RWC: Wales beat France to reach semifinals

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Ross Moriarty scored the winning try as Wales defeated 14-man France 20-19 in an incredible comeback victory that secures their semi-final spot.

Referee Jaco Peyper has earned the ire of French fans after appearing to pose for a photo with Welsh supporters while mimicking the elbow that saw France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina shown a red card.

They lost one man for risky play in the second half, but Wales still struggled to gain the upper hand.

If Wales made it past that test, they would make it to their first ever World Cup final.

A semi-final clash against South Africa or hosts Japan is on the horizon for both sides and you can find out who makes it with live updates right here. "That red card was significant". Our boys don't give up, though. It was a tough physical game and we kept plugging away.

They have not played, though, since that showdown in Higashi-ku after their final pool game against England was called off due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The French will be furious that they allowed themselves to be forced onto the defensive, having played superbly for most of the opening 50 minutes.

In an electric match which exploded into life with three tries in the first 12 minutes, it was Les Bleus who bolted out to a 12-0 lead after just eight minutes.

Wales had barely swung a punch but got on the scoreboard when Wainwright scooped up a dropped ball to gallop between the posts for his first worldwide try.

"I think I completely lost my head".

The 48th minute red card, which was the biggest talking point of the match on Sunday, was less controversial, with replays showing the French forward clearly elbowing Aaron Wainwright in the face during a maul.

After a long TMO check, the try was confirmed.

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