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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006, 14:49 GMT
Clockwatch: Wales 16-21 France
All the action from Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in the second of Saturday's Six Nations matches. (1530 GMT kick-off)

80 mins: Wales launch one last desperate attack but a knock-on gives France the chance to end the match by kicking the ball into touch and seal the victory that all but clinches the Six Nations title.

78 mins: PENALTY Wales 16-21 France
A Jean-Baptiste Elissalde penalty takes France five points clear.

76 mins: Wales scrum-half makes a magnificent break from a lineout inside his own half, but he does not have the pace to beat Aurelien Rougerie on the outside and France recover to clear. Phillips is then named the RBS man-of-the-match by BBC television commentator Jonathan Davies.

75 mins: Wales bring on Jonathan Thomas for lock Rob Sidoli.

73 mins: TRY Wales 16-18 France
France take a large stride towards the Six Nations title as centre Florian Fritz scores under the posts. Fly-half Frederic Michalak is the architect with a exquisite chip over the Wales defence which Fritz collects and only has a few metres to score a potentially match-winning try. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde converts.

70 mins: France fly-half Frederic Michalak just manages to ground the ball over his own tryline to deny Shane Williams a try for Wales.

69 mins: Wales' Dafydd Jones makes his first Six Nations appearance this season as he replaces Scarlets team-mate Alix Popham.

66 mins: Wales flanker Martyn Williams gives away a penalty for an off-the-ball offence in a promising attacking position. But France fail to find touch so Wales maintain their territorial advantage.

57 mins: Matthew Watkins makes a superb covering tackle as France winger Aurelien Rougerie heads for the left corner.

55 mins: PENALTY Wales 16-11 France
Gavin Henson takes over the kicking duties from Stephen Jones for a 48-metre kick at goal, and makes no mistake.

52 mins: Wales bring on Gethin Jenkins for Duncan Jones at prop.

50 mins: Olivier Magne comes on for Thomas Lievremont at flanker for the visitors.

49 mins: TRY Wales 13-11 France
France demolish the Wales pack with a catch and drive lineout and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski grounds the ball for a try. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde hits the post from the conversion on the left touchline.

47 mins: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde misses a penalty kick at goal as France let Wales off the hook.

45 mins: Damien Traille hooks a 51-metre penalty attempt for France.

43 mins: Wales bring on Mefin Davies for Rhys Thomas at hooker.

41 mins: Wales start the second half with Gavin Henson at full-back instead of Lee Byrne. Winger Cedric Heymans is on for France instead of Thomas Castaignede, as Christophe Dominici switches to full-back. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde replaces Dmitri Yachvili at scrum-half.


Half-time: Wales 13-6 France


39 mins: PENALTY Wales 13-6 France
France's pressure pays off after they are awarded another penalty in the Wales half and Dmitri Yachvili cuts Wales' lead.

36 mins: France full-back Thomas Castaignede is stopped a metre short of the Wales tryline by a superb tackle from prop Duncan Jones. The visitors keep the ball alive and are awarded a penalty, but a superb tackle by Wales flanker Martyn Williams ends the attack after France run a quick penalty.

32 mins TRY Wales 13-3 France
Hal Luscombe finishes off a move he started to score for Wales. Shane Williams is dragged back in the shadow of the posts after beating the full-back but Luscombe is on hand to gather the winger's off-load. Stephen Jones adds the simple conversion.

25 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-3 France
Wales centre Hal Luscombe makes a superb midfield break, but the move breaks down when France hooker Raphael Ibanez tackles Wales lock Rob Sidoli off the ball. But the referee awards Wales a penalty and sends Ibanez to the sin bin. Stephen Jones lands the penalty to put Wales deservedly ahead again.

21 mins: France go through a series of phases inside the Wales 22 which ends with winger Shane Williams catching a high ball behind his own tryline. The visitors keep up the pressure from the resulting lineout, but are then penalised and Wales clear up field.

14 mins: A slick move among the backs takes Wales to within five metres of the French tryline, but Lee Byrne is forced into touch and Wales are penalised after France secure lineout ball.

11 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-3 France
Wales lock Ian Gough gives away a penalty by not releasing the ball after being tackled, and France scrum-half Dmitri Yachvili levels the scores with a sweetly-struck kick at goal.

Eight mins: France prop Pieter De Villiers is penalised for a high tackle on Wales full-back Lee Byrne, and Stephen Jones kicks into touch to keep Wales on the front foot.

Four mins: PENALTY Wales 3-0 France
France are penalised for a tackle off the ball as Wales surge towards the French tryline. Stephen Jones puts Wales ahead from the simple resulting penalty.

Two mins: Scrum-half Michael Phillips makes an early break for the home side inside the French half, but flanker Martyn Williams fails to gather his pass to let France off the hook.

1530 GMT: Wales fly-half Stephen Jones kicks off and opposite number Frederic Michalak gathers and kicks the ball back into Welsh territory.

1520 GMT: What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Cardiff was bathed in warm spring sunshine as over 100,000 fans flocked to the Welsh capital to watch Wales attempting to win their first Grand Slam in 27 years.

But now, a biting cold wind blows around the Millennium Stadium as Wales aim for only their second win of this season's campaign.


France will almost certainly win this year's Six Nations title if they beat Wales in Cardiff.

With a vastly superior points difference to Ireland, a French victory would leave Ireland needing at least a 30-point victory at Twickenham in the final match on Saturday.

The visitors have restored Julien Bonnaire to their back row in place of Olivier Magne, who drops to the bench.

Wales have brought in number eight Alix Popham, with captain Michael Owen switching to the blind-side flank.

Scrum-half Michael Phillips and wing Dafydd James also start in the wake of injuries to Dwayne Peel and Mark Jones.


Wales: Byrne; James, Luscombe, Watkins, S Williams; S Jones, Phillips; Duncan Jones, R Thomas, A Jones; Gough, Sidoli; Owen (capt), M Williams, Popham.
Replacements: Davies, Jenkins, J Thomas, Dafydd Jones, A Williams, Robinson, Henson.

France: Castaignede; Rougerie, Fritz, Traille, Dominici; Michalak, Yachvili; Marconnet, Ibanez, De Villiers; Pelous, Thion; Nyanga, Bonnaire, Lievremont.
Replacements: Szarzewski, Milloud, Nallet, Magne, Elissalde, Valbon, Heymans.

Referee: Chris White


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