Wales edges France
19 March, 2018, 12:00 am
CARDIFF – Wales dug deep to edge out a resurgent France side 14-13 in the final game of the Six Nations at the Principality stadium on Saturday to finish second in the standings.
The Welsh prevailed thanks to a try by Liam Williams and three penalties by Leigh Halfpenny to end the championship behind Ireland who sealed the grand slam by beating England 24-15 at Twickenham.
France, who have been showing signs of improvement since they beat England last Saturday, scored a try through Gael Fickou with Francois Trinh-Duc kicking a drop goal and Maxime Machenaud slotting home a conversion and a penalty.
Les Bleus had the upper hand, notably in the second half, but finished the tournament in fourth place in new coach Jacques Brunel’s first campaign in charge.
“It was definitely an ugly win. Sometimes you will take an ugly victory over the performance. We turned up today and it was all about winning,” Wales coach Warren Gatland said.
“The performance was not the most important thing. We started off well but there were too many turnovers and mistakes,” he added.
“That is not a bad French team and they are going to get better. It is a tough competition to win or finish second and we are pleased with where we are at the moment.”