France 32-30 Wales: Visitors dramatically denied fifth Grand Slam of the Six Nations era


Agony. Absolute agony for Wales.

Ecstasy. Absolute ecstasy for France.

Insanity. Absolute insanity that sport.

That ending was probably the most heart-breaking tableau conceivable for the Welsh.

France broke Wales’ hearts with a last-gasp attempt to win and deny the guests a Grand Slam

France full-back Brice Dulin scored a dramatic 82nd minute try when his side were down to 14

France full-back Brice Dulin scored a dramatic 82nd minute strive when his aspect have been all the way down to 14

Grasp it within the Louvre if you’re French. Image it if you happen to can bear, if you’re studying by daffodil-tinted spectacles.

Wales are three factors up enjoying with 13 males – Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams getting into the sin-bin inside two minutes of one another – towards the 14 of France, Paul Willemse shamefully despatched off for making contact with Wyn Jones’ eye.

Wayne Pivac’s males are one French mistake from a rare fifth Grand Slam, the clock ticking away nicely previous 80.

France have it after Cory Hill sealed off a ruck illegally with the Welsh attempting to wind down.

And all of a sudden, after probably the most pulsating night time of your life, it’s pandemonium.

France have a Hail Mary shot, Wales the rosary beads out. It goes huge to the left, there are such a lot of numbers over for Les Bleus.

It is Gael Fickou, it is Arthur Vincet, it is Brice Dulin! Tomos Williams tries a determined flail for the ball tucked underneath the French full-back’s arms, however he’s nowhere close to it. It’s performed. Dulin has scored.

The drama means France now could win the Six Nations title against Scotland next week

The drama means France now may win the Six Nations title towards Scotland subsequent week

Wales’ Grand Slam dream is over, as is likely one of the biggest Six Nations matches ever performed.

‘It is a swimming pool of happiness,’ stated triumphant French boss Fabien Galthie after.

‘Character – can it’s measured? I’m not stunned by the staff’s character. They tapped into their deepest reserves tonight.

‘In some way Wales stopped boxing within the twelfth spherical however we saved combating.’

Wales have been left strewn throughout Paris – you’ll forgive just a few tears near their eyes after that.

They’ll nonetheless win the title if France don’t handle to beat Scotland nicely sufficient on Friday, however that was final from their ideas as they noticed a Grand Slam slip from their fingertips within the final potential second.

‘It is fairly a numb feeling, actually,’ stated Pivac.

‘The boys put in such a unbelievable effort.

Paul Willemse was sent off for making contact with Wyn Jones' eye with 13 minutes left

Paul Willemse was despatched off for making contact with Wyn Jones’ eye with 13 minutes left

‘It was simply desperately irritating and the gamers, clearly, acquired so shut and but up to now. It was fairly chaotic.

‘We’ve to be pleased with the efficiency, pleased with the trouble they’ve put in all through the Championship.’

How the sport made it to that beautiful conclusion is price documenting for the ages.

With a Welsh Grand Slam and French title on the road the stage was set for a belter, and the way the primary half delivered. Neglect the caginess and brutality of a Cup Closing – the edges acquired their paints out and began on a masterpiece.

‘Greatness’ was the phrase painted in English throughout the French turf, straddling the half-way line. If Wales have been to seal a Grand Slam it will be for them – nevertheless it ended up summing up the bonkers contest.

Simply 18 minutes in we had 4 tries. It was superb, and all credit score to each groups for producing it within the flattest of Stade de France atmospheres with no one in.

First Romain Taofifenua touched down simply earlier than Ken Owens and Taulupe Faletau may attain the ball in his paw.

Romain Taofifenua opened the scoring for France as the hosts raced into an early 7-0 lead

Romain Taofifenua opened the scoring for France because the hosts raced into an early 7-0 lead

But Wales fought back and Dan Biggar caught out the French defence to score a try

However Wales fought again and Dan Biggar caught out the French defence to attain a strive

Wales roared again, Louis Rees-Zammit nearly offering Gareth Davies a strive after slicing by on savagely good line from a scrum, however the scrum-half was held up.

Regardless of, subsequent Dan Biggar got here in on a devastating angle to catch Davies’ move to attain.

Subsequent breath France had their second. Pure poetry. Brice Dulin chipped, Matthieu Jalibert caught, Antoine Dupont took his pop and ran it in. Magnifique.

They name the scrum-half ‘The Bull from Toulouse’ and confronted with a line a crimson earlier than him he went about snorting and kicking his method by proper from the beginning.

Wales’ subsequent strive got here quickly – an unbelievable multi-phase drive involving each participant, ending with Josh Navidi piling over with the assistance of Owens on the latch. With Biggar’s conversion we have been degree once more.

A penalty for him and substitute Romain Ntamack noticed the half finish at 17-all. Breathless, great stuff that absolutely couldn’t be sustained.

France's scrum half Antoine Dupont showed his class with an excellent score over the line

France’s scrum half Antoine Dupont confirmed his class with a superb rating over the road

Stuff that, it turned extra dramatic. After a Biggar penalty Tipuric took the mickey subsequent, so dripping with expertise his grubber kick squirted across the French 22, Josh Adams scooped it up after it had hit Tomos Williams and the wing scored.

Wayne Barnes the TMO’s had an extended take a look at it – the choice from Luke Pearce on-field was that Adams had grounded it – and Barnes may discover no proof he had not, so it was given.

It was an unlimited determination to make, with little to point out Adams had it down, however with Biggar’s conversion the Welsh have been 10 factors up with half an hour left.

They have been to not know, however each second was sticking Welsh heads nearer to the guillotine.

An Ntamack penalty had France inside seven; then Rees-Zammit nearly scored the strive of his life, leaping into the nook and touching down one-handed, however the ball was grounded on the post-protector. It was millimetres.

But the hosts were once again hauled back by Wales, who levelled through Josh Navidi

However the hosts have been as soon as once more hauled again by Wales, who levelled by Josh Navidi

However, Mohamed Haouas was sin-binned for bringing down a maul earlier than, Pearce got here again for the penalty and Biggar kicked it to place Wales in command, 10 factors up once more.

Absolutely the Slam specialists would see this out. You have been sure they might, particularly when Pearce reached for crimson.

Dulin had scored on the left, however wait – on assessment Willemse had ripped Wyn Jones out of a ruck, his fingers delving into the prop’s eye as he cleared him out.

One other crimson in Wales’ favour to comply with Peter O’Mahony and Zander Fagerson.

However their self-discipline crumbled. Faletau and Liam Williams have been sin-binned, Charles Ollivon scored earlier than that unbelievable remaining passage noticed Dulin dance in and Wales’ crown slip.

Josh Adams then plunged over the line and there was no TMO evidence to reverse the decision

Josh Adams then plunged over the road and there was no TMO proof to reverse the choice

Alun Wyn Jones was ultimately denied the chance to win a fourth Grand Slam for his side

Alun Wyn Jones was in the end denied the prospect to win a fourth Grand Slam for his aspect

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