has a lot of strings to his boat.

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We had the privilege to sit down and

interview him for BBC Wales a couple

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of weeks ago and he's fantastic, I

grabbed a guy who is loving what is

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happening to him. The words you

used, the glue of the team, one of

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the smartest rugby players I've seen

in a long time to stop it's a great

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story.

It's how the man inside him

plays as well, and the number ten

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jersey is worn by somebody who

divides opinion. What does Jonathan

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Davies make of Dan Biggar?

It would

not be Welsh rugby if we were not

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having a debate about who will play

fly half, using three in the last

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quarter of games, Jonathan. It's Dan

Biggar today, what does that say to

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you about how this game will go?

I

think Dan was number one when the

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season started. I think it will be a

tight game. A big aerial battle, and

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he's one of the best in the world at

catching and dating. It's an

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opportunity for Dan to show he can

play the expansive game and where

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they are trying to get it. --

catching and kicking. It's a big

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game for Dan today. Get Halfpenny

and George North into it. And also

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Dan Biggar's strengths, defensively

and dictating the play.

Don't Wales

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just need to identify their best fly

half, whether it's Dan Biggar,

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Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Patchell, and

stick with them?

I think so. It's

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one of these things where last

autumn and this season, they have

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three international stand-offs. They

have Argentina this summer, I doubt

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if Dan will go, he can have a rest,

and the other two can fight it out.

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But next autumn they will have to

decide who is number-1 and stick

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with him through the World Cup. Dan

today, if he can show he can play

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the expansive game,, it puts him in

number-1 position.

Dub edition for

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the number ten jersey, but in the

back row you could pick anybody from

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six or seven players. --

competition. All considerable

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players in their own right. Thinking

of who is not involved and Sam falls

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into that equation. What does Justin

Tipuric bring to the Wales back row?

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Very high energy levels and great

handling skills. A great link. He is

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like Martyn was when he was playing.

One of the finest players I have

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played with. And in channels, it's

what he's picked for, so comfortable

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out there. And he's great tackling.

Both quality, you can see the

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balance. He has done nothing wrong

this tournament. Hopefully he can

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make an impact off the bench if he

gets the opportunity.

Talking about

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back row players and we talked about

the

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back row players and we talked about

the breakdown a lot in the course of

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this championship. There is a

temptation that the breakdown means

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the back row, but not necessarily

for stop turnovers won in the Six

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Nations, four of the top ten people

involved are French players and none

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of them play in the back row, you

have a centre, scrum-half, hooker.

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It's interesting, it's basically the

person who gets there, Sam.

People

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focus on

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person who gets there, Sam.

People

focus on the number seven when it

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comes to the breakdown, but it's a

skill that everybody has to have,

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1-23. I think France, the coaches

have told them, particularly last

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week, they were so aggressive at

going after the ball in the

0:21:460:21:50

breakdown and Machenaud is a great

example of that. He's extreme to get

0:21:500:21:54

rid of. Fran Sabin told to target

this area. In this situation, George

0:21:540:22:04

Ford is too far away. -- France have

been told to target this area. This

0:22:040:22:11

is a common theme happening here.

The France number six is on the

0:22:110:22:16

wrong side again, Lauret, and it's a

common theme, the tackled player is

0:22:160:22:24

not blown away to Greg. To combat

this, there are two things I would

0:22:240:22:28

think, one you have to get a lot

closer to the attacking player,

0:22:280:22:33

which Owen Farrell does in a

situation. If I am coaching young

0:22:330:22:36

players, I always say that you have

to be with an arm's length of the

0:22:360:22:39

bulk carrier, to get yourself a

better chance of getting there. Owen

0:22:390:22:45

Farrell is so much closer to the

bulk carrier, giving you a better

0:22:450:22:48

chance to get rid of the threat at

the breakdown. The second thing, in

0:22:480:22:52

the week to the game, you could go

to the referee as a captain or coach

0:22:520:22:58

and say, you need to roll faster.

Looking at the defence to the

0:22:580:23:04

attack.

The most pleasing thing in

this competition, a couple of clips

0:23:040:23:11

here, Tipuric out wide on the

outside. Watch how wide Tipuric is.

0:23:110:23:19

For too long Wales have been too

narrow and the forwards have been

0:23:190:23:21

very narrow. What's been really

encouraging is the forwards passing

0:23:210:23:25

the ball. Sybil pass from Alun Wyn

Jones, but for two long you have

0:23:250:23:31

seen him to get under his shoulder

and just carry. But this is out the

0:23:310:23:36

back to Hadleigh Parkes it throws a

fantastic pass. Number seven and six

0:23:360:23:40

on the outside. It's something Wales

have struggled within the past but

0:23:400:23:44

they are evolving into real lethal

attacking game for stop and that's

0:23:440:23:50

against Ireland, a strong defensive

side. And Cory Hill, the centre row,

0:23:500:23:54

we have seen in the past, around the

corner and carry up. It's great ball

0:23:540:23:59

to Scott Williams and Halfpenny

scores. This has been the most

0:23:590:24:02

encouraging thing of the campaign.

We are being coached to do that at

0:24:020:24:09

Wales. It gives you the extra player

out why to exploit the overlaps.

0:24:090:24:16

Here is the ovation, France led by

Mathieu Bastareaud, from villain to

0:24:160:24:20

hero in French rugby in six weeks,

the traditional forward role, coming

0:24:200:24:24

into the arena. Huge pyrotechnics

for the final match of this year's

0:24:240:24:29

Six Nations Championships. Serge, do

the French fans come here with

0:24:290:24:35

expectation or Hope?

Expectation,

from the way the France team played

0:24:350:24:40

lastly, we hope today they will play

without any pressure and that they

0:24:400:24:44

will be willing to throw the ball

away and get that sense of scoring

0:24:440:24:49

tries and trying to win the game.

We

talk a lot about home advantage in

0:24:490:24:54

the Six Nations, but nine of the

last 18 games between these sides

0:24:540:24:58

have been won by the waiting.

Explain that. We've had 14 matches

0:24:580:25:03

in this year's Six Nations so far,

1120 minutes of international rugby

0:25:030:25:10

if you are counting. 80 minutes ago.

And that romance took in, we have

0:25:100:25:14

had quite a day so far. Second place

is at stake in this match. -- and at

0:25:140:25:21

Rome and Twickenham, we have had

quite a day so far. Commentary after

0:25:210:25:27

the anthems comes from Jonathan

Davies, Ryan Moore and...

0:25:270:25:35

# Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrive

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# Contre nous de la tyrannie

L'etendard sanglant est leve

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# L'etendard sanglant est leve

0:25:410:25:45

# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces feroces soldats

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# Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras

Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

0:25:540:26:02

# Aux armes, citoyens

Formez vos bataillons

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# Marchons, marchons

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# Qu'un sang impur

Abreuve nos sillons # !

0:26:150:26:23

# Mae hen wlad fy nhadau

yn annwyl i mi

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# Gwlad beirdd a chantorion,

enwogion o fri

0:26:510:26:59

# Ei gwrol ryfelwyr,

gwladgarwyr tra mad

0:27:000:27:09

# Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed. #

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# Gwlad, gwlad

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# Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad

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# Tra mor yn fur i'r bur hoff bau

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COMMENTATOR: Good evening. Hello,

Alun Wyn Jones had a rest in the

0:28:110:28:22

last round but he is back in the

second row as captain. Just Navidi

0:28:220:28:27

where's the sacred seven shirt and

Justin Tipuric WES six. Dan Biggar

0:28:270:28:35

has been handed the more sacred

number ten shirt. Scott Williams

0:28:350:28:38

partnering Hadleigh Parkes in the

centre. Halfpenny at full-backs,

0:28:380:28:42

Steff Evans is the wing, but starts

on the bench. There is no Martyn in

0:28:420:28:50

a French front row, the outstanding

captain of France is injured. --

0:28:500:28:56

there is no Guilhem Guirado in the

French rent roll. -- French front

0:28:560:29:04

role.

0:29:040:29:05

It seems only yesterday Johnny

Sexton was dropping a goal in Paris

0:30:000:30:04

whose sent Ireland on the track of a

Grand Slam. They achieved that at

0:30:040:30:11

Twickenham today. This in Cardiff is

per second place. It is Wales

0:30:110:30:15

against France. Hadleigh Parkes.

Takes Wales out of their own 22.

0:30:150:30:29

Benjamin Fall, the French full-back.

His first touch. Justin Tipuric and

0:30:290:30:37

Alun Wyn Jones. Holding up. The

French prop, Jefferson Poirot. The

0:30:370:30:49

ball for Wales.

0:30:490:30:54

ball for Wales. George North over

the ball, leaves it for Gareth

0:30:550:30:57

Davies. Leigh Halfpenny. Faletau.

0:30:570:31:09

Cory Hill, scorer of a try, his

first, against Italy. Rob Evans.

0:31:120:31:20

Always try to get the ball away.

Tipuric sorts out the bouncing ball

0:31:200:31:27

and it goes- the first time. George

North with the follow-up tackle.

0:31:270:31:39

First penalty of the game.

0:31:500:31:53

Wales will be disappointed with

giving a penalty away because the

0:31:570:32:03

defensive set was good up until

then. They have to meet the

0:32:030:32:07

significant French physical

challenge first opportunity they

0:32:070:32:10

were doing. Thereafter they need to

keep the ball I've and move the big

0:32:100:32:18

French side around.

I think that is

the case. Run them out of steam. You

0:32:180:32:22

don't want to be playing in your own

22 because they are a big French

0:32:220:32:25

side. The kicking game will be

instrumental because there are some

0:32:250:32:30

big lads in Grosso and Fickou who

will be comfortable under the high

0:32:300:32:35

ball.

0:32:350:32:40

ball.

The French line-out has not

been that efficient. This one works.

0:32:410:32:52

Wales trying to push towards the

touchline. Tipuric over the ball.

0:32:520:32:57

Delays the release.

0:32:570:33:05

The first glimpse of Bastareaud on

the charge. Trinh-Duc. First points

0:33:090:33:16

of this game in Cardiff and it is

the French outside-half with the

0:33:160:33:20

drop goal.

0:33:200:33:26

drop goal.

Great start by France,

very simple. That tactic I think

0:33:270:33:33

that is underused.

It is, I just

felt he had no backs outside him,

0:33:330:33:40

the ball was slow. He had no option.

Took it very well.

Wales took the

0:33:400:33:47

restart quickly. Chaos at the back,

Liam Williams with the follow-up!

0:33:470:33:54

Confusion in the French ranks from

the moment they let the restart

0:33:540:33:57

bones, to the moment Trinh-Duc got

himself in a pickle, Liam Williams

0:33:570:34:04

with the immediate response for

Wales.

0:34:040:34:11

Wales.

Bastareaud talking to the

referee. Would it be bad for me to

0:34:110:34:18

see how typically French? Not

dealing with the kick-off, not

0:34:180:34:22

paying attention, not dealing with

the subsequent play. Whatever you

0:34:220:34:25

do, even if it does not go ten get

your hands on it.

It does go ten, it

0:34:250:34:32

bounces, they all waited.

What I'm

saying is you cannot afford to take

0:34:320:34:37

the chance. Have to claim the ball.

I don't know what Trinh-Duc is doing

0:34:370:34:43

and I think he's injured himself.

They played on and it's a very good

0:34:430:34:47

try by Wales. France will be

desperately disappointed, what a

0:34:470:34:53

shambles.

They were still

complaining when the ball did go ten

0:34:530:34:56

metres.

