Fiji Time: 5:27 PM on Monday 24 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Wales keeps hope alive

Afp
Sunday, February 23, 2014

CARDIFF - Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland was an unusually happy man yesterday after a try in each half earned a third successive win over France and put them back in the hunt to retain their Six Nations crown.

Wales triumphed 27-6 after Irish referee Alain Rolland, in his last Test, had sent three players to the sin-bin in the second half, two of them from the French pack, as the visitors were well beaten at Millennium Stadium.

Gatland had warned his players he wouldn't tolerate another performance like the one that led to a 26-3 defeat by Ireland in Dublin last time out.

And the New Zealander was delighted by the way Wales responded against a France side who had been eyeing a grand slam.

"I am often grumpy with these guys, but I am happy with that," Gatland told the BBC.

"They responded well, with a good performance and a fantastic result.

"We were smashed up front against Ireland, they took us apart and we had to have a good hard look at ourselves."

French fullback Brice Dulin admitted: "The Welsh learned a lot from their loss to the Irish and were a different side."

Most of the damage was done in the first half, as the Welsh racked up a 20-6 lead by halftime with fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicking five penalties, opening the scoring in the first minute on his way to a 17-point haul for the match.

His only first-half failure with the boot was his conversion attempt for George North's try on five minutes.

Things went from bad to worse for coach Philippe Saint-Andre's men as North harassed fullback Brice Dulin into a mistake close to his line after he had followed a deft kick ahead by Halfpenny.

The ball trickled out of Dulin's hands and over the line and North pounced to make it eight points in five minutes.

Wales skipper Sam Warburton scored the game's only other try when he crashed over in the 63rd minute.

Rival props Gethin Jenkins and Nicolas Mas were sent to the sin-bin for a collapsed scrum while French No.8 Louis Picamoles became the second French forward to be given a yellow card, this time for not rolling away in the tackle.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65410.6351
JPY 53.691150.6911
GBP 0.37740.3694
EUR 0.45250.4405
NZD 0.69880.6658
AUD 0.64790.6229
USD 0.48740.4704

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 21st, April, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Possible mole in party
  2. iTaukei issues
  3. Airport plan for Labasa
  4. Miss World Fiji to focus on issues affecting children
  5. Fijiana step up
  6. Cruise visitor rating 'low'
  7. Focus on Constitution
  8. EDITOR
  9. Fiji, US team up on climate
  10. A mother's sacrifice

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death sparks anger Wednesday (19 Apr)
  2. Students question Attorney-General on salaries of ministers Tuesday (18 Apr)
  3. Cokes17: Maia breaks record Thursday (20 Apr)
  4. Money and gold Tuesday (18 Apr)
  5. Sawani cheerleaders Thursday (20 Apr)
  6. Nominate while you can Saturday (22 Apr)
  7. Search party finds wreck Tuesday (18 Apr)
  8. 30-year record stands Thursday (20 Apr)
  9. Cokes17: RKS, ACS maintain lead Friday (21 Apr)
  10. Cokes17: Natabua's Tuvusa wins Blue Ribbon title Friday (21 Apr)