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Last Updated: Saturday February 28 2009 11:57 GMT

Wales' Grand Slam hopes destroyed

France take on Wales

France have dashed Wales' hopes of a back-to-back Grand Slam at the Six Nations after beating the defending champions 21-16 in Paris.

The visitors were leading 13-3 after 24 minutes, but by the break France had brought the score level at 13-13.

In the second half, Wales then fell behind and a penalty by Parra extended the lead to 21-13.

James Hook reduced the points difference with a penalty three minutes later but France held firm to win.

If Wales had won the match they would have equalled the tournament record of nine wins in a row.


After the match Wales coach Warren Gatland said: "With us 13-3 up and half-time coming we needed more accuracy.

"We've got to think about Italy [in Rome on 14 March] and getting some points on the board.

"Then it's Ireland at home we'll see if we can win the Championship on points."