0:34:560:35:06

The routine of Leigh Halfpenny, if

you stern words with himself.

0:35:100:35:23

Just pushed it a little bit. Just

didn't come at all. This is the

0:35:250:35:31

kick, drops short, then it bounces

over so it's play over. Then,

0:35:310:35:38

nothing on. I have no idea what

Trinh-Duc is trying to do to be

0:35:380:35:41

honest.

0:35:410:35:43

Just outside their 22, Wales take

their time. Gareth Davies down

0:35:570:36:05

towards Fall. Tauleigne, the French

number eight. Trinh-Duc.

0:36:050:36:22

Fickou, powerful surge by Gomes Sa.

0:36:230:36:35

Poirot, the other prop. Good counter

rucking by Wales but away comes

0:36:360:36:47

Camara.

0:36:470:36:52

Camara.

I think Bastareaud is

limping after that tackle from

0:36:520:36:55

Williams.

Machenaud, this is

Doumayrou at centre. Justin Tipuric

0:36:550:37:05

twists out of the way. Drops the

ball, chance for Wales to counter.

0:37:050:37:13

Scott Williams, Liam Williams. Leigh

Halfpenny sets off in pursuit.

0:37:130:37:17

Gareth Davies with him. Grosso

covering back for France.

Everyone

0:37:170:37:25

knows Wales, two plusses, get it

away from the traffic, good play,

0:37:250:37:31

good kick, all from the turnover.

Very good attacking position for

0:37:310:37:35

Wales.

So often you see the first

receiver of the turnover being a

0:37:350:37:43

kick, I spent its best to push it

through two pairs of hands then you

0:37:430:37:46

can make the decision.

Tipuric. Wins

the line-out. Penalty advantage

0:37:460:37:55

Wales. It's a free play. It's also

forward progress from the forwards.

0:37:550:38:03

Gareth Davies on his own for the

moment, cannot find Liam Williams

0:38:030:38:08

but there was the advantage. This is

another point for Wales.

France have

0:38:080:38:17

shown throughout the championship if

they get put under pressure they are

0:38:170:38:19

prone to giving away penalties.

I

think it's so important, France are

0:38:190:38:25

always going to give you

opportunities. We saw in the

0:38:250:38:30

Scotland game, Scotland winning on

kicks but you got to play in the

0:38:300:38:36

right areas and you will get

penalties from an ill disciplined

0:38:360:38:39

French side. For some reason they

cannot giving penalties away.

0:38:390:38:52

Not for the first time this

championship Vahaamahina gives away

0:38:520:38:55

a penalty.

He is very adept at it.

You can say that.

0:38:550:39:07

Missed with his first, readjusted

for his second.

The penalty is good.

0:39:390:39:46

Wells extend their lead, 8-3. --

Wales extend their lead.

0:39:460:39:55

Not Hadleigh Parkes this time,

George North. Catches the restart.

0:40:050:40:13

Justin Tipuric under real pressure

from Pelissie. Gareth Davies, deep

0:40:130:40:27

towards Benjamin Fall. Back up into

the slightly hazy air. Good

0:40:270:40:35

follow-up tackle. Does well to get

it back.

0:40:350:40:45

it back. Gareth Davies looks

outside-half. He was at the bottom

0:40:450:40:50

of the ruck. It bounces. Everyone is

onside says the referee. France

0:40:500:41:01

surge forward. Bastareaud are not

limping now. Camara held by Liam

0:41:010:41:09

Williams.

0:41:090:41:18

Williams. Pops it up for Machenaud.

Pelissie, good slip from the hooker,

0:41:180:41:23

on comes Doumayrou.

0:41:230:41:29

on comes Doumayrou. Quicker hands

this time. It's gone loose again.

0:41:290:41:36

Tipuric improvises well. Liam

Williams. Slightly on his own. For

0:41:360:41:40

the moment. Gareth Davies arrives.

Scott Williams. Navidi. Hadleigh

0:41:400:41:55

Parkes puts too much on it. There

was a Welsh overlap.

There was, but

0:41:550:42:03

as it started in the autumn, they

did not engage defenders so when you

0:42:030:42:07

create numbers you have to engage a

defender otherwise they drift on

0:42:070:42:11

onto the centre the winner so it

looked as if you've got an overlap

0:42:110:42:15

but unless you engage them they are

just going to drift onto it so they

0:42:150:42:19

have to straighten up a little bit.

Squared shoulders up, hold

0:42:190:42:22

defenders.

0:42:220:42:27

defenders.

Pelissie has been very

prominent. Quick ball from the

0:42:320:42:36

line-out. The loop play. Liam

Williams key men of his wing to take

0:42:360:42:45

the man.

0:42:450:42:53

Just a penalty. He's the ball.

Holding on and dangerous into the

0:42:550:43:05

tackle, penalty.

Interesting, little

runaround by the French. The

0:43:050:43:09

interesting thing to me was the back

three of Wales, defended very well.

0:43:090:43:15

Liam Williams spotted the last man

was Halfpenny. Creative stuff from

0:43:150:43:20

France.

0:43:200:43:26

France.

That's the replay. Good

position. Over the ball. Feet above

0:43:270:43:34

the horizontal, that is the reason

for the penalty.

Again it's just

0:43:340:43:42

silly play.

Yes.

Another penalty

against France, this time for taking

0:43:420:43:47

Justin Tipuric and the air. It's a

free pass and a chance for George

0:43:470:43:52

North. No advantage. Back to the

line-out infringement. It's an easy

0:43:520:44:01

one to spot.

It is so obvious, the

question you might pose is what goes

0:44:010:44:07

to a player 's mind when he decides

to do that and the answer is

0:44:070:44:11

nothing.

0:44:110:44:16

nothing. That visually obvious as

well, not subtle.

Gabrillagues who

0:44:160:44:22

gave it away.

0:44:220:44:27

gave it away.

Everyone in the

stadium saw what he did wrong.

To be

0:44:270:44:31

fair to France I think they have

improved game on game in this year

0:44:310:44:35

's Six Nations. But this is a

constant problem and if you are

0:44:350:44:40

giving penalties away that are

needless...

Jacques Brunel had gone

0:44:400:44:45

into semiretirement. Certainly on

the international scene. The one

0:44:450:44:51

thing he's always done, his players

love him they want to play for him

0:44:510:44:56

and the old coach lost the changing

room.

They will have to play for him

0:44:560:45:02

this summer, they have a nice, easy

to of New Zealand!

0:45:020:45:07

The last one before it and now this

one, straight to the middle. 11-3.

0:45:270:45:37

It's not just the fact that you

concede points from kickable

0:45:370:45:40

positions like France did there, it

is that it constantly takes away any

0:45:400:45:45

momentum you have. It gives the

initiative to the opposition, and

0:45:450:45:48

territory as well.

0:45:480:45:53

Hadleigh Parkes calls for it. France

with some late counter rucking which

0:45:560:46:07

does hold it up.

0:46:070:46:12

Dan Biggar.

0:46:120:46:18

That's a good clearance.

It's a good

exit. Restarts are a very unrelated

0:46:180:46:23

part of the game, they are

absolutely crucial -- a very

0:46:230:46:30

underrated part of the game. Very

simple, good catch, two drives.

0:46:300:46:35

Vahaamahina catches, Pelissie with

the throw and he goes to the back of

0:46:450:46:51

the maul.

0:46:510:46:59

Wales hold the maul up.

He was

talking. Players can to help him.

0:46:590:47:07

Did not go to ground. Now Wales can

clear their lines again.

Technical

0:47:070:47:17

defect, getting the ball to the back

but not keeping there.

0:47:170:47:24

Alun Wyn Jones able to just come

around and put his hand on the ball

0:47:240:47:30

and direct everything.

0:47:300:47:35

It can be quite a lonely place,

stuck on your own in the middle of a

0:47:350:47:40

French maul.

It can be! When there

are not as many cameras, certainly.

0:47:400:47:49

No idea! Bagley. -- thankfully.

Tom

Francis.

0:47:490:48:06

Gomes Sa is the French tight head.

From Guinea-Bissau originally which

0:48:140:48:22

is more Portuguese by history. He

came to Lisbon, then to France. It's

0:48:220:48:32

a bit too messy. Gareth Davies takes

it quickly.

0:48:320:48:39

it quickly. Support arrives, Tipuric

to scrum-half, Rob Evans. Faletau.

0:48:390:48:46

Scott Williams long, Liam Williams.

No touch. Play on. Faletau. Acting

0:48:460:48:58

scrum-half. Cory Hill above his

head. Faletau again. Dan Biggar.

0:48:580:49:07

George North in pursuit. Navidi

also. George North gets hands to it,

0:49:070:49:12

went backwards.

0:49:120:49:15

Faletau, Tipuric. Ken Owens. First

there. Go the other way says

0:49:210:49:30

everybody. Rob Evans. That is out of

play this time.

0:49:300:49:39

play this time.

Both attacks, the

site are not committing much to the

0:49:410:49:44

rucks and mauls, now straightening

it up so defence is very comfortable

0:49:440:49:48

on both sides. There is the hit.

0:49:480:50:01

20 stones and that the centre.

0:50:010:50:10

Camara wins the line-out. Machenaud

thinks there's a bit of space up the

0:50:240:50:33

blindside, Fickou, gets the past two

Pelissie, Lauret with him, good

0:50:330:50:38

tackle by Liam Williams. Machenaud,

Vahaamahina, Poirot, it's going to

0:50:380:50:45

be a try for Fickou.

0:50:450:50:53

So often when you see opportunities

made you don't see players

0:50:530:50:59

finishing, the panic and take the

wrong option. But there tremendous

0:50:590:51:03

play by France. Recognition of the

right time to release the ball.

0:51:030:51:13

Brilliant play, first of all the

forwards, the inter-passing down the

0:51:130:51:16

right-hand side and once they've

done the break down the right-hand

0:51:160:51:19

side everyone congregates, there he

is, Fickou started it off, he's on

0:51:190:51:27

the ground, Pelissie spends, Lauret

on the outside and once you've

0:51:270:51:31

attracted all the traffic defenders

to the right-hand side there you go

0:51:310:51:35

it's a lovely pass and Fickou is

there, he started it and he finishes

0:51:350:51:39

it under the post. Brilliant French

try.

0:51:390:51:43

Conversion is good from Maxime

Machenaud.

So many times you see

0:51:550:52:05

players in this position wanting to

run into the defender instead of

0:52:050:52:09

drawing players properly but he's

immediately available, it means the

0:52:090:52:15

Welsh outweighed could not

reorganise, to be fair to the Welsh

0:52:150:52:20

defenders on the outside they had an

impossible task because there were

0:52:200:52:23

three or four French players outside

them.

Back under way after a little

0:52:230:52:29

bit of brilliance from Fickou.

0:52:290:52:36

Doumayrou, France asking for a bit

more ground, Wayne Barnes unmoved.

0:52:520:53:03

France picked off a Welshpool.

Doumayrou. Fall.

0:53:130:53:21

Trinh-Duc, France going from side to

side, beautifully picked up, now by

0:53:300:53:34

Liam Williams. Gareth Davies. Ken

Owens there but France have numbers.

0:53:340:53:46

The game has come alive.

I was just

going to say, thoroughly enjoyable

0:53:470:53:51

so far from both sides.

Lovely cross

kick. Camara almost gets it.

0:53:510:54:04

kick. Camara almost gets it. Think

it's his latencies injured.

0:54:040:54:10

it's his latencies injured.

Williams

committed himself because he saw the

0:54:110:54:12

other Welsh player was grounded and

there would have been an overlap.

