With the clock past 80 minutes Wales were camped on their 5 metre line defending a French scrum 20 minutes a sin-binning and a HIA later France scored a try, which was duly converted granting them a victory 20-18.
It was arguably the most interesting moment in the match, unusual for scrums but from a neutral’s perspective it was a match to send you to sleep.
Wales didn’t ever threaten the French line and built their score from the French ill-discipline and Halfpenny’s ever reliable boot.
The French took their opportunities with Remi Lamerat scoring early in the match and Lopez adding a conversion and two penalties to set up a tight finish.
With 77 minutes on the clock Wales turned over the French attack and in a moment he will surely regret, Sam Warburton kicked downfield and over the dead-ball line setting up the attack that lead to 20 minutes of scrums and the French snatching a victory from under the nose of the Welsh.
The scrums that lead to the French victory were controversial as the French Doctor came on to take tight-head prop Uini Atonio off for a HIA despite the prop telling referee Barnes he was not injured, leading to the suspicion the French faked the need for a HIA to bring on Slimani to lead the scrum battle that ensued. Then after multiple penalties to France Wayne Barnes sent Wales Prop Samson Lee to the Sin-bin. With both Atonio and Lee back on the field, Barnes then had to deal with an allegation of Biting on George North, with a mark evident he had no choice but to go to the TMO but with no conclusive views, no action was taken and with one last French attack from the scrum Chouly crossed the whitewash and Lopez converted giving France the win.
Final Score: France 20-18 Wales.
France- Tries: Lamerat, Chouly Cons: Lopez 2 Pens: Lopez 2
Wales- Pens: Halfpenny 6