France v Wales - Key Points

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny was faultless from the tee
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny was faultless from the tee

Damien Chouly became the hero for France with his decisive try in the 20th minute of additional time as Guy Noves' men edged out Wales with a 20-18 win at Stade de France on Saturday. Here are few of the key points on the encounter.


"The Welsh fans are going to miss their flights home at this rate... #20minExtratime #FRAvWAL" - Olympic champion track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is left worrying about the logistics of the late finish of the match.

STAR MAN: Damien Chouly

He may have only been a replacement but the Clermont Auvergne forward scored the decisive try which handed Lopez the chance to kick the match-winning conversion. Up until that point Wales full-back Halfpenny was set to take the honours with his solid display from the tee with six penalties scored from six kicks.


Or rather the extra 20 minutes of the match. The clock went red and France were camped out just metres from the Welsh line as they trailed 18-13. A series of scrum resets and penalty advantages played by referee Wayne Barnes, which included the sin-binning of Wales prop Samson Lee - who subsequently returned to the field before the game's conclusion - set up a tense and often confusing finale which ended when Chouly crossed for the decisive try.


France made 591 metres to Wales' 337 but their indiscipline - and the accuracy of Halfpenny's kicking - saw them almost lose the game despite their brutish dominance.


Leigh Halfpenny: 9/10
George North: 7
Jonathan Davies: 7
Scott Williams: 5
Liam Williams: 6
Dan Biggar: 6
Rhys Webb: 7
Rob Evans: 6
Ken Owens: 7
Tomas Francis: 5
Jake Ball: 6
Alun Wyn Jones: 6
Sam Warburton: 7
Justin Tipuric: 8
Ross Moriarty: 7
Replacements: 6

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