I

0:54:120:54:21

love the variety in France's play.

When there are a lot of defenders in

0:54:210:54:24

front of them, Fickou passes it,

Pelissie, all the defenders are

0:54:240:54:31

attracted to that area, everyone

goes there, all the players are

0:54:310:54:35

there, bouncing ball, dutiful pass,

it's a great line. Brilliant try.

0:54:350:54:49

We have more than one French player

down. Camara is carrying on. But

0:54:520:54:58

Zach Fulton try scorer, he is fine.

This is Camara, he does not look too

0:54:580:55:04

good at all.

They will not want

Camara to go off, he's been one of

0:55:040:55:13

their consistent performers.

0:55:130:55:23

Doumayrou is back on his feet.

0:55:280:55:31

Faletau protect it. Leigh Halfpenny.

0:55:510:56:04

Doumayrou has him.

0:56:040:56:06

Dan Biggar delivers safely, Cory

Hill. One of the finds of the

0:56:140:56:19

season, Cory Hill. Second row of the

Dragons. Liam Williams.

0:56:190:56:30

Dragons. Liam Williams. The captain,

Wales second most capped player of

0:56:300:56:31

all time. 117 today. Evans makes a

yard or two through the tackle.

0:56:310:56:40

Scott Williams, Faletau. Hadleigh

Parkes. Leigh Halfpenny stretches

0:56:400:56:47

out with an arm. Josh Navidi. Spun

round. Good angle, good pass, Alun

0:56:470:56:58

Wyn Jones, good off-load by the

captain again. Rob Evans. Scott

0:56:580:57:04

Williams.

0:57:040:57:12

Williams. Bastareaud over the ball.

The referee whistle goes.

0:57:120:57:20

The referee whistle goes.

You see

him doing the hard graft, Alun Wyn

0:57:210:57:23

Jones. And the ambition and the

dexterity for that off-load. What

0:57:230:57:29

Wales are doing well at the moment

is they are clearing French

0:57:290:57:34

defenders out. France have caused

other teams significant problems

0:57:340:57:38

around the breakdown all over the

field. Whilst Wales perhaps are not

0:57:380:57:44

engaging and are a bit too deep

whilst they are making the pass and

0:57:440:57:47

Arab lateral they are retaining the

ball and doing it well.

They are

0:57:470:57:53

holding the inside defenders. Scott

Williams needs to take it may be a

0:57:530:57:57

yard closer to the defensive line

and just hold that one and then they

0:57:570:58:01

can break in numbers but this guy, I

tell you what, his game has improved

0:58:010:58:04

year-on-year. He works on something

and this year, from the autumn as

0:58:040:58:10

well, is lines of running, giving an

option to the scrum-half, has been

0:58:100:58:14

brilliant. He just runs a great line

on the blindside shoulder of a

0:58:140:58:19

defender.

This was the moment away

Bastareaud goes in for it and it is

0:58:190:58:27

a knock-on somewhere.

Unfortunate

there. Scott Williams got a bang on

0:58:270:58:33

the head. He will have to get off

and get it checked. Interesting to

0:58:330:58:40

see what they do here.

It looks as

if the day is done for Camara.

It

0:58:400:58:50

interesting because you've got Steff

Evans who can command, George North

0:58:500:58:53

can go in the centre or they could

put Gareth Anscombe on and put Dan

0:58:530:58:59

Biggar at number 12. Let's see what

happens. He's up on his feet.

0:58:590:59:04

Surprises me I think that he had a

bang on the head but he must have

0:59:040:59:09

been thoroughly checked and can play

on.

0:59:090:59:15

on.

Babillot comes into the French

back row, his first cap.

0:59:160:59:27

Always a proud moment, first cap. He

will be thrilled and children should

0:59:290:59:32

be. -- and so he should be.

The

missing captain in the middle.

0:59:320:59:45

George North into midfield. Scott

Williams, straight into it.

1:00:201:00:29

Bastareaud covered. Williams and

Hadleigh Parkes have to get back

1:00:291:00:32

with a lot of French shirts

breathing down on them. Stolen by

1:00:321:00:39

France. Liam Williams looked up.

Poirot long and police seek drops

1:00:391:00:47

the ball.

The front row, and those

other players you want it there if

1:00:471:00:54

you are a Frenchman. Great

opportunity again, the turnover

1:00:541:00:56

ball.

1:00:561:01:01

ball.

You see here... We haven't got

a kick, but... You've got to drop on

1:01:011:01:08

that, slide, make sure your body is

there.

1:01:081:01:19

there.

Can't take the pass at shin

level, Adrien Pelissie.

Try to get

1:01:201:01:29

the ball out to him, and

unfortunately not the best pass for

1:01:291:01:33

Pelissie to take.

1:01:331:01:42

Burying gauge. -- Brillante engage

-- pre-engage.

It's a modern thing.

1:02:041:02:20

It means going girly to get the

advantage, the weight going forward.

1:02:201:02:26

The only way I can describe it is if

you are setting off for a sprint and

1:02:261:02:31

you're set of leaning forward on the

front foot, see how much quicker you

1:02:311:02:36

get away than when you are leaning

on the back foot. It's a small

1:02:361:02:40

thing, but it makes a difference,

which is why they are trying to stop

1:02:401:02:43

it.

1:02:431:02:50

Seems all right this time. The

captains might want to get it away a

1:02:501:02:55

bit quickly. Hadleigh Parkes

couldn't quite time his run.

Head to

1:02:551:02:58

head there.

Machenaud...

Ken Owens

is also limping. A wonderful catch

1:02:581:03:06

by George North. As to leave the

scrum-half alone.

That should be a

1:03:061:03:13

penalty.

Rob Evans at scrum-half.

Navidi in midfield.

1:03:131:03:24

Bastareaud came a little late on

Hadleigh Parkes. But they are all

1:03:241:03:29

back in position.

1:03:291:03:37

back in position.

A high tackle, a

simple tackle.

1:03:371:03:47

Pelissie has had a rough minute.

Just can't go over the shoulder

1:03:551:04:00

again. Can't do it.

1:04:001:04:05

again. Can't do it. Today's game,

you can't go over the top of the

1:04:051:04:08

shoulder. You are going to get

penalised.

On that occasion he

1:04:081:04:12

couldn't claim the player was going

down or was slept. Just aimed too

1:04:121:04:16

high. -- or slipped. It's an ill

disciplined penalty, wasn't

1:04:161:04:26

necessary. As all the options open

to tackle wherever he wants, and he

1:04:261:04:30

chooses the wrong one.

1:04:301:04:39

Just like the last two, Keyes said.

Just like the last two.

1:04:571:05:04

Even better.

He's found his range

now. Just punched the first one. Now

1:05:081:05:21

he's in there. All the French

players know him, he knows how good

1:05:211:05:27

he is and the length of his kick as

well. He has been over into Long,

1:05:271:05:31

and in the end they give five

penalties away now.

A bit of a gap

1:05:311:05:39

behind Faletau, who turned well and

took it.

1:05:391:05:47

took it. Made up for lost ground.

1:05:471:05:49

The big handoff from Remi Grasso,

seen for the first time. Hadleigh

1:06:111:06:19

Parkes with the tackle in the end.

1:06:191:06:30

Again, France's recycling pretty

quickly.

1:06:391:06:42

The first one looked a little

forward. That looked more than a

1:06:521:06:55

little forward.

France throwing a

few inside Bourse. Fall looks very

1:06:551:07:03

dangerous when he gets the ball. --

inside balls. Clearly forward. One

1:07:031:07:11

thing rugby union has to work on is

the decoy runners. They have to time

1:07:111:07:17

their run, after look like they have

the ball, stay behind the ball. It's

1:07:171:07:22

so easy for defenders just to drift.

That's just an example, you can see

1:07:221:07:28

the wider context, but what Wales

will not want to happen is France

1:07:281:07:33

start to get beyond the initial

defence. The scrambled defence is

1:07:331:07:38

good, has been good, but surely as a

defence coach, you would far prefer

1:07:381:07:42

it not to come into play.

Ireland

are listening to Paul Grayson, the

1:07:421:07:47

old England outside half, talking at

about France before the tournament

1:07:471:07:52

began, saying they were so

protectable nowadays. They come in

1:07:521:07:55

with runners, around they come. But

this game and this campaign, they

1:07:551:08:00

have offered much more with the

crossfield kicks and passing game,

1:08:001:08:03

short and long. What can Benjamin

Fall do? Up into the air. Gareth

1:08:031:08:12

Davies is up and underneath it.

Justin Tipuric, over the ball.

1:08:121:08:20

Faletau. Tipuric began at

scrum-half. Gareth Davies, slowly

1:08:201:08:28

back up to his feet. He's right now.

1:08:281:08:32

Gael Fickou under pressure from Liam

Williams, and Liam Williams seizes

1:08:381:08:42

the ball majestically. Scott

Williams flicks it up for Ken Owens.

1:08:421:08:49

The Heather Kerr makes a couple of

yours, good yards. Hitting them hard

1:08:491:08:55

in midfield. -- the

1:08:551:09:06

in midfield. -- the hooker. Scott

Williams onto Tom Francis.

1:09:061:09:17

Faletau tried to cut the angle.

1:09:221:09:28

Tackle by Bastareaud.

There he is,

Mathieu Bastareaud. Such a

1:09:281:09:35

powerhouse. Not just in the tackle,

but over the tackle.

He's very

1:09:351:09:39

strong over the ball. What Wales

have to do as well, a couple of

1:09:391:09:46

opportunities there, but Scott

Williams against a couple of the

1:09:461:09:49

front row players. After spot the

run and call for the ball when they

1:09:491:09:52

see a mismatch on the front row

forward, especially this late into

1:09:521:09:56

the first half.

It's the same for

Wales. Make the most in recognising

1:09:561:10:04

there were number is clear. Liam

Williams just slightly overrun, the

1:10:041:10:08

man on the outside. Navidi just gets

the ball away. There was a gap, had

1:10:081:10:16

he been two yards deeper he would

have been in the corner.

To the

1:10:161:10:21

short side, no missed passes. You

are right, Brian. Hold his depth,

1:10:211:10:26

and it was a chance.

Popped up for

Bastareaud. Pelissie.

1:10:261:10:38

Poirot, not a great pass for

Doumayrou. He's a strong old

1:10:381:10:42

customer too.

1:10:421:10:47

customer too. Another tackle by Cory

Hill. 34 out of 44 was his tackle

1:10:471:10:54

stats for the championship. Wales

slowdown.

1:10:541:11:04

slowdown. Doumayrou held up by

Tipuric and Scott Williams. The

1:11:051:11:08

referee says Maul. Wales get a put

in off the scrum.

Roux good work by

1:11:081:11:18

Tipuric.

1:11:181:11:23

Tipuric.

-- good work by Tipuric.

The rules of the ruck didn't apply

1:11:261:11:33

and Wales get the effective

turnover.

1:11:331:11:39

turnover.

They are all in there,

Cory Hill, Tipuric, Scott Williams.

1:11:391:11:43

Turnover ball.

1:11:431:11:53

Wales earn themselves a penalty at

the scrummage.

What this will do

1:12:201:12:28

now, it's a penalty, looks rather

innocuous, but no, the line-out in

1:12:281:12:33

the French half. Wales should win

it, and maybe you get something just

1:12:331:12:37

before half-time. There's no need

for it in the scrum.

1:12:371:12:47

for it in the scrum.

