France 20-7 Wales LIVE! Six Nations 2023 Match Stream, Latest Rugby Scores & Updates Today
The Six Nations Super Saturday continues in Paris this afternoon as the Blues hope to keep their title hopes alive. The defending champions must win handsomely at the Stade de France and then hope for huge favor from their former English rivals in Dublin later to destroy Ireland’s Grand Slam dreams and top the world’s top-ranked team in the end. . Unlikely yes, but stranger things have happened.
France should hold their end of the bargain as they head home today, following a seven-try, 43-point rout at Twickenham last weekend that was England’s heaviest home defeat. Confidence will now be back at high levels in Fabien Galthie’s camp after their first Six Nations victory in English territory since 2005, just what they needed with the small matter of a Rugby World Cup at home looming in the fall.
Warren Gatland’s Welsh side endured a mostly dismal tournament amid the sport’s continuing domestic crisis but should at least avoid the wooden spoon after that well-deserved bonus points win in Rome last weekend . Follow France vs Wales in the Six Nations live below!
France 20-7 Wales
An excellent start from Wales, who deserved to take the lead thanks to George North’s easy try.
However, the French have taken the lead since then, with tries from Damian Penaud and Jonathan Danty plus a pair of penalties from Thomas Ramos.
It could well be damage limitation for Warren Gatland’s team from here.
Watch: Danty goes over for the second French try
36 mins: Penaud has been excellent for France so far and the French fans want North to be punished for deflecting his pass there.
He then leads another dangerous attack which is roughly repelled by Biggar, giving Wales the ball halfway in their own half.
Wales need half time here.
TO TRY! France 20-7 Wales | Jonathan Danty 34′
34 mins: Ruthless!
France attack with real threat down the left, with wonderful passing and footwork as half-backs Ntamack and Dupont link up to superb effect.
The Welsh defense is completely tightened so France passes quickly to the right, with three passes including a last from Penaud to Danty, who sprints and dives into the right corner.
Ramos’ conversion sneaks in from the far post! It’s tough for Wales, but they are now down a 13-point hole heading into half-time.
SADNESS! France 13-7 Wales | Thomas Ramos 29′
29 mins: A Welsh pass is thrown well behind Biggar, leaving Wales to scramble.
They manage to seize it but we end up with a scrum from which the visiting peloton is put under great pressure.
It’s another penalty, which the steadfast Ramos duly hits. The French lead increases to six points.
SADNESS! France 10-7 Wales | Thomas Ramos 26′
26 mins: That’s why Wales largely tried to avoid the breakdown early on, as France’s rucking and jackalling is supreme.
Faletau is knocked down by a combination of Marchand and Cros, with the hooker then instantly getting his big frame on the ball.
The penalty is in easily kickable territory and Ramos duly forces to give France the lead for the first time today.
24 mins: A tennis kick as Ramos looks to give France an advantage in this area.
Alun Wyn Jones has left for an HIA, so Dafydd Jenkins is for Wales at the moment.
23 mins: France’s attack doesn’t quite fire up yet and a Fickou knockdown is pushed forward by North as Wales rush in to build up even more pressure.
Eventually, the hosts calmly regroup and the Dupont compound is able to shoot into touch almost halfway.
22 mins: More Welsh pressure after the set-piece as Beard tries to cross the line, but he’s knocked down by Baille and it’s a lightning-fast ruckus from Taofifenua to earn a penalty.
20 mins: Wales get such a fast ball here as they slip into the 22 again, offloading fast and furiously to avoid France’s formidable rucking that destroyed England last week.
The handling is good, but so is the French tackle as Alun Wyn Jones is held back and looks for a quick offload at the back that North cannot bring.