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  • World Cup
  • Semi Final
  • 15th Oct 2011
  • KO 09:00
  • Ground: Eden Park, Auckland
  • Att: 50,000

Wales v France - Live

Last updated: 15th October 2011  

Full-time WALES 8-9 FRANCE

80 We're into extra time now and still Wales have the crowd on their feet. The French happy to make the tackles though as the men in red aren't going anywhere fast. The ball spills out, and Bonnaire tries to snap it up but Ryan Jones gets there first. Out to Roberts, who knocks on!!!! France swarm over the ball. Parra hoists the ball into the stands and it's game over! France through to the World Cup final! Heartbreak for Wales!

79 Wales go through the phases ... 20 phases now and counting, edging closer and closer for that match-winning drop-goal. The French defence has been solid though. They must be careful not to give away a penalty! Wales must be careful not to knock on!

76 My goodness - this game is hanging on a knife's edge!

75 Halfpenny takes his time. He strikes it straight and true... but the ball falls inches short!!!

73 Wales in possession now, Bradley Davies gets tackled. Places it, and Nicolas Mas comes over the top and picks it up but Davies holds on... however it's Wales who win the penalty! Mas is furious. But the penalty stands, and gives Wales a chance to go in front as Leigh Halfpenny lines it up on halfway.

70 Ten minutes left! Can France hold on? Wales surge into their 22 once again... they must be thinking of a drop sooner rather than later as Faletau takes it up closer. Oh, Wales are blown up at the breakdown. Penalty to France. and they'll breath a sigh of relief.

66 Bonnaire secures the ball for France at the line-out and Yachvili kicks ahead and into touch. Wales win their throw-in and Stephen Jones kicks ahead from the breakdown... Jonathan Davies gives chase. Médard is back, throws a dummy which has Davies fooled and clears.

63 Both sides makes changes: Alun Wyn Jones is off and Bradley Davies is on for Wales, while France send Julien Pierre on for Pape.

62 Now Wales go wide, but they flirting too close to the sideline and France shove replacement Ryan Jones into touch about 8m out from their tryline.

61 Wales are charged up now and throwing everything at the French - Toby Faletau powers up the middle and France are back in their 22, forced to defend. Stephen Jones with the drop-goal... charged down! This match has just clicked into fifth gear!

59 Stephen Jones with the conversion attempt... the crowd like it, but the ball just shades the upright. Crikey, that missed by a whisker! It's a one-point ball game now folks. 8-9

TRY58 TRY, WALES. The Welsh put the phases together and make their way inside France's dangerzone. Phillips picks up from a ruck, throws a dummy and runs into a gap! He's going to go all the way here... try! Wales back in it.

55 Maxime Mermoz stabs a grubber kick ahead and George North can only watch helplessly as the ball rolls into touch just outside Wales' 22m line.

52 Mike Phillips now, feeding Alun-Wyn Jones on the charge but he can't make any ground. Phillips again, this time Davies takes and tries to spark something on the blind side but his pass finds the Eden Park turf. Stephen Jones picks up... but runs straight into one of his players. Oh it's just a mess out there.

Penalty50 PENALTY, FRANCE. Tricky penalty for Parra from wide out, but the pivot raises the flags once again! France open a six-point lead. 3-9

49 Les Bleus get the drive on, but Wales turn on the brakes as Paul James falls on the ground, and the players topple over him. That will be a penalty to France and another chance to extend their lead.

47 France on the attack as Clerc weaves his way through the Welsh defence. Finally, Jonathan Davies brings him down. Thierry Dusautoir picks up and surges forward - France 15m out.

45 Replacements for both teams. For Frane: Poux off, Barcella on and Servat off and Szarzewski on. Wales also make changes as Stephen Jones comes on for Hook.

44 Hook goes long with the restart... Médard takes inside his 22, and takes his time to punt the ball into touch on halfway. Line-out to Wales, but Alun-Wyn Jones makes a mess of it. Bonnaire kicks the loose ball ahead, and Wales have to scramble back. Shame Williams shows a cool head, regathers and clears his lines.

42 Harinordoquy busts through a few tackles, Julien Bonnaire takes his team up further. Parra hangs back for the drop, out it comes... he puts ball to boot and... wide!

Second half Welcome back! France pounce on a Wales error from the restart and the Welsh are forced to make desperate tackles early on.

Half-time WALES 3-6 FRANCE

40 Parra restarts with a 22m drop-out, Wales launch one last attack before half-time. Can they have the final say in this half? No, they can't. Roberts knocks on, the teams scrum down and Yachvili kicks it into touch. Wales with a mountain to climb after the break... see you then folks!

39 Hook with a cheeky drop-goal attempt.... it's wide. In fact, it hardly made it in the air!

37 Hook hoists a high up and under, Medard is underneath but spills it forward as he leapt in the air. Wales will have the put in at the scrum just short of France's 22m line.