And maybe

knowing it's so close to half-time,

1:12:471:12:49

Dan Biggar went for a little bit

more yardage there. A good to touch.

1:12:491:12:58

Trying to get an explanation,

Jefferson Poirot. Solve a mystery!

1:12:581:13:02

Of why he was penalised.

1:13:021:13:08

Of why he was penalised.

Liam

Williams off his wing and then

1:13:091:13:11

appended. -- then up ended. France

control the undignified process

1:13:111:13:18

pretty well. Wales are still on the

attack and Liam Williams did well to

1:13:181:13:25

present.

1:13:251:13:27

Scott Williams straightens, twists.

Again, it's... It's that holding up

1:13:331:13:41

and holding on that costs the

attacking team.

1:13:411:13:49

attacking team.

A bit streetwise by

Gareth Davies. I'm sure he knew it

1:13:501:13:55

wasn't his penalty, but if you say,

you made the mistake, you

1:13:551:13:59

effectively denied the opposition

the opportunity to do the same and

1:13:591:14:02

I'm not surprised fans were upset

about it.

1:14:021:14:10

about it.

One try apiece in the

first half. We are into overtime at

1:14:101:14:13

the interval. France will make their

way slowly towards the line-out. One

1:14:131:14:20

last chance.

1:14:201:14:26

last chance.

This is when game

management comes into it. France

1:14:261:14:29

have one Chansiri on out. The next

breakdown, the whistle goes. What do

1:14:291:14:34

you do? Attack like normal and see

where you go, or Punch three, four,

1:14:341:14:42

five times, drop the ball in the

middle and see where you go.

Here

1:14:421:14:48

comes Bastareaud. Still going.

Get

over the gain line.

1:14:481:14:56

A brilliant bit of ripping by Scott

Williams. If Grosso has a trademark

1:15:001:15:10

handoff,...

There you go, take the

points. Williams taking out the man

1:15:101:15:16

beyond the ball.

Grosso flat on his

back. Doesn't look good for the

1:15:161:15:25

French captain.

They have the

penalty, it will give them the

1:15:251:15:28

chance of three points before

half-time. That's exactly what I'm

1:15:281:15:32

talking about, moving the ball wide

and getting into situations where

1:15:321:15:36

you have

1:15:361:15:41

you have your forward and round the

corner several times and you are

1:15:451:15:48

virtually guaranteed.

It's beyond

the ball.

He had a word with him

1:15:481:15:55

last week and took him off. Look,

just curb it a little bit. You wear

1:15:551:16:00

your heart on your sleeve, and that

maybe makes you the player you are,

1:16:001:16:05

but sometimes you have to curb it,

just little things like that. Try to

1:16:051:16:14

counter ruck.

Virtually within a

metre of the bowl. Within a metre

1:16:141:16:22

you'll probably get away with taking

a player. Anything like that and you

1:16:221:16:26

won't. And if you do take a player

come you can't carry on running with

1:16:261:16:32

him. You have to let him go and play

on with the game.

A very

1:16:321:16:37

load-bearing joint, the ankle under

Mathieu Bastareaud. But he's still

1:16:371:16:42

on the pitch. Maybe he thinks he can

get to half-time and get a bit of

1:16:421:16:46

treatment and then see what's what.

Meanwhile, the most accurate kicker

1:16:461:16:50

in this year's tournament, Maxime

Machenaud.

1:16:501:17:01

It's a rare miss by Machenaud. Wales

will go in at half-time with a four

1:17:151:17:23

point lead. Wales 14-10 France.

1:17:231:17:35

STUDIO: It's an interesting contest,

if it hasn't quite caught fire yet.

1:17:351:17:43

Thanks to Francois Trinh-Duc, Liam

Williams scoring a try in the corner

1:17:431:17:46

after Trinh-Duc himself had given

France the lead. Just four points in

1:17:461:17:52

it. It's a good way to finish off

this championship and it's anybody's

1:17:521:17:59

game. What more could you want on

this Saturday evening? First

1:17:591:18:04

thoughts, Sam Warburton?

Entertaining game, both teams

1:18:041:18:06

playing. Wales attacking, France

deep in their half. Both teams want

1:18:061:18:13

to win and they want to score tries.

1:18:131:18:14

deep in their half. Both teams want

to win and they want to score tries.

1:18:141:18:15

It's good for us, good for the

neutral, but France have looked

1:18:151:18:19

really good, I think. France looking

good structurally. They look good

1:18:191:18:22

off the ball, organising well. I

think they are looking dangerous.

1:18:221:18:27

It's good for the sport as a whole

that France are looking and getting

1:18:271:18:31

better progressively in this

tournament.

We can definitely see

1:18:311:18:34

the way they are pushing the game.

They started well with the drop

1:18:341:18:39

goal. But they didn't adjust to that

exception and the Welsh scored the

1:18:391:18:48

try. So far there were some positive

and negative. I want to say that the

1:18:481:18:55

way they play is really interesting

and hopefully it will give us more

1:18:551:19:01

belief and a more positive attitude.

You talk about the kick reception.

1:19:011:19:06

An extraordinary preamble to the

Liam Williams try. What was going on

1:19:061:19:11

with the restart?

It was a Comedy of

1:19:111:19:14

Liam Williams try. What was going on

with the restart?

It was a Comedy of

1:19:141:19:14

Errors from the French point of

view. A great start and the drop

1:19:141:19:17

goal. Wales will have highlighted

there is a lot of space on the ten

1:19:171:19:20

metre line. Doumayrou is a player we

have highlighted. Alun Wyn Jones is

1:19:201:19:28

much sharper. He knows it will

bounce. It's a great kick from Scott

1:19:281:19:32

Williams. And this is a laurel and

Hardy moment from Trinh-Duc. He's

1:19:321:19:38

holding his knee

1:19:381:19:44

holding his knee as if he has

injured it but it's comical. France

1:19:441:19:48

making simple mistakes to lead Wales

back into the game the.

It is

1:19:481:19:52

decision-making where we have

struggled to make decisions, going

1:19:521:19:58

for the ball and making sure we stop

the action. The referee recall in it

1:19:581:20:03

afterwards. You need to make the

decision first.

Imagining a still

1:20:031:20:10

photo of Francois

1:20:101:20:11

decision first.

Imagining a still

photo of Francois Trinh-Duc doing

1:20:111:20:13

that. Liam Williams scoring there,

and he gave away a wanton penalty at

1:20:131:20:15

the end that Wales got away with.

Interesting the relationship he has

1:20:151:20:19

with Warren Gatland, who obviously

thinks he is a great player, but

1:20:191:20:23

understands that amid the volatility

there are some personal issues as

1:20:231:20:26

well.

The way he dealt with it last

week, his punishment was not coming

1:20:261:20:34

back on last week. Some players you

can give tough love, some players

1:20:341:20:39

you need to put your arm around. You

can give Liam Williams some tough

1:20:391:20:43

love and he will take it on the chin

and come back better dustup he's

1:20:431:20:48

known for giving players a second

chance and he has done that this

1:20:481:20:50

week.

The French tried was like the

France of old.

1:20:501:20:53

week.

The French tried was like the

France of old.

Definitely. We can

1:20:531:20:57

see from the set piece, Machenaud

going to the blindside and serving

1:20:571:21:03

his winger. After that we get Le

Roux in support. Gael Fickou will

1:21:031:21:13

take up the space and target to get

through and score the amazing drive.

1:21:131:21:19

This is what France have been

exceptional on that try. Also keep

1:21:191:21:26

the composure and keep the space and

try to play wide.

It's all about

1:21:261:21:31

getting Gael Fickou that try.

Working midfield and spot the gap.

1:21:311:21:37

He burst onto the scene a few years

ago and was a real star of the

1:21:371:21:41

future. Hasn't quite kicked on, but

that was brilliant to watch.

1:21:411:21:47

Sometimes we have seen France rather

do the Conservative thing and go

1:21:471:21:50

narrow, but they got a couple of

turnovers. They got a line break,

1:21:501:21:57

two passes, got where the defence

was disorganised and you can see on

1:21:571:22:00

a couple of angles Wales were slow

to get back into shape and they have

1:22:001:22:04

exploited Wales in the midfield and

got their reward. France doing well

1:22:041:22:07

off the line breaks and exploiting

the Wales weak points.

What France

1:22:071:22:12

have done well is away penalties in

all aspects of the game. A whole

1:22:121:22:16

raft of them. Whether it's offside,

not releasing, whatever, line-outs.

1:22:161:22:21

What do you put it down to?

It's

about the pressure of the game.

1:22:211:22:31

Sometimes they are not lucid at

certain points.

1:22:311:22:37

certain points. It has cost them a

lot. It's something where you can't

1:22:381:22:43

be clinical and keep your composure.

Some penalties you give away because

1:22:431:22:51

you are under pressure and you need

to give penalties away. What France

1:22:511:22:55

do is let teams off the hook by

giving away silly penalties.

1:22:551:22:58

Jonathan touched on it in

commentary. You have Leigh Halfpenny

1:22:581:23:02

in the opposition. You know anything

within 50 metres has to be squeaky

1:23:021:23:06

clean. You mentioned it's all

different types of penalties, not

1:23:061:23:11

just in the contact area. It scrums

and line-outs. You can't get a

1:23:111:23:16

foothold in the game and it kills

momentum.

That's the momentum with

1:23:161:23:21

penalties. It's not just the three

points you give away, it the

1:23:211:23:25

opposition the opportunity to kick

the ball 30 yards downfield and you

1:23:251:23:30

are suddenly in defence after being

in attack. Penalties are a killer

1:23:301:23:33

from momentum perspective.

Brian

said in commentary when there was a

1:23:331:23:39

penalty at the line-out, he said,

people ask, what are players

1:23:391:23:43

thinking when they give away a

penalty like that, and the answer

1:23:431:23:45

is, they are not thinking. It is

possible, even in the cauldron of

1:23:451:23:51

the Principality Stadium, it's

possible to zone out for a second.

1:23:511:23:54

It is. We have the ability to sit

here with all the slow motion, it's

1:23:541:24:01

happening out there at 100 mph. Some

of the decisions are pretty poor.

1:24:011:24:05

But when it is constantly happening,

the coaches, Shaun Edwards for

1:24:051:24:09

instance, if you give penalties

away, you will not be in the team

1:24:091:24:12

the following weekend.

Giving away

penalties come you want to stay in

1:24:121:24:16

single figures at the end of the

game. As soon as you are going into

1:24:161:24:19

double figures with penalties, you

are in trouble.

That also comes with

1:24:191:24:24

the pressure you apply on your

opponent. You create a lot of

1:24:241:24:32

tension. You don't pay attention to

some detail, and you definitely make

1:24:321:24:36

mistakes.

One other thing to talk

about, Scott Williams, it appeared

1:24:361:24:40

that he took a heck of a bang to the

head in contact with a French knee.

1:24:401:24:48

We are not qualified doctors appear.

You look at that and instantly think

1:24:481:24:51

it must be a head injury assessment,

but perhaps not.

Not every blow to

1:24:511:24:59

the head is HIA. The neck gets to

wrench back here. I think it's more

1:24:591:25:08

a neck wound than head wound.

Any

fans watching who think, why didn't

1:25:081:25:14

he get taken off the HIA, in any

game of professional rugby you have

1:25:141:25:19

a medical professional watching the

laptop, they have a three second

1:25:191:25:22

delay on the game, and they are

constantly looking for anybody who

1:25:221:25:26

might have a HIA, how are they on

their feet, do they look wobbly or

1:25:261:25:31

show any symptoms? Scott was not

showing any symptoms, and if

1:25:311:25:34

anything now we are overcautious to

make sure HIAs do not occur. Scott

1:25:341:25:39

has his neck in an awkward position

but it's clearly not an HIA.

