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Last Updated:  Saturday, 29 March, 2003, 13:12 GMT
Clockwatch: France 33-5 Wales
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Minute-by-minute updates:

80+4 mins: Referee Paddy O'Brien blows his whistle for the final time to signal Wales' first wooden spoon since 1995, and their third whitewash in the history of the Championship.
FT: France 33-5 Wales

80+1 mins: France appear set to finish with a flourish but knock on deep in Welsh territory.

78 mins: Wales concede another penalty to give France another attacking platform.

76 mins: France send on Gerald Merceron for Dimitri Yachvili and Jean-Baptiste Rue for hooker Raphael Ibanez.

75 mins: Colin Charvis returns from the sin-bin.

74 mins: Tom Shanklin and Steve Williams are sent on for Iestyn Harris and Gareth Llewellyn respectively.

71 mins: France, despite a 23-point lead, opt for another kick at goal and Dimitri Yachvili lands the penalty.
France 33-5 Wales

69 mins: Wales finally launch some attacks at the French line only to be pulled back for an earlier offence.

66 mins: Frederic Michalak sells a dummy that Iestyn Harris and Mark Taylor buy far too easily and the French fly-half saunters over for France's third try. Dimitri Yachvili adds the extras.
France 30-5 Wales

64 mins: Iestyn Harris has a kick charged down to put Wales under pressure and Colin Charvis exacerbates the situation by getting himself yellow carded for coming in at the side of a ruck.

62 mins: France surprisingly opt to kick for goal rather than touch and Dimitri Yachvili puts the penalty over to effectively seal victory.
France 23-5 Wales

60 mins: Patrick Tabacco wins a line-out at the tail and Olivier Magne charges on but France's eagerness for a third try sees them dive in at the ruck.

59 mins: France bring on lock David Auradou for Olivier Brouzet and No 8 Patrick Tabacco for Imanol Harinordoquy.

57 mins: Wales finally secure some possession but Thomas Cataignede intercepts Iestyn Harris's pass.

54 mins: Wales make a further change with prop Martyn Madden coming on for Gethin Jenkins.

53 mins: Wales replace scrum-half Dwayne Peel with Gareth Cooper, while Gareth Thomas returns from the blood bin.

51 mins: Superb handling from Frederic Michalak, Thomas Castaignede and Clement Poitrenaud puts Vincent Clerc over for a second French try in the right corner. Dimitri Yachvili converts to extend France's lead.
France 20-5 Wales

50 mins: Colin Charvis knocks on under no pressure on his own 22 to hand France an attacking opportunity.

48 mins: Dafydd Jones wins a vital turnover to put Wales onto the offensive, but centre Mark Taylor is bundled into touch down the right flank.

45 mins: Wales are penalised for killing the ball and Dimitr Yachvili kicks France further ahead.
France 13-5 Wales

42 mins: Wales prop Gethin Jenkins is harshly penalised for a high tackle on Olivier Magne, while Gareth Thomas is temporarily replaced by Tom Shanklin as he receives treatment for a bloodied nose.

41 mins: Xavier Garbajosa beats half-a-dozen Welshmen in a devastating counter attack to take France deep into the visitors' territory.

40 + 3 mins: Wales, defending desperately in their own 22, clear to touch to bring the first half to a close.
HT: France 10-5 Wales

40 mins: France shove Wales off their own ball at the scrum but Frederic Michalak misses a simple drop goal attempt right in front of the posts.

39 mins: A slashing break from Frederic Michalak takes France to within metres of the Welsh line but a knock-on reprieves the visitors.

37 mins: France flanker Serge Betsen is caught offside but Stephen Jones pulls a second penalty attempt wide.

35 mins: Wales are penalised for handling in the ruck and Dimitri Yachvili punishes them with a successful kick at goal.
France 10-5 Wales

33 mins: Mefin Davies fails to find Dafydd Jones at the tail of the line-out as Wales lose their own set-piece possesion for a second time in quick succession.

32 mins: Welsh errors are starting to creep in as Iestyn Harris knocks on and then the visitors lose a line-out on their own throw.

27 mins: French pressure finally pays off as Thomas Castaignede takes Damien Traille's pass on an angled run to touch down. Dimitri Yachvili adds the conversion to edge France ahead.
France 7-5 Wales

25 mins: A great tackle by Wales lock Robert Sidoli on Xavier Garbajosa forces another French error as Serge Betsen knocks on.

23 mins: France centre Thomas Castaignede spots a gap on the outside but is bundled into touch by the impressive Colin Charvis.

22 mins: Frederic Michalak chips ahead to the Wales line but Martyn Williams gets there just ahead of Clement Poitrenaud to keep the French out.

20 mins: France wing Aurelien Rougerie is forced to leave the field with a thigh injury, and is replaced by Vincent Clerc.

18 mins: Martyn Williams rescues a Wales move that has stalled and France flanker Olivier Magne is caught offside, but Stephen Jones misses the penalty attempt.

16 mins: Stephen Jones misses touch with a clearance kick but France full-back Clement Poitrenaud knocks on.

15 mins: Wales create another overlap on halfway but Craig Morgan chips straight into touch to miss the opportunity.

13 mins: France fly-half Frederic Michalak misses a drop goal attempt, but Wales concede a penalty in front of the posts, only for Dimitri Yachvili to slice it wide.

11 mins: France launch a wave of attacks that brings them to within a metre of the French line, but lock Olivier Brouzet knocks on as he tries to dive over the line.

9 mins: Craig Morgan loses control over the French line after a superb kick-ahead by Harris, but the visitors should have claimed a second try in as many minutes.

6 mins: Gareth Thomas finishes off a superb move from inside Wales's 22, to touch down in the right hand corner. Jones misses a tough conversion.
France 0-5 Wales

5 mins: Wales start the brighter of the two teams with Craig Morgan and Iestyn Harris making clean breaks through the French defence.

3 mins: France clear their lines after Dafydd Jones is penalised for holding onto the ball inside the French half.

Kick-off 1300: Referee Paddy O'Brien 's whistle starts the match with Wales fly-half Stephen Jones kicking-off.


France: C Poitrenaud (Stade Toulousain); A Rougerie (Montferrand), T Castaignede (Saracens), D Traille (Pau), X Garbajosa (Stade Toulousain); F Michalak (Stade Toulousain), D Yachvili (Biarritz); J-J Crenca (Agen), R Ibanez (Castres), S Marconnet (Stade Franšais), F Pelous (Stade Toulousain, capt), O Brouzet (Montferrand), S Betsen (Biarritz), O Magne (Montferrand), I Harinordoquy (Pau).

Reps: J-B Rue (Agen), O Milloud (Bourgoin), D Auradou (Stade Franšais), P Tabacco (Stade Franšais), J-B Elissalde (Stade Toulousain), G Merceron (Montferrand), V Clerc (Stade Toulousain).

Wales: R Williams (Cardiff); C Morgan (Cardiff), M Taylor (Swansea), I Harris (Cardiff), G Thomas (Bridgend); S Jones (Llanelli), D Peel (Llanelli); I Thomas (Llanelli), M Davies (Pontypridd), G Jenkins (Pontypridd), R Sidoli (Pontypridd), G Llewellyn (Neath), C Charvis (Swansea), M Williams (Cardiff, capt), D Jones (Llanelli).

Reps: M Madden (Llanelli), S Williams (Northampton), G Thomas (Bath), G Cooper (Bath), M Watkins (Llanelli), G Williams (Bridgend), T Shanklin (Saracens).

Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

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