Wayne Pivac accepts that each one Wales can do is ‘sit again and watch’ as their Guinness Six Nations title destiny is set.
Wales’ Grand Slam hopes had been destroyed by France within the closing play of an epic Paris encounter, dropping 32-30 after being decreased to 13 gamers when Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams had been sin-binned 60 seconds aside.
And a sixth Six Nations crown for Wales now hinges on what occurs in subsequent Friday’s sport between France and Scotland.
Wayne Pivac accepts that each one Wales can do is ‘sit again and watch’ as their title destiny is set
The Stade de France conflict, delayed due to a coronavirus outbreak in Les Bleus’ camp final month, will see the hosts begin as overwhelming favourites.
They want a bonus-point victory and successful margin of 21 factors or extra to pip Wales to the submit.
If France win in bonus-point trend and take the match by precisely 20 factors, it can come right down to event try-count between Les Bleus and Wales. Something much less – or Scotland win or draw – and Pivac’s males prevail.
Wales have presently scored 5 tries greater than France, and may general factors totals, the international locations’ factors variations and try-counts end degree, then this season’s Six Nations title can be shared.
Pivac’s staff have scored extra tries and factors than in another Six Nations marketing campaign, but they have to now hope that France come up brief.
France’s Brice Dulin crossed in damage time to take the event to the ultimate match
And the chances will not be beneficial for Wales, provided that France have crushed Scotland in all ten earlier Six Nations conferences on the Stade de France.
‘It’s simply desperately irritating,’ Wales head coach Pivac mentioned.
‘The gamers acquired so shut and but up to now. It’s a robust time for them.
‘We now have to be happy with the efficiency, happy with the hassle they’ve put in all through the championship, and now we go away and wait to see the end result of subsequent Friday’s sport.
‘To go from probably a Grand Slam efficiency to sitting again and ready is irritating, however there may be nothing we will do now besides sit again and watch that sport.’
France, having seen lock Paul Willemse despatched off 11 minutes from time for making contact with the attention space of Wales prop Wyn Jones, prevailed by means of full-back Brice Dulin’s stoppage-time strive.
It was Wales’ first defeat in a Six Nations Grand Slam sport, having gained their earlier 4 in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2019.
A sixth Six Nations crown for Wales now hinges on what occurs in subsequent Friday’s sport
Wales had matched France strive for strive till that time, with fly-half Dan Biggar, flanker Josh Navidi and wing Josh Adams touching down throughout an incident-packed blockbuster.
Biggar additionally kicked 15 factors, but Wales had been in the end eclipsed because the clock ticked previous 11pm in Paris when Dulin scored after clinically capitalising on France’s one-man benefit.
Navidi mentioned: ‘It simply did not go our manner, but it surely has been an excellent marketing campaign for us from the autumn (Autumn Nations Cup) to the Six Nations, and what number of factors we scored on this marketing campaign has been good.
‘It was a disgrace we could not end it with a win and see it off, however fingers crossed that subsequent Friday goes our manner.
‘The autumn wasn’t that nice, however we got here into this Six Nations figuring out what we wished to realize. We mentioned from the beginning that now we have the squad to do it, and we constructed on it each week.
‘Within the final 20 minutes we had been below the pump, and it is just going to go a technique if we’re in our personal half, defending and gifting away penalties.’