Two

1:25:391:25:47

games earlier today. A very

contrasting games. The one in Rome

1:25:471:25:52

was a thriller. Sensational advert

for the Six Nations and it

1:25:521:25:55

definitely banished any thoughts of

Italy not been worth their place in

1:25:551:25:59

the championship. They should have

windbag, squandering so me try

1:25:591:26:03

scoring opportunities was a look

like Tommy Allen had given them the

1:26:031:26:06

match with four minutes to go, but

then Mr reliable for Scotland, Greig

1:26:061:26:10

Laidlaw with that kick, 90 seconds

on the clock, winning the match for

1:26:101:26:15

Scotland. As for the game at

Twickenham, so much at stake, but

1:26:151:26:19

what a game.

1:26:191:26:22

COMMENTATOR: Coming down with the

snowflakes, Anthony Watson waiting.

1:26:241:26:31

The ball is loose. Ireland

celebrate. Opportunity again for

1:26:311:26:36

Ireland. Peter O Marni was taken in

the air so Ireland have the

1:26:361:26:42

advantage. Ireland up to the line.

Touching down, that will be a try.

1:26:421:26:54

England still hammering at the door.

Once more, it's the forwards.

1:26:541:27:01

Advantage to England.

1:27:011:27:06

Dylan Hartley crying for it from

Wrigglesworth. A little stab and

1:27:061:27:13

Elliot Daly gets it down. Try for

England.

1:27:131:27:20

England. Carbery onto Ringrose.

Ireland making good ground.

1:27:211:27:27

Stockdale chasing down his own chip.

Can't quite gather, but now he can!

1:27:271:27:33

He thinks he has it down before the

line. It's a huge blow for England.

1:27:331:27:40

You may award the try.

A third try

for Ireland. Advantage to England,

1:27:401:27:47

the penalty coming. England have to

score now. Mike Brown, has Elliot

1:27:471:27:54

Daly outside. And Elliot Daly will

score now for England. Is there

1:27:541:27:59

still a chance for England to come

back?

1:27:591:28:06

A chance out wide for Jonny May, who

scores for England. Again, the

1:28:061:28:11

celebrations are all for Ireland.

STUDIO: Owen Farrell did not have

1:28:111:28:17

his kicking boots on, England did

not even get a losing bonus point.

1:28:171:28:22

Italy finishing with the Wooden

Spoon yet again. England finish

1:28:221:28:26

fifth, their worst ever finishing

position since the Six Nations were

1:28:261:28:30

introduced in the year 2000. As

things stand, if the match remains

1:28:301:28:35

this way, it will mean Wales will

finish second. But well behind

1:28:351:28:42

Ireland, who got three extra points

for winning a Grand Slam. The trophy

1:28:421:28:46

lift and moment of triumph at

Twickenham today. After what

1:28:461:28:50

happened at Cheltenham this week,

what a week for Irish sport. I can

1:28:501:28:54

only imagine what it's like in

Richmond and Twickenham and the

1:28:541:28:57

surrounding areas. We can hear from

coach Joe Schmidt. Is proud of

1:28:571:29:02

emotion?

Absolutely.

1:29:021:29:08

emotion?

Absolutely. Players like

Chris and Robbie Henshaw, who

1:29:081:29:13

weren't playing today but

contributed immensely to the

1:29:131:29:15

championship. That's the whole

squad. They have really earned it.

1:29:151:29:23

Congratulations, and joy it.

Cheers.

Whoa Eddie Jones has been speaking

1:29:231:29:31

on radio five live saying the Six

Nations has gone but the World Cup

1:29:311:29:34

remains the optimum goal for

England.

He said several players

1:29:341:29:37

playing for England to date have

played their last game for England.

1:29:371:29:41

You decide who that might be.

1:29:411:29:44

Tom Ellis stretches away!

1:30:091:30:13

One hand off-load to Gareth Thomas.

1:30:181:30:26

The challenge is silver skydivers

for sport relief. It's about getting

1:30:361:30:41

people over the age of 60 doing a

tandem skydive purely to show that

1:30:411:30:46

at the age of 60 you don't have to

retire to your chair. Denise is my

1:30:461:30:53

ruck.

I am 85 years old, I'm the

Guinness book of records holder as

1:30:531:30:58

the oldest woman skydiver in the

world. I am here to tell them you're

1:30:581:31:02

the fear and do it anyway.

This is

me facing one of the biggest fears

1:31:021:31:08

I've ever had. I need to overcome it

and I will be a very proud man. To

1:31:081:31:17

support me and my amazing silver

skydivers go to BBC .co .uk/ sport

1:31:171:31:21

relief.

1:31:211:31:29

It's a much more difficult gig being

in a hospitality box here at the

1:31:291:31:33

Principality Stadium, we are

discussing which one of them would

1:31:331:31:37

most like to piggyback on the back

of Gareth Thomas and jump out of a

1:31:371:31:42

plane and I think it was you?

I felt

wobbly on my

1:31:421:31:49

wobbly on my chair. I

he looked like

a World War I pilot. There are 40

1:31:491:31:54

minutes left of the Six Nations and

it is poised, that is Gareth

1:31:541:32:00

Edwards, I don't think he wants,

maybe he is just ringing Gareth

1:32:001:32:04

Thomas seeing any chance of me

jumping out of a plane with you?

1:32:041:32:09

Anyway, 40 minutes left of the Six

Nations and it's been an

1:32:091:32:13

extraordinary final Saturday, let's

hope the next 40 minutes round

1:32:131:32:17

things off in some style.

1:32:171:32:25

COMMENTATOR: Just a slight pause,

Dan Biggar go and find all.

1:32:301:32:40

Jacques Brunel takes his seat to

watch his France, what can they do,

1:32:511:32:56

can they overcome the four point

deficit? What can Wales do? Hang on

1:32:561:33:02

to this lead? Fickou tackled inside

his own 22. The last half of the Six

1:33:021:33:09

Nations 2018. The two scrum cap

wearing backroads, Justin Tipuric

1:33:091:33:19

and Lauret meet on the 22.

1:33:191:33:23

It's a very slow exit. Leigh

Halfpenny under the ball. Inside ten

1:33:251:33:33

Dan Biggar. Not the highest but he

has the chance.

1:33:331:33:46

There is a bit of space there. Liam

Williams, Dan Biggar and Leigh

1:33:461:33:52

Halfpenny are back.

1:33:521:33:57

Spiral kick.

I say pre-match,

thought there would be a lot of

1:33:571:34:12

high-kicking going on.

1:34:121:34:18

high-kicking going on. I think this

guy has played pretty well. The

1:34:181:34:23

captain has been a standout player

for France this season.

Finds his

1:34:231:34:27

target again. Scott Williams has to

go on a little shopping expedition.

1:34:271:34:37

Charged down. By Hadleigh Parkes.

Fickou back for France.

1:34:371:34:49

Fickou back for France.

Fickou has

done well there and so the French to

1:34:491:34:51

get background and recover that

ball.

Vahaamahina takes on Josh

1:34:511:34:57

Navidi. Back for Machenaud. Very

sedate pace at the beginning of this

1:34:571:35:06

second half. Leigh Halfpenny. Dan

Biggar. Wales suddenly give it some

1:35:061:35:12

width. Toby Faletau. Surging. Gareth

Williams cannot take it. It's all

1:35:121:35:23

gone a bit loose. Liam Williams goes

down. Evans. What a chance.

I said

1:35:231:35:34

in the first half when clean breaks

are made they are not always

1:35:341:35:37

finished as they should be.

It's a

brilliant break, he spots the

1:35:371:35:43

player, hasn't got the legs on the

kid, I will have a go and that is

1:35:431:35:47

what is the mismatch. Goes inside

and goes out, ball on the right

1:35:471:35:52

hand. Lovely pass. Just a bit too

high. What a player. That's what

1:35:521:35:57

you've got to do, if you can spot

someone who you think you're quicker

1:35:571:36:01

than, you line him up and take him

on the outside.

But he will and

1:36:011:36:06

should be disappointed that the past

was there and he did not put it in

1:36:061:36:10

front.

Gareth Davies has got great

hands.

And he runs great supporting

1:36:101:36:18

runs.

Stays in the 22. Outside 22.

Ball still on the park. Leigh

1:36:181:36:30

Halfpenny, he's looking for the

mismatch.

1:36:301:36:34

It's just gone forward off a French

hand. France have competed well at

1:36:401:36:44

the break again, Brian.

Yes that has

been one of the things they've done

1:36:441:36:50

well for the whole tournament. The

improvements have come elsewhere.

1:36:501:36:56

Trying to get out of the way.

Unlucky. Knock-on. Machenaud.

You

1:36:561:37:06

don't expect the scrum-half to be

necessarily, but Machenaud has won

1:37:061:37:13

four turnovers, not today but he's

compiled that personal tally.

We

1:37:131:37:18

have three back row players in the

studio, you have to be brave to put

1:37:181:37:22

your head in there.

1:37:221:37:24

Faletau risks a look up, Leeds at

four Gareth Davies. There is a

1:37:331:37:38

chance, Hadleigh Parkes. Again, just

overrunning.

1:37:381:37:46

overrunning.

Similar to the first

half. Don't know if it's

1:37:461:37:52

miscommunication or if Liam Williams

mistiming his run.

Four onside

on

1:37:521:37:58

two. Hold your depth.

You have do

step back a little bit. The little

1:37:581:38:06

things you have to work on.

If the

scrum is not going well you had to

1:38:061:38:09

hold your depth.

Babillot wins the

line-out ball. But the puzzle going

1:38:091:38:20

on, Machenaud spots a little gap.

Fickou.

1:38:201:38:29

Cleverly keeping the ball alive,

France. Great pass by Bastareaud and

1:38:351:38:43

another one to Fall from Doumayrou.

France starting to flow a little bit

1:38:431:38:48

here.

Good job for Wales that he was

not able to gather that in his

1:38:481:38:54

stride.

The tackle from Navidi slows

things up a bit. Babillot. The

1:38:541:39:04

French support starts to ring out

around the Principality Stadium.

1:39:041:39:11

Babillot again. Gets back to his

feet.

1:39:111:39:18

feet. Trinh-Duc, Fall cuts angle.

Fall, the prop.

1:39:181:39:30

Goes hard and straight. Gareth

Davies stepped out of the line.

1:39:451:39:53

Lauret.

1:39:531:39:54

Lauret. Jones and Tipuric dude

pincer movement but cannot quite

1:39:591:40:00

hold them up. Pelissie.

1:40:001:40:10

hold them up. Pelissie. Trinh-Duc,

tries to straighten.

1:40:101:40:16

tries to straighten.

Penalty here

for France. Free play.

1:40:171:40:24

for France. Free play.

Vahaamahina

drops it. Here is the penalty.

You

1:40:241:40:30

will take this, take the three

points and get within one.

Rolling

1:40:301:40:38

into the nine. Not rolling away.

This is one of the reasons why I

1:40:381:40:48

think France are starting to

improve. I've been very hard on

1:40:481:40:55

Bastareaud in the past because in

French club rugby he's taken the

1:40:551:41:00

ball as far as he can, ploughed as

many people out of his way as he can

1:41:001:41:04

and now he's added the aspect of

off-loading the ball which is more

1:41:041:41:08

in Portland. Now they can use them

to attract players get the ball away

1:41:081:41:12

from that focal point. It makes

everything much better, much

1:41:121:41:16

improved player.

