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France v Wales - Live

Last updated: 9th February 2013  

Full Time Full-Time: France 6-16 Wales

80 France trying to salvage something but the ball goes appropriately forward as the boos ring out. Wales end their losing run thanks to North's magic finish, but this was a truly dismal fixture. Next for France? A trip to Twickenham...

79 Last chance for France but they waste it through a tap penalty rather than the corner, knocking on outside Wales' 22. Excellent defence from the visitors who have earned their win late on.

76 Trinh-Duc, oddly out on the wing, tries to attack but with no fortune. Spectators pouring out of the ground as Wales have a scrum, counting down the clock.

Penalty PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 6-16 Wales regather possession from the restart and win the penalty! Halfpenny stepping up to win the match from a long way out, but he has the power in his boot. Up he steps and... it's over!

TRY TRY, WALES NORTH! 6-13 Parra's box kick doesn't go far enough and Wales have an attacking lineout. North crashes up, chip over the top from Biggar and North is in! Try in the corner! Upstairs to the TMO to confirm... super finish.

70 Comedy moment from Huget as the ball goes forward off his head. Roberts kicks into touch and France will have to clear from their 22.

66 Wales win the penalty at the scrum - escaping from their half. The visitors now try to attack down the left, building the phases but lacking the quick ball required. Jamie Roberts isolated in midfield but clings on, before Bigger wastes possession with a terrible outside flick of the boot.

64 French attack continues to power forward - camped outside the Welsh 22. Spilled at the ruck and France have the scrum, which has been on top in the last few minutes.

62 Thunderous drive from France wins the penalty at the scrum and they move into Welsh territory.

60 More dross. Neither side able to make a mark and the crowd are showing their frustration.

58 Little structure for either side but Wales come again - a poor kick from Mike Phillips bringing the attack swiftly to an end.

56 Huge cheer as Morgan Parra enters the fray - France lineout results in a turnover by Ryan Jones and Wales have a good attacking scrum.

54 Driving maul leads to a blindside break for Picamoles, but the ball is lost and Wales counter - Halfpenny searching for space. Chip over the top from Ryan Jones of all people finds touch in the France 22.

Penalty PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 6-6 Strong scrum from France and Michalak has the penalty, levelling the scores. Who will spark first?

49 Solid defence from Wales yields a scrum, Fofana wrapped up by Faletau. Both sides equally matched.

47 France attacking down the right, Fofana on an inside line trying to slide through the middle. Wales turn to batter away the attackers.

44 Break from Machaneaud from the restart and France are five metres out - back to Trinh Duc whose drop goal attempt is... wide! Poor option in the first place.

Penalty PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-6 Easy does it for Halfpenny and Wales take an early lead.

40 Francois Trinh-Duc for France leading to a reshuffle in the French backline - Mike Phillips not wasting any time from the restart as he charges forward. France recover the ball but Wales have the penalty, straight in front.

Half Time France 3-3 Wales

40 Carries from Tipuric and Phillips but Wales can't find a gap. Nothing comes off it, the boos ring out as both sides leave the field and that's a fair summary. Lots of possession for Wales but unable to use it, minimal opportunities created. Work to be done.

39 Penalty to Wales on the brink of half-time. Biggar kicks to touch and Wales will aim to salvage something before the interval.

37 Multiple phases for Wales but then Picamoles pounces at the ruck for the turnover. Plenty of territory and possession for the visitors but nothing coming.

35 Wales fail to use the space down the left-hand side, instead crashing the ball up with Faletau down the right.

33 Powerful maul well controlled by Szarzewski at the base, but Wales win the penalty, Gethin Jenkins turning the ball over at the breakdown. Biggar clears to halfway.

31 Advantage to France following the lineout - just out of Michalak's range who will target the corner instead.

28 Grubber through from Biggar causes problems for Huget who dabs the ball into touch. Welsh lineout in the France 22 - Wales set up a maul but Picamoles steals the ball. Fall clears upfield, Wales scampering but France turn over the ball. Kick through behind but Jonathan Davies clears up and Wales breathe again.

26 French defence holding firm as Wales attack - Biggar goes high but it's an easy take for Huget who skews his kick into the arms of Halfpenny. A troublesome bounce from the Welsh respondent kick leads to a 22 dropout for France.

24 Powerful scrum from Wales wins them the penalty, Biggar clearing to find touch in the France half.

22 Halfpenny charged down by Huget - Cuthbert regathers the ball but it slips and France attack in the Welsh 22. Smart choke tackle implemented by Ryan Jones and Wales have the scrum.

19 France create some handy possession in the Welsh half - powerful runs from Bastareaud and Suta. Wide to Huget who slips the tackle of Mike Phillips, Bastareaud on a jinking inside line. Huget well covered by Halfpenny but France press, a phenomenal turnover from Wales saving the day and Halfpenny clears.

Penalty PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-3 Easy for the full-back, Wales on the board.

16 Penalty to Wales from the restart - Biggar strokes it into the corner and Wales have a five metre lineout. Static maul so Wales go wide, Roberts then Biggar carrying up. France penalised and Wales will go for goal.

Penalty PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK! 3-0 Penalty at the scrum to France and Michalak will have a shot at goal. No problem, France lead.

12 Knock-on from Dusautoir turns over possession and Wales clear from a Jonathan Davies grubber, thumped by Bastareaud as he kicked. Long lineout taken by Picamoles as France attack into the Welsh half.

10 Wales penalised for not releasing at the breakdown - Michalak clears into the Welsh half.

9 Atrocious state of the pitch not helping matters as multiple scrum resets cause more damage.

6 Wales enjoying plenty of early territory as Biggar goes for a drop goal. It falls short and Huget counters but to little effect. Scrum to Wales.

3 Excellent drive from Faletau puts Wales in the France, but the ball goes forward. Machaneaud clears from the scrum.

1 Early knock-on from Wales hands France a scrum outside their 22 - penalty to the hosts and Michalak clears to half-way. Pitch cutting up heavily.

Kick-Off Anthems sung and pyrotechnics set off - it's time to get underway in Paris. Dan Biggar to start us off.

Dry conditions so far in a freezing Paris. Soft hands required under a clear sky.

Team News Wales captain Sam Warburton is unable to take part in Paris due to injury, meaning the in-form Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric comes in at openside with Ryan Jones on the blindside leading the side. Richard Hibbard is back at hooker whilst Lou Reed returns to the replacements bench.

Team News Injury to last weekend's captain Pascal Papÿ© sees Thierry Dusautoir re-gain the armband. Toulon's Jocelino Suta replaces Papÿ© at lock, with Mathieu Bastareaud returning in the centre to partner Maxime Mermoz.

welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade de France for Saturday's mammoth Six Nations clash between a wounded France and reigning Six Nations champions Wales.

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