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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 February, 2005, 15:39 GMT
France v Wales as it happened
All the action as Wales defeat France 24-18 at the Stade de France.

80 mins +3: Jones kicks the ball over the dead-ball line in dramatic fashion and it's game over. The Welsh players go wild in their celebrations as they cap off one of the more scintillating Six Nations encounters.

80 mins +2: France come within a whisker of winning the match but another knock-on comes into play. There is one scrum left of this game now.

80 mins: Again a knock-on lets off Wales, Yachvili this time guilty. But there is still time left according to the referee.

79 mins: The French are winning penalty after penalty virtually within touching distance of the Welsh try line. The home side opt for scrums instead and their attacking chance collapses as Harinordoquy knocks on at the base of his pack.

76 mins: France pile in with runner after runner but Wales' defenders refuse to buckle. The nerves are jangling throughout Paris now - an electric finish, to an electric game.

73 mins: Stephen Jones edges Wales a tad further in front with a well-timed drop goal.
France 18-24 Wales

72 mins: A sniping run from Gareth Cooper from deep in his own defence leaves France in disarray. As the Welsh backs run upfield, Rougerie has no choice but to pop the ball into touch.

70 mins: Michalak chips and chases from the inside of his boot with aplomb. He nearly scoops it up on the bounce but Morgan steps in to hoof it clear.

67 mins: Betsen dives in illegally to rob Henson of possession on the ground. A loud whistle blast follows for a Wales penalty. Stephen Jones pierces the middle of the uprights. Into the fray comes John Yapp and Gareth Cooper for Adam Jones and Dwayne Peel.
France 18-21 Wales

64 mins: Michalak levels the game as he snaps a drop goal over - a deserved score. Meanwhile, Mefin Davies comes off, with Robin McBryde taking his place.
France 18-18 Wales

63 mins: Wales fluff their second crucial lineout in as many minutes as the tension mounts. It gives France a scrum on the Welsh 22.

59 mins: Michalak tries a suicidal break from in front of his try line. It lands Rougerie in hot water and the French runner is duly ploughed into touch. Morgan is back on the field, while Imanol Harinordoquy is brought into proceedings at the expense of Julien Bonnaire.

55 mins: Henson lines up a kick from the half-way line. He gets the distance right, but it's marginally wide.

53 mins: A bleeding Morgan comes off the field. Ceri Sweeney comes on in his place and Henson moves to full-back.

50 mins: Delaigue pops up a lovely reverse pass to Laharrague. It fails to find the target and Wales sprint some 65 yards clear once again. A Sidoli knock-on gives the French some brief respite. For his crime, he is substituted by Frederic Michalak.

46 mins: Martyn Williams scores his second try in a remarkable turnaround. After Wales piledon the pressure, camping themselves on the try line, he burst over Fabien Pelous to touch down. Stephen Jones is just off with his kick as Traille comes off the field.
France 15-18 Wales

44 mins: Henson tries a little bit of magic with his boot. But the ball is clawed down. The opening to this half is all about the Welsh. Quite mesmeric.

42 mins: Wales get off to the best possible start courtesy of Martyn Williams. Stephen Jones initially picks the gap and as the ball is spread wide, Williams is perfectly in support to slide in the score. Jones adds the conversion.
France 15-13 Wales

41 mins: Rhys Williams starts the half instead of Gareth Thomas, who has a suspected broken thumb. As a result, Kevin Morgan moves to full-back. William Servat replaces Bruno at hooker for France.


40 mins: Hands in the ruck give Wales a timely penalty. Stephen Jones unsurprisingly opts to go for goal. The half-time whistle then follows.
France 15-6 Wales

37 mins: Delaigue produces a stunning slap pass as yet another charge heads Wales' way. Mike Ruddock will be looking forward to getting his team into the changing room for half-time.

34 mins: Shane Williams literally bounces off Rougerie as he attempts to bring down the French runner. It opens cracks again but a Betsen foot in touch eventually curtails the break.

32 mins: Traille is receiving treatment after seemingly taking a blow to the head. He's a tad shaken, but still fit to play.

28 mins: An out-of-sorts Henson hands possession to France once more, causing Wales' defenders to feel the strain again.

26 mins: Traille glides through gaps in Wales' backs. From the resulting ruck, Ryan Jones handles the ball and concedes a penalty. Yachvili slots it over with ease.
France 15-3 Wales

23 mins: Sylvain Marconnet is offside to give Stephen Jones a 40-metre kicking opportunity. He ensures Wales's first points of the afternoon.
France 12-3 Wales

21 mins: The boos ring out after a bit of a slap by Martyn Williams on Yachvili. The French number nine's tumble to the ground is worthy of an Oscar.

18 mins: Damien Traille has a pop at a drop goal. It's so obvious in its build-up it is easily closed down by Stephen Jones.

15 mins: The French flair that has been so far missing to date is back in force. This time Julien Laharrague is the man on the move, closely followed by Rougerie. Gareth Thomas eventually stops them.

12 mins: A Henson slip (or possibly a Betsen trip) paves the way for France to wreak havoc once more. Yannick Jauzion runs through as a result. As the passes fly out, Rougerie charges through three tacklers to score. Yachvili fails with the spot kick.
France 12-0 Wales

10 mins: Sebastien Bruno hands possession to Wales with a wayward lineout throw to his own players. Yachvili turns things around with a superb tactical kick right on Wales' try line.

7 mins: There's some delightful rugby from both sides already. First Shane Williams unleashes one of his textbook jinking runs, before Aurelien Rougerie and then Yann Delaigue break clear.

4 mins: Wales' defence is picked apart. Dmitri Yachvili sends Robert Sidoli the wrong way with a cracking little dummy before sauntering over the line. He follows it up with a tasty conversion.
France 7-0 Wales

1 min: Gavin Henson immediately pierces the Gallic defences with a running kick along the ground. It puts France under pressure immediately.

1602: Serge Betsen gets an arm around the head within seconds of holding onto Stephen Jones' kick-off.

1558: The Welsh belt out their national anthem with their arms interlinked. A fully-focused Brent Cockbain opts against the sing-a-long. France get their vocal chords round their own anthem.

1556 GMT: Both teams come onto the field. The tension is tangible for a crucial match.

France: J Laharrague; A Rougerie, Y Jauzion, D Traille, C Dominici; Y Delaigue, D Yachvili; S Marconnet, S Bruno, N Mas; F Pelous (capt), J Thion; S Betsen, Y Nyanga, J Bonnaire.
Replacements: W Servat, O Milloud, G Lamboley, I Harinordoquy, P Mignoni, F Michalak, J-P Grandclaude.

Wales: G Thomas (capt); K Morgan, T Shanklin, G Henson, S Williams; S Jones, D Peel; G Jenkins, M Davies, A Jones; B Cockbain, R Sidoli; R Jones, M Williams, M Owen.
Replacements: R McBryde, J Yapp, J Thomas, R Sowden-Taylor, G Cooper, C Sweeney, R Williams.

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