1:41:161:41:26

Dan Biggar gives the call. High

towards the 22. Jumps for it.

1:42:041:42:20

towards the 22. Jumps for it. Scott

Williams wholesome towards touch. It

1:42:201:42:22

is there for Machenaud outside the

22.

1:42:221:42:34

Gareth Davies. Play on seems to be

the order of the day. The moment,

1:42:391:42:47

the ball bouncing and bubbling. Josh

Navidi stops all that. Send it wide,

1:42:471:42:53

it's gone loose. Nobody on the Welsh

side can touch it, away comes

1:42:531:42:58

Bastareaud. Pelissie in support. The

game sparks to life. Cory Hill

1:42:581:43:06

smashes into Machenaud.

Hadleigh

Parkes rushed up there cancelled,

1:43:061:43:15

forced the French runner back inside

when there were three players

1:43:151:43:17

outside. Vital contribution.

It's

gone backwards, it's gone loose. The

1:43:171:43:24

ball eludes all hands. Goodness me.

For a moment France had five on

1:43:241:43:31

three, Hadleigh Parkes came out of

the line.

It's a dummy kick first of

1:43:311:43:39

all and then I thought it was a

knock-on but it was play on. His leg

1:43:391:43:44

somehow. They turn it over again, is

this a knock or not? He got his hip

1:43:441:43:49

in the way play on. The bouncing

ball. They are all of side so France

1:43:491:43:59

fall on it and rot it, played wide.

I would call that loose play.

1:43:591:44:15

France change the front row. On

comes over Kingston and Chat. --

1:44:161:44:30

Slimani and Chat.

That will not

change much as these players are

1:44:301:44:35

pretty much first choice anyway.

It's a slightly shorter stunt for

1:44:351:44:48

two of the French front row.

1:44:481:44:59

Progress made by France. Penalty

earned by those French forwards.

1:45:131:45:28

earned by those French forwards.

I

did say they were borderline first

1:45:281:45:30

choice and that shows the power. The

penalty count, France have not

1:45:301:45:35

conceded one this half.

Huge

difference as well. Psychologically.

1:45:351:45:42

Ben O'Keeffe of New Zealand, he's

missed that!

1:45:421:45:52

missed that!

Wanted to make the

forwards feel even better by going

1:45:521:45:55

into the corner instead Trinh-Duc...

All the forwards are furious,

1:45:551:46:01

they've done all the hard work to

winger the penalty, expect to run

1:46:011:46:04

down and at least have a line-out

within a reasonable range and then

1:46:041:46:07

that happens.

That could be a huge

moment in the match.

He has brought

1:46:071:46:12

them all the way back to the point

where he took the kick.

That's an

1:46:121:46:19

occasion where ambition has to be

lessened. Absolutely crucial at this

1:46:191:46:23

stage in the game with that score

line, with that penalty that you

1:46:231:46:28

make touch.

1:46:281:46:29

Reset. Down. Reset.

Poirot looks on

ruefully. The only survivor of the

1:46:381:46:51

original front row. Wales will be

conscious of what happened last

1:46:511:46:56

scrum, this time they have the boot

in which exposes them to even more

1:46:561:47:00

pressure as Ken Owens is to strike

for the ball.

1:47:001:47:11

Before the change in the French

front row pressure in the scrum.

1:47:151:47:22

Wales lucky to get away with it.

Taken down with the tight head on

1:47:221:47:26

his knees.

George North into

midfield. Gareth Davies to Justin

1:47:261:47:31

Tipuric. Quickly recycled. Dan

Biggar, tackled by Lauret. Faletau.

1:47:311:47:40

Gets the past Gareth Davies. Switch

of play. Scott Williams.

1:47:401:47:48

of play. Scott Williams. Tipuric to

Ken Owens but it's gone loose.

1:47:481:47:50

France advantage. This is Chat, the

hooker. Fresh

1:47:501:48:04

legs on wheels need to settle down a

little bit.

They've not had momentum

1:48:101:48:15

in this second half and the

temptation is to do something when

1:48:151:48:17

you got the ball, better to keep the

ball through if you grazes and keep

1:48:171:48:22

ranch under pressure.

This is a hit.

Get themselves back into the game.

1:48:221:48:32

I'm not sure who come off the best

to be honest.

Who has the boot in on

1:48:331:48:42

this scrummage? We will find out.

Look at that stat. 77% possession in

1:48:421:48:51

the second half, that is why

Wales...

This is the reverse theory,

1:48:511:49:00

well sobbing France will run

themselves of their feet now.

1:49:001:49:07

themselves of their feet now.

That's

also a reference to the point I made

1:49:071:49:10

and Sam Warburton made at half-time

if you are not giving penalties away

1:49:101:49:17

things go your way, possession,

territory goes your way because you

1:49:171:49:20

not sabotaging the good things that

you do.

1:49:201:49:31

you do.

He is showing no signs of

having a bad ankle, Bastareaud.

1:49:311:49:37

French put in at the scrummage.

Wales have had not much in the

1:49:371:49:44

second half. One break by Faletau. A

lot of pressure here.

1:49:441:49:52

lot of pressure here. France get the

penalty. The squeeze is on Wales at

1:49:531:49:58

the set piece.

The scrum could be

crucial, going in the last 25

1:49:581:50:05

minutes. If you are a French

stand-off you want to play the

1:50:051:50:12

game...

1:50:121:50:17

He's being very cautious.

Don't

fully want to make 15 yards either

1:50:171:50:25

but of the two at least it's

preferable.

He was never going to

1:50:251:50:30

make a five metres, no point going

for it.

France getting the shop on.

1:50:301:50:38

Tomas Francis is a slightly high.

France and possession game with the

1:50:381:50:47

territorial advantage. On comes the

French forwards, lining up another

1:50:471:50:58

one. Dan Biggar leads the charge.

Anything to slow the ball down.

1:50:581:51:06

Hadleigh Parkes up quickly.

1:51:061:51:11

Hadleigh Parkes up quickly. Wales

have kept it as the maul.

1:51:131:51:19

have kept it as the maul. Despite

the mighty power of Bastareaud and

1:51:191:51:26

Lauret, Wales with Alan Schindler on

as replacement to the defence of

1:51:261:51:29

jobs.

I think they were lucky to get

that decision. Great hit from

1:51:291:51:34

Hadleigh Parkes. They have

1:51:341:51:41

Hadleigh Parkes. They have gotten

there, bogey there. Definitely been

1:51:451:51:48

a change in tactics, in the first

half the centres were not blitzing

1:51:481:51:53

as early.

The last three possessions

France apart they have tried to stop

1:51:531:51:57

at source. Stop them moving wide.

The centre coming up. It is up to

1:51:571:52:03

France to recognise...

1:52:031:52:12

France to recognise...

Test for the

French front five. They need some

1:52:121:52:14

possession, need to get this ball

away quickly. Just about manage it

1:52:141:52:18

but they are forced into a kicking

game. Benjamin Fall. Is that she's

1:52:181:52:27

good? Not bad at all, France still

in their own half. But in

1:52:271:52:33

possession.

1:52:331:52:37

possession. Slimani, one of the

replacement props. Straight down the

1:52:381:52:41

middle from Trinh-Duc. Hasn't done

it again has he?

No.

Perfectly

1:52:411:52:52

judged. I bet you thought or no.

1:52:521:53:01

Fickou tackle by Liam Williams.

1:53:161:53:22

Lauret.

Big roar from the other side

but I don't know what that was

1:53:221:53:30

about.

Bastareaud quickly out,

thumped into touch badly. Mistake by

1:53:301:53:39

Doumayrou.

Nothing kick really. You

can see the intent, France have no

1:53:391:53:48

intentions of playing anything in

their own half. They have seen the

1:53:481:53:51

scrum as dominant, they will try to

play a line-out scrum, get a

1:53:511:53:57

penalty. Maybe get a five metre

scrum, try to grind out a result.

1:53:571:54:07

Ben O'Keeffe wants a word with the

French captain that Bastareaud.

1:54:081:54:19

Blue penalty over on the 15. We have

got a penalty for a high tackle,

1:54:191:54:24

penalty is for France?

I thought

something was untoward because there

1:54:241:54:29

was a reaction from the crowd, it

wasn't apparent from the angle we

1:54:291:54:33

were at.

High tackle, one of your

players against the blue player.

1:54:331:54:42

Just the number please. 13 red.

High

tackle against Scott Williams.

It

1:54:421:54:50

was caught by the TMO, George Ayoub

of Australia.

It is borderline. But

1:54:501:54:58

you cannot go up there.

That's a

tough one but there you are.

1:54:581:55:10

tough one but there you are.

Time is

back on. I tackle.

1:55:101:55:12

The Welsh crowd don't like it but

the referee in these championships

1:55:171:55:21

have been very hot on this and very

consistent. It is simply this, world

1:55:211:55:27

rugby try to stop any contact,

rightly so, above the neckline. And

1:55:271:55:33

if players choose to go at or near

the neckline then they risk having a

1:55:331:55:37

decision against them, rightly or

wrongly.

Simple as that.

1:55:371:55:42

This is the high tackle.

Personally

I don't think it's dangerous, he's

1:55:481:55:53

not heart, but everyone should know

no how that's being officiated.

1:55:531:56:04

no how that's being officiated.

The

surge from the French comes.

1:56:041:56:09

France are just going to use the

sledgehammer, Machenaud comes away

1:56:141:56:22

with it, Fickou has already scored

one try. Three metres short of a

1:56:221:56:26

second. Machenaud.

1:56:261:56:32

second. Machenaud. Chat. Squeeze out

to the other prop Mark Priso.

1:56:321:56:45

Slimani. Held by Navidi.

1:56:491:56:53

Bastareaud, always the danger man

when the others close to the line.

1:57:031:57:05

Held up.

1:57:051:57:11

Held up. Wales had earned themselves

a put in at the scrummage. Mighty

1:57:111:57:20

work holding a Bastareaud of the

ground.

Tremendous, tremendous

1:57:201:57:27

teamwork from Wales but you have to

quench with France taking the ball

1:57:271:57:30

in at the angle, tremendously well

done.

I think they have done their

1:57:301:57:41

homework on this guy Bastareaud

because when there is home contacted

1:57:411:57:46

tries to go an extra couple of yards

with his power and that is when the

1:57:461:57:51

that come in late keep him his feet.

He's had a great afternoon

1:57:511:57:55

defensively against Bastareaud as

well.

I had to give you my feed

1:57:551:58:00

work...

1:58:001:58:06

That is an interesting modern

development, Alun Wyn Jones telling

1:58:131:58:17

the referee he has to give them

feedback. I'm not sure that's in the

1:58:171:58:21

laws.

1:58:211:58:23

Right in front of the posts.

Bit

reminiscent of last year when Wales

1:58:311:58:37

were defending a narrow lead, that

was the game which went on for 100

1:58:371:58:42

minutes. Scrum after scrum.

The

thing is, this half has been so

1:58:421:58:53

one-sided in terms of momentum that

it will change at some point,

1:58:531:58:58

however temporary, Wales will have a

period of five, ten, 15 minutes,

1:58:581:59:03

whatever, when they have

opportunities and France don't make

1:59:031:59:06

the of this Wales will get a big

psychological boost.

They've had a

1:59:061:59:13

lot of possession but the majority

of the game has been played near the

1:59:131:59:16

halfway line between the ten metre

lines so there has been no try

1:59:161:59:20

scoring opportunities or penalties

apart from

1:59:201:59:29

apart from one from Machenaud. So

it's been a great battle but

1:59:291:59:32

nonthreatening as yet.