Penalty34 PENALTY, FRANCE. France with a chance at three points now - again, it's the Welsh scrum that is penalised. Parra makes no mistake and Les Bleus take the lead for the first time in the match! 3-6

31 Oh dear, Hook has missed another one! That's six points in the toilet now for the Welsh. Could come back to haunt them...

30 Dan Lydiate on the charge, but runs into a blue wall of defenders. He places the ball back, and Pascal Papé then gives a way a penalty for not rolling away at the tackle. Chance for Hook to put Wales back in front if he can find his target.

27 Finally, Wales make their out of their half for the first time since Warburton was sent off. Roberts takes two defenders with him. Hook now with a chip ahead for Shane Williams to give chase but Alexis Palisson wins the race and touches down for a 22m drop-out.

24 Wales on the backfoot once more - and Poux comes inches from scoring, only for a desperate tackle from Huw Bennett keeping the French prop out. Wales struggling here... can they go the distance with 14 men? Hmmm...

Penalty21 PENALTY, FRANCE. Wales have the put in at the scrum, but France shove back their opposition's seven-man pack and win a penalty. Morgan Parra lines up his first shot at goal and raises the flags! France on the board! 3-3

Red Card18 RED CARD, WALES. Vincent Clerc has a run, but he's met with a thumping tackle by Wales skipper Sam Warburton... oh, that didn't look good! He's tipped Clerc over in the tackle and the France wing stays down. This could be trouble for Warburton and Wales. Red card!!! The Wales flank and captain is sent off and Wales are down to 14 men for the remainder of this match.

15 France show some flair and try run it out from their 22, Maxime Médard has ball in hand... steps in and out, before putting Alexis Palisson away down the touchline. He slips! Momentum lost for the French, but they still in possession.

13 Hook hasn't struck it well, and the ball drifts to the right of the posts. Flags stay down, and a chance to take a six-point lead in a RWC semi-final goes begging for Wales.

12 France guilty of dropping another ball - Imanol Harinordoquy puts it down. Scrum to Wales and this time referee Alain Rolland blows up the French front row. To make matters worse for France, it's in kicking distance for Hook.

9 Blow for Wales now as prop Adam Jones limps off the field. Looks like a calf injury and on comes Paul James in his place.

Penalty7 PENALTY, WALES. James Hook lines up the first kick at goal of this semi-final... he's 30m out from posts and 5m out from the left-hand touchline. Over! Fantastic kick. First blood to Wales! 3-0

6 Jamie Roberts breaks off two tackles and makes some hard yards before he's tackled near the touchline. A sea of red and blue jerseys come flooding in, but France are pinged for hands in the ruck - penalty to Wales.

4 Yachvili now with a box kick, Leigh Halfpenny is under it and takes well, but puts a foot in touch which gives the French a line-out on on Wales' 10m line. William Servat throws, Lionel Nallet takes, France get the drive on but prop Jean-Baptiste Poux knocks on. Players strugglng to cope with the wet ball early on...

3 Penalty to France - the Wales front row penalised for early engagement. Yachvili sends the ball into touch with a superb kick that gains about 35m for his team.

2 Luke Charteris takes in the air, and Wales get the shove on - poweful surge by the forwards and the French have to dig their heels in. They're just 10m out now! Out it comes for Toby Faletau, but the number eight spills it forward. Scrum to France.

1 And we're underway! James Hook kicks off for Wales, taken in by Dimitri Yachvili and the scrum-half punts the ball into touch with the ball slicing off his boot - line-out to the Welsh on France's 22m line.

0 The anthems have been belted out and we're just seconds away from kick-off! Both teams look pumped! Here we go... let the countdown begin. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6...

Team news Les Bleus have named their first unchanged starting line-up of the Rugby World Cup. It is their sixth unchanged starting line-up in RWC history. Four of their previous five unchanged line-ups were also for knockout matches and all four resulted in defeats - three of them by at least 17 points.

Team news Wales have made one change to the line-up that beat Ireland for this semi-final, whcih sees James Hook in for the injured Rhys Priestland at fly-half.

Form Wales are the fittest side in the tournament at the moment. They have threats up front and at the back and defend like Trojans. Their team has been consistent in their outlook and attacking prowess. For this alone they should start as favourites. But who would ever write off the French? Frustration may abound but they still have enough firepower to punish any side in world rugby. If they do find their frustration, they can hurt Wales. Either way, we're in for a mouth-watering contest.

Welcome! Hello and welcome to Auckland's Eden Park for the first of this weekend's Rugby World Cup semi-finals which sees Wales take on France! The winner returns to Eden Park for the final next Sunday, while the losers hang around for the third-place play-off.

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