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Wales v France - Live
That is that then. Wales win 27-6 as France are beaten for the first time in this Six Nations Championship. Gethin Jenkins was the man-of-the-match but the collective effort won this contest. Thanks for joining us and don't forget we're in Rome and London tomorrow for the other two games.
78 The answer is no as Andrew Coombs' strong work sees Wales turn over possession. France seem immensely frustrated with tonight's effort and rightly they should, they have been outplayed by the holders.
77 It will be a French line-out fifteen metres from the Welsh line as replacement James Hook is forced to play a grubber from Dulin. Can the visitors end with something positive? They are mauling it on...
75 Picamoles has returned by the way and is back with purpose, surging down the blindside 20 out before Wales recover to bring him to ground. Still French ball soon after as Gael Fickou gets a first touch.
71 An absorbing two minutes with Lydiate throwing his body into tackles, Warburton pouncing on loose ball and Bonneval looking dangerous. It's a Welsh scrum on halfway but not before Webb, Priestland, Lydiate and Jones depart to applause from those in Cardiff.
68 Hats off to the Welsh scrum, they have just walked France back five metres to win a penalty. They now kick to halfway where hooker Ken Owens will throw.
66 Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly and Brice Mach are also on for France, who attack with purpose in the home 22. But Wales stand firm, earning cheers.
65 CONVERSION, WALES, HALFPENNY! 27-6! The lead is 21 as France send on Yannick Forestier and Remi Tales.
64 TRY, WALES, WARBURTON! 25-6! Wales strike and it's their captain who crosses, reaching out to ground close to the uprights. That should be that then in Cardiff as Halfpenny waits to kick the conversion.
63 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, PICAMOLES! The French number eight goes to the bin for hands at ruck time and that is a huge blow to the visitors. Wales sense blood and attack with purpose in the aftermath.
60 That is classic Warburton as he gets over Bonneval on the ground and pounces for the penalty offence. Up steps Halfpenny from distance...it's well wide.
57 So while Wales enjoy the scrum, both nations are cutting loose in back play as first Fofana makes good metres on halfway before North responds as this contest warms nicely. 23 minutes remaining.
56 Wales are definitely on top at the set-piece right now as replacement Paul James helps his side win a penalty on their 22. Priestland kicks to halfway.
53 Mas' replacement, Vincent Debaty, is penalised at the first opportunity so Wales come away from the red zone. The visitors have certainly lifted their efforts after the break though, that is for sure.
51 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, MAS! Scrum offence.
51 YELLOW CARD, WALES, JENKINS! Scrum offence.
50 Finally Bastareaud makes his entrance as he busts through North 20 metres out. He is brought down by Priestland five from the whitewash but his offload is knocked on by Bonneval. So close for Les Bleus
48 Unlucky for Plisson as he misses a long-range shot after Mas got the better of Jones at scrum-time. These missed points could be crucial at full-time.
45 Nothing comes of the field position as France repel Wales back to halfway, with Webb waiting to put in.
43 France won't recover if they give away penalties such as the one Picamoles has, entering the ruck from the side. Priestland makes him pay too, as a superb touch-finder sends Wales within 15 metres.
41 Welcome back to the Millennium Stadium where France are down by 14 points with it all to do in the next 40 minutes. Doussain is off, replaced by Machenaud, with French fans no doubt cheering that decision.
Wales 20 - 6 France
40 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 20-6! No mistake from the Welsh full-back as the last kick of the half sees three more points added to the hosts' tally. It's been a great 40, join us for more very soon.
38 Mistake from Webb at the base sees a knock-on on halfway so it's a late opportunity in this first-half for France...Well, they didn't even get the chance to attack as Wales dominate at scrum-time!
35 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 17-6! France can't get close to the hosts as now Fofana is penalised for not rolling away after bringing down North 20 out. Halfpenny kicks those in his sleep. Easy points.
32 PENALTY, FRANCE, PLISSON! 14-6! Mas gets the better of Jenkins this time and up steps Plisson from 40 out, replacing Doussain off the tee. Superb kick.
30 It has been a fascinating couple of minutes as both Wales and France look capable of creating something from nothing on halfway. Ultimately a crooked throw in from Szarzewski results in a Welsh scrum 60 out.
27 Here come Wales now, looking to compound Doussain's miss as they set up camp in the French 22. Luckily for Les Bleus they come away from danger unscathed.
24 That is a superb response from Mas as he combines with Dimitri Szarzewski on halfway to make great metres, which result in a Welsh offence. Doussain calls for the tee, 30 out, but he misses! Terrible.
20 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 14-3! Doussain's effort is followed by three from Halfpenny as Nicolas Mas is the player penalised at the set-piece this time.
17 PENALTY, FRANCE, DOUSSAIN! 11-3! Points for France as their scrum-half slots three to reduce the lead.
16 A mini triumph for France as they look to have the stronger scrum tonight. In fact they opt not to go quickly from a free-kick and instead take another set-piece. This one results in a kickable penalty.
13 Some encouragement for Les Bleus as they enjoy a first decent spell of possession about 30 metres from the Welsh line. It comes out to Huget, who races over but it came from a knock-on. No try.
10 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 11-0! Pape is penalised for offside at a ruck close to halfway and up steps Halfpenny to make amends after that recent miss. A great strike from the soon-to-be Toulon player.
7 Halfpenny misses the relatively simple conversion.
6 TRY, WALES, NORTH! 8-0! What a start from Wales as Brice Dulin spills the ball whilst attempting to collect in his own 22 and North snipes and dives over for the first try. France look shell-shocked.
3 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-0! France fail to roll away and Wales take the lead. What a kick from the Welsh full-back from about 50 metres on the angle. Doussain boxes to halfway.
Conditions above will not be a concern seeing as the roof is closed in Cardiff but it's under foot where worries remain at the Millennium Stadium.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made just one injury-enforced change to his starting line-up, as Wenceslas Lauret replaces Bernard Le Roux at flank.
Wales have suffered a late blow with the news that Alun-Wyn Jones is ruled out injured so Jake Ball starts. Andrew Coombs comes onto the bench while George North lines up at centre with Jamie Roberts while Liam Williams is on the wing for this one.
Hello and welcome from the Millennium Stadium for Wales versus France. It's Friday night Six Nations action here and we can't wait for kick-off. Team news is coming up ahead of this critical showdown as France look to make it three from three in 2014.
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