1:59:321:59:37

nonthreatening as yet.

Wales get

themselves a penalty, the counter

1:59:371:59:39

surge by the forwards.

1:59:391:59:45

surge by the forwards.

That is

nonsense. Absolute nonsense.

1:59:451:59:48

Explain yourself?

France are going

forward, no reason to drop that

1:59:541:59:56

whatsoever.

You don't think they

deliberately drove across perhaps,

1:59:562:00:01

looking for a penalty? Yum I know I

don't.

2:00:012:00:06

I am now Francophile, I will tell

you that.

Really?

I have no idea

2:00:122:00:20

what's going on.

You have seen the

end of it but you've not seen when

2:00:202:00:25

France started the momentum from

Slimani which is where the drive

2:00:252:00:29

came from.

Does anybody really know

what is going on?

Wales in

2:00:292:00:36

possession to Cory Hill.

2:00:362:00:43

Gareth Davies, lets the forwards

carry on. A little off the ball as

2:00:462:00:52

three of the four second rows have

business of their own. Gareth Davies

2:00:522:00:58

into the French half. Gael Fickou

waits and catches safely. Wales are

2:00:582:01:04

protecting their 1-point lead. They

will Juanfran 's here in their own

2:01:042:01:09

half. Grasso nearly gets into the

Welsh half.

2:01:092:01:16

The Wales line speed is still very

good.

2:01:282:01:38

Faletau covers back, watches and

leaves the kicking to Leigh

2:01:452:01:47

Halfpenny. Keeps it on the pitch.

That's dreadful pass! What was he

2:01:472:02:00

thinking! If he chucks it

right-handed, he might get away with

2:02:002:02:04

it. But he chucks it from the

left-handed spin. What is he

2:02:042:02:08

thinking? He catches it...

LAUGHTER

To be fair, Benjamin Fall didn't

2:02:082:02:17

help him by standing in front of

him.

If anybody's in front, you

2:02:172:02:23

don't pass it!

There enough.

A bit

of Tom Brady in him there.

If you

2:02:232:02:31

are Jacques Brunel... You are

thinking, oh my word, what has he

2:02:312:02:38

just done? It's why Francois

Trinh-Duc has never been a

2:02:382:02:42

commanding holder of the number ten

shirt.

If you want somebody to hold

2:02:422:02:52

it in the wide areas, I think

Beauxis is the better option. I

2:02:522:02:58

would take him off and bring Beauxis

on.

2:02:582:03:06

France are off quickly. Navidi hast

to make the tackle.

2:03:072:03:18

to make the tackle. Brought down by

Cory Hill. Tackle by

2:03:182:03:27

Cory Hill. Tackle by Faletau, the

new scrum-half. The 20-year-old is

2:03:272:03:35

on the field, Baptiste Couilloud.

The number eight has broken clean

2:03:352:03:47

through, Marco Tauleigne. Liam

Williams was offside.

2:03:472:03:56

We talk about causation. France make

on a mistake, and unforced error. It

2:04:022:04:08

was the Wales opportunity, the first

time in this half to settle the game

2:04:082:04:11

down and play in the right areas.

Didn't get the scrum right. A

2:04:112:04:18

brilliant run there, by the French

number eight. And the game has

2:04:182:04:27

swung.

The hooker, Machenaud,

playing at scrum-half, he's gone

2:04:272:04:32

off.

Gets away, fends off a couple

of players, sticks away from the

2:04:322:04:38

tackle. Liam Williams makes the

tackle, doesn't go back through the

2:04:382:04:43

gate.

I wonder what Trinh-Duc's

nerves are like after that. He's

2:04:432:04:53

inherited kicking duties from the

departed Maxime Machenaud.

He could

2:04:532:04:59

redeem himself.

2:04:592:05:07

He's missed it. They can't believe

it. He can't believe it.

Beauxis has

2:05:082:05:21

to come on now.

2:05:212:05:25

That support miss, at this standard

of kicking in the professional game

2:05:342:05:40

now, that support miss.

Changes for

Wales with Elliot Dee and Bradley

2:05:402:05:46

Williams coming on. Wales have had

so little of the ball in this second

2:05:462:05:54

half. Keep France in their own half.

Trinh-Duc, hi. Halfpenny waits for

2:05:542:06:04

it.

2:06:042:06:10

it.

Good timing in the tackle. Or it

Halfpenny delivers. Possession for

2:06:102:06:19

Wales. Shingler has dropped it.

France grab possession back.

2:06:192:06:30

France grab possession back.

It

takes three to bring Lauret down.

2:06:302:06:35

Wales can't hang on to the ball at

the moment.

2:06:352:06:43

the moment. The knock-on by

Shingler.

Just needed to hold onto

2:06:432:06:48

possession.

Getting dragged into the

arm wrestle, they can't get the ball

2:06:482:06:54

wide.

Definitely.

2:06:542:07:03

Trying to work that out, what does

that mean?

It means there's been one

2:07:032:07:07

penalty by France in the second

half. A distinct improvement. You

2:07:072:07:11

see all the Welsh penalties for stub

fracas, if you are French, you

2:07:112:07:15

should be very unhappy that they

haven't made Wales play.

2:07:152:07:23

They have been the dominant side. In

the second half. Without actually

2:07:232:07:31

registering it where it counts on

the scoreboard.

2:07:312:07:39

the scoreboard. Also pay credit to

the Welsh defence.

Like I said,

2:07:392:07:45

there hasn't been the natural threat

at ten. Can't remember one attack.

2:07:452:07:51

It's all been in the middle.

2:07:512:08:03

Leigh Halfpenny with a great tackle,

into touch as well. Not so clever

2:08:042:08:10

from Grasso.

He had to come inside.

Lined up the defender. A brilliant

2:08:102:08:18

defensive full-back. Just watch him

coming across. He's the last man,

2:08:182:08:22

doesn't give him the option to go

inside. Lines up and drags him over

2:08:222:08:26

the touchline.

I think the ball

should have come back inside from

2:08:262:08:32

the French.

He knows he's going to

make it. This guy had his angles

2:08:322:08:39

correct.

2:08:392:08:45

correct.

France make changes. Leigh

Halfpenny will not be going

2:08:452:08:48

anywhere. Elliot Dee is a

replacement. It's loose for Wales.

2:08:482:08:56

George North, did well to buy some

time.

2:08:592:09:06

Williams will take the kick himself

and keep it on the field. Grasso.

2:09:132:09:19

Alun Wyn Jones makes another tackle

and throws the French hooker back.

2:09:282:09:37

Beauxis is on the field. Grow so

heading to the touchline, has the

2:09:492:09:55

strength to stay on the field. A new

half-back pairing for France. Wales

2:09:552:10:06

trying to hold up the big prop. They

can't.

2:10:062:10:11

The referee says no. Another penalty

for a high tackle.

2:10:162:10:22

Liam Williams, a rare possession for

Wales. Gareth Davies.

2:10:292:10:38

Wales. Gareth Davies. It's there,

for the scrum-half. The little dummy

2:10:382:10:40

and dart.

2:10:402:10:46

Elliot Dee makes a couple of yards.

Taken on by Nicky Smith, the

2:10:492:10:55

replacement prop. Samson Lee drives

on. Now Wales are coming through the

2:10:552:11:01

forwards.

2:11:012:11:05

It all comes to zero. Another

penalty the breakdown.

Just needed

2:11:202:11:25

to keep possession now.

2:11:252:11:30

Holding on. Just needed to go

through the phases there. They

2:11:332:11:41

haven't the ball nor the territory.

Sam Warburton said if you're into

2:11:412:11:45

double figures with penalties that

you are in trouble.

He goes and he's

2:11:452:11:51

isolated. Sharp over the top of him.

2:11:512:12:04

Bernard Le Roux. Tackle line-out. A

very good bit of driving by Wales

2:12:152:12:23

against possession. And with a

1-point game, all these count.

The

2:12:232:12:33

crowd roared, not as if it was a

try, but maybe a penalty, because

2:12:332:12:37

they know the significance of that.

2:12:372:12:47

I think it's a question of where you

play the game now. Keep possession.

2:12:482:12:55

The problem there, it's too narrow,

the base isn't wide enough to start

2:12:552:13:01

the drive. Wales managed to get

around the edges. It elongates the

2:13:012:13:06

French maul to the point where it

has no momentum or power.

You have

2:13:062:13:10

to shift the ball back.

The players

in front were not sufficiently set.

2:13:102:13:19

Another important scrum for Gareth

Davies and his forwards. Elliot Dee.

2:13:212:13:27

Out it comes. Hadleigh Parkes.

2:13:272:13:34

A little bit of progress at last

being made by Wales. Faletau with

2:13:372:13:41

another yard.

2:13:412:13:50

It goes back to Scott Williams. The

captain again hurled back.

2:13:522:14:06

A 1-point margin being protected.

Bradley Davies takes it on. Looked

2:14:122:14:17

suspiciously forward. Gareth Davies

with a little dummy and go. Keeps

2:14:172:14:22

going. Faletau to Elliot Dee.

2:14:222:14:27

How important are these extra feet?

George North, he sees the mismatch.

2:14:312:14:39

Over the ball, and it winds France

the penalty.

It keeps them in a

2:14:392:14:45

game.

The great thing from the Welsh

point of view, they are taking time

2:14:452:14:49

off the clock and advancing at least

their territory deep into the French

2:14:492:14:54

22. They are not able to kick it

into the corner.

There he is,

2:14:542:15:01

getting back, missing the first

tackle and getting his strong base,

2:15:012:15:05

over the top. You're not going to

move him, are you?

2:15:052:15:14

move him, are you?

Dan Biggar pleads

the cause, but he knows.

I thought

2:15:152:15:19

he had a point. Going beyond the

ball, not supporting your own

2:15:192:15:23

weighted. They could be a

questionnaire, if he was on his

2:15:232:15:26

elbows.

2:15:262:15:34

There have been many tackles made in

this game. France haven't had to do

2:15:372:15:45

much tackling in the second half.

You have to say they have dominated

2:15:452:15:51

the game, momentum has been with

them.

Without scoring!

Without

2:15:512:15:55

scoring. They had one opportunity to

go in front and haven't taken it.

2:15:552:16:00

But that steel keeps them in the

game, one point, they will clear

2:16:002:16:04

their lines and have a chance.

Lauret is going off. He has put in a

2:16:042:16:12

shift, as they say. As have they.

A

couple of things you ought to

2:16:122:16:17

recognise about the Welsh in this

half. In the first half when France

2:16:172:16:21

were looking more creative and

finding space, they were slightly

2:16:212:16:24

less aggressive in the press, and

the line speed in the second half,

2:16:242:16:31

definitely a conscious point to

throw the centres out early, making

2:16:312:16:34

France look far less dangerous.

2:16:342:16:44

The game is not yet won, that you

have to make a decision, Jonathan,

2:16:452:16:49

your man of the match.

My standout

player today this afternoon, no

2:16:492:16:54

matter who wins, is the Wales

captain Alun Wyn Jones. He is my

2:16:542:17:00

NatWest Six Nations man of the

match, Alun Wyn Jones.

France back

2:17:002:17:06

in possession and going forward.

Still in their own half. Less than

2:17:062:17:09

three minutes to go.

2:17:092:17:17

Doumayrou kicks the ball away.

Why

would you do that?!

Wales have to

2:17:172:17:24

play in the right areas now as well.

Not quite the right area, Leigh

2:17:242:17:29

Halfpenny.

2:17:292:17:30

Again... Oh no! Bastareaud was there

but it's a penalty to Wales.

That

2:17:372:17:43

was a big call. Will Halfpenny go

for gold? He could use up the

2:17:432:17:49

minute. Or will he go for the

touchline? It's another interesting

2:17:492:17:55

call.

Shaking his head as if to say

no.

A point about accuracy, France

2:17:552:18:03

didn't kick to the corner because it

was too long. But they were in the

2:18:032:18:06

Welsh half. The ball they won was so

bad it set them back 50 metres. It

2:18:062:18:15

put Doumayrou in the position when

he thought, I'm nowhere near where I

2:18:152:18:18

want to be. He kicked the ball and

turned it over. These are the little

2:18:182:18:22

areas you have to get right.

One and

a half minutes to go. Elliot Dee

2:18:222:18:27

with the line-out. Wales couldn't

come to this line-out any slower!

2:18:272:18:31

LAUGHTER

They are still not there. Elliot Dee

2:18:312:18:36

is saying, where are you, come on!

They have won it though, crucially.

2:18:362:18:44

Somehow need to work this ball back.

It's therefore Shingler. The

2:18:492:18:54

replacement back row forward with a

surge. Gareth Davies to the captain,

2:18:542:18:58

to the man of the match. Penalty to

France. It's been a curse for Wales

2:18:582:19:05

today. The breakdown.

2:19:052:19:14

30 seconds left. They could kick to

touch. They will have the line-out.

2:19:162:19:20

There has been an inconsistency on

that. Not supporting his own body

2:19:202:19:24

weight on a couple of occasions.

That could apply to both sides.

2:19:242:19:29

France will have to start from their

own half. That's fair enough, isn't

2:19:292:19:36

it Brian?

That's fair enough, year.

Shaun Edwards isn't happy.

France in

2:19:362:19:45

no rush because they know this is

their last chance.

They have to be

2:19:452:19:49

patient and go through the phases

and get beyond the halfway line.

2:19:492:19:54

Beauxis is a big goalkicker. Try to

get him in range.

Oh! Aaron Shingler

2:19:542:20:02

has stolen the ball. Into injury and

overtime. Into overtime, into second

2:20:022:20:08

place in the table. Wales with no

ball in the second half, have

2:20:082:20:15

managed to hold out against France,

winning by a single point, but that

2:20:152:20:19

victory makes them runners-up in the

Six Nations of 2018.

It was a real

2:20:192:20:27

dogfight. Any result against France

is a good result.

Take your hat off

2:20:272:20:33

to Wales in the second half.

Defensive performance in France

2:20:332:20:37

should be disappointed for not

creating the points that their

2:20:372:20:42

pressure deserved. But that is their

own fault.

The final game of the Six

2:20:422:20:48

Nations, Wales 14-13 France. STUDIO:

Not a single point in the last half

2:20:482:20:53

an hour of the match. A really

baffling game. France with all the

2:20:532:20:58

possession and Wales win. Sam

Warburton?

What a complete opposite

2:20:582:21:03

second half to the first half we

had. France had more dominance from

2:21:032:21:09

the territorial perspective and

Wales couldn't get into the game. I

2:21:092:21:12

thought three points might win the

game, but Wales held out, and it's a

2:21:122:21:17

very good second place finish.

Really disappointed with France.

2:21:172:21:24

They had so much possession to win

the game. We were really poor with

2:21:242:21:29

taking, kicking penalties. We missed

some penalties to go out on the

2:21:292:21:34

pitch. This is a frustrating moment

for France, but overall I have to

2:21:342:21:42

say I'm really proud of rounds

because of the attitude, the

2:21:422:21:46

delivery of what they did for this

Six Nations.

Alun Wyn Jones, as we

2:21:462:21:51

see the French captain Mathieu

Bastareaud, an immense game in the

2:21:512:21:56

centre, but Welsh captain Alun Wyn

Jones has led his side to victory

2:21:562:21:59

and is also the man of the match and

he is with Sonia.

2:21:592:22:03

and is also the man of the match and

he is with Sonia.

It was very

2:22:032:22:05

nervous in the closing stages. What

were you saying to your team as

2:22:052:22:09

Captain?

Trying to limit the errors

and keep hold of the ball, which we

2:22:092:22:14

probably didn't do it the first art

and didn't do as much as we liked in

2:22:142:22:18

the second half. We wanted to finish

the campaign as we started, with a

2:22:182:22:22

win, and we have done that.

How

significant is it in the development

2:22:222:22:25

of this team to finish runners-up in

2018?

It's not something we wanted

2:22:252:22:29

to be honest. With the way our games

have gone, we could have been

2:22:292:22:36

playing for a lot more. The

competition as a whole has been

2:22:362:22:39

positive. We would have liked to

have done one better, but a lot of

2:22:392:22:42

guys have had an opportunity and in

this last game we have displayed

2:22:422:22:45

character that we will need going

forward.

Looking at the players on

2:22:452:22:47

the pitch tonight, do you finish

this championship with greater

2:22:472:22:52

strength in depth than at any

previous time in Warren Gatland?

I

2:22:522:22:55

would like to think so. And there is

more depth in the regions as well

2:22:552:22:59

with guys but in the hands to get in

the squad. It's important with a big

2:22:592:23:03

18 months coming up.

Congratulations

to you and Wales and for being

2:23:032:23:07

NatWest man of the match.

Thank you.

If we were to be cruel, the man with

2:23:072:23:15

the biggest influence on the match

would be Francois Trinh-Duc, who had

2:23:152:23:18

one of those days he will not want

to remember.

If Alun Wyn Jones was

2:23:182:23:22

the best player, Trinh-Duc was

Wales' second-best player! He had

2:23:222:23:29

one of those days. Does he have his

studs stuck in the ground here? It

2:23:292:23:33

lately -- it's let Liam Williams in

for a try. These matches are all

2:23:332:23:41

about key momentum swings and this

was huge. There is no need to be

2:23:412:23:45

that greedy. Again, a forward pass,

and it's simple errors. This one

2:23:452:23:51

compounds it. This was to win the

match. I'm the last person in the

2:23:512:23:55

world to talk about missing kicks in

front of goal, but as an

2:23:552:23:59

international centre half, he has

cost France the game. It's ironic,

2:23:592:24:03

Wales have lost two games in the

Championship, and that was probably

2:24:032:24:06

their worst performance and they got

their guts out to get the win.

It

2:24:062:24:12

was a great defensive effort.

2:24:122:24:14

their guts out to get the win.

It

was a great defensive effort.

Wales

2:24:142:24:15

missed 26 tackles, but they did not

seem that bad in defence. I thought

2:24:152:24:18

they defended very well. Tipuric had

a brilliant first half, he got a

2:24:182:24:24

couple. Alun Wyn Jones definitely

deserved man of the match. The game

2:24:242:24:28

was always going to be a battle and

he was immense, creating turnovers.

2:24:282:24:34

Bastareaud went for the short ball

and Dan Biggar and Alun Wyn Jones

2:24:342:24:39

combined. I think there were five

malt turnovers. Really effective.

2:24:392:24:44

This was the key one for me. And

this is why Dan Biggar was selected,

2:24:442:24:50

up against Bastareaud. Your number

ten is stepping in and making it

2:24:502:24:55

physical like that, it's a huge

momentum swing.

With the law changes

2:24:552:25:00

now, I think you'll get more success

from turnovers on them all. -- on

2:25:002:25:06

the ball. -- on the

2:25:062:25:15

the ball. -- on the more.

We get

frustrated about scrums that they

2:25:152:25:18

have an undue influence on the game.

Sometimes impenetrable but this was

2:25:182:25:22

a key moment.

It was because France

had the advantage in the previous

2:25:222:25:26

few scrums before this one. This was

a result of the Jones turnover. If I

2:25:262:25:32

was French, I think Serge wasn't

happy with that. It looked like an

2:25:322:25:38

obvious French penalty.

As we can

see, the referee was at the side

2:25:382:25:42

where the Welsh scrum was going

forward. Naturally he had the

2:25:422:25:49

positive action for Wales. Obviously

we were frustrated in that

2:25:492:25:55

situation.

2:25:552:25:55

we were frustrated in that

situation.

The Six Nations has been

2:25:552:25:56

and gone for another year. This is

how things have panned out over the

2:25:562:26:00

course of the last six weeks with a

Grand Slam for Ireland at the top.

2:26:002:26:05

Wales finishing second after the

narrowest of victories here.

2:26:052:26:09

Scotland in third, France in fourth

and England fifth. We ought to have

2:26:092:26:13

a quick word about the pretournament

favourites probably going for a

2:26:132:26:19

third consecutive championship. What

do you make, Eddie Jones being

2:26:192:26:22

magnanimous in defeat at Twickenham

today, but also critical of some of

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his players. What do you make of

where England are?

They look tired

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to me. On the back of a Lions tour

England traditionally struggle. A

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lot of those world-class players

like Maro Itoje and Vunipola, they

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look short of energy. They had two

tough games away at Murrayfield and

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Paris and they look short of

confidence at the moment.

If you

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look out the Irish players managed

in comparison, they have a lot more

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time off, a lot less gametime. When

you are six or seven months deep

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into your season, it takes its toll.

I say it a lot, but when players are

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approaching 30 games per year, they

are entering serious fatigue,

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mentally and physically.

We saw it

with the Lions tour, English players

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like Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje, really

important for the Lions. And today

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we saw them really tired. They need

recovery and time to rest. So far

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they haven't had that, and it's

caused problems for England.

Where

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are Wales at the moment on the path

to the World Cup next year?

2:27:272:27:32

Definitely on the right track. They

will experiment over the next 12

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months to find out what the squad of

33 will be. The key lesson from this

2:27:352:27:40

Six Nations campaign has been the

way wins. All teams are really

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strong at home, but Ireland have

shown away wins are vital in the Six

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Nations.

Over the last few weeks we

have been able to tell your

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enthusiasm for the sport has

remained undimmed and you

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desperately wanted to be out there

today in this fantastic atmosphere.

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When will you play again?

Watching

this now, I'm desperate to be out

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there playing. I love those physical

encounters in particular. I'm back

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running now which is great, I can

see the light at the end of the

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tunnel. Training is going well and I

will be back fully fit for June.

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Can't wait until the next season.

Best luck. Thank you to you guys for

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being here and thank you four

watching the Six Nations over the

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last few weeks. It's 46 weeks' time

before these two teams will meet in

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the opening match of next year's Six

Nations. The 20th incarnation.

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Friday night in Paris, Wales against

France. Johnny Sexton dropped the

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goal in Paris on opening weekend,

and at the final whistle at

2:28:412:28:46

Twickenham today, it has been just

grand for the Irish.

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COMMENTARY MONTAGE:

The waiting is

over now and the Six Nations is with

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us once again.

2:28:552:29:00

us once again.

Ireland have stolen

the game.

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No try.

Interception. Stockdale!

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Scotland will bring home the

Calcutta Cup.

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The Stade de France erupts.

Scotland

have won 36 Nations games.

This is,

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in Cardiff, is for second place.

2:29:492:29:53

John Inverdale presents live coverage of the conclusion to the 2018 Six Nations as Wales take on France at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 2017's encounter between these sides is one that will live long in the memory due to its extraordinary finish. Over 20 minutes of added time were played before France finally emerged victorious by 20 points to 18.

There are also highlights from the day's earlier games between Scotland and Italy, and England and Ireland.