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Monday, March 21, 2011

France crush Wales' outside hope of Championship win

Lionel Nallet scored a brace of times as France brushed aside Wales 28-9 and leap-frogged the visitors into second place in the final 2011 Six Nations standings.

The agile French lock scored either side of half-time, with his tries killing off any ambitions the Welsh had of pulling of a shock win.

Whilst Ireland's 24-8 win over England meant that if Wales could beat France by 27 points they would be crowned Six Nations champions, they were blown away by a clinical France side who looked to reclaim some face after the shock defeat to Italy last week.

Welsh fly-half James Hook took a well-struck penalty early on and wing Leigh Halfpenney was fractions from a score until a brilliantly timed ankle tap from fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc prevented the score.

Instead it was France who got the game’s first try, with Nallett throwing a dummy and charging to the line; and when Hook's attempted clearance kick was charged down by Julien Pierre early in the second-half, Nallet was allowed to touch down for the second time.

Hook was in the sin bin for an alleged dangerous tackle when Vincent Clerc made the extra man count, collecting Trinh-Duc’s chip to score France's third try.

A content Marc Lièvremont said that he was encouraged by the manner with which his team bounced back from defeat to Italy last week.

"What is important here was the reaction of the players," he said.

"I feel happy. I also feel a bit of relief. I'm really impatient to leave this room to go and enjoy a beer. It's not about what was said outside the group but what was said within the group and this what went right on the field today," the coach added.

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  • FIRST HAHAHAHAHAHA, Wales totaly screwed up their last chance of winning the 6 nations

    By Anonymous Tresspass, at March 21, 2011 7:33 pm  

  • I didn't see the match. Could someone tell me if it was a case of France being really good or Wales being really poor?

    Also, for Hook's tackle, I do have a bit of sympathy, because it wasn't too dangerous or malicious or anything, but at the end of the day he did just pick the guy up and throw him which was quite foolish, so I don't have any complaints with the yellow.

    By Anonymous Irish Observer, at March 21, 2011 7:38 pm  

  • that ankle tap by trinh-duc was absolutely amazing. should be a highlight on its own...just wow.

    By Anonymous chalkolatte, at March 21, 2011 7:48 pm  

  • The tackle was deserving of a yellow, wish the commentators didn't whine so much...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2011 7:55 pm  

  • Wow, how can one be so biased. I mean even watching the replay, the commentator keeps on whining!!! It is clearly a late tackle and Hook does definitely not put accompany the player to the ground. Even if it doesn't look that dangerous, well the rules say it's a yellow so a yellow it is;

    By Blogger Tom, at March 21, 2011 8:01 pm  

  • I've seen nastier tackles go unpunished before, but the combination of lateness and a little lack of control when dropping the player suggests Hook's yellow was deserved.

    Quality tap tackle as well, tracked back behind 2 other players then executed the tackle with perfect timing. Never like the look of a player landing straight on their knees though, Halfpenny could've busted a joint in that tackle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2011 8:22 pm  

  • a welshman complaining about a welsh yellow card? what next!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2011 8:58 pm  

  • Best time to play France; After they just thrashed someone and have played great

    Worst time to play France; After they've just had a humiliating defeat

    By Anonymous BigBucks, at March 21, 2011 9:06 pm  

  • He did put him down tidy, no yellow

    By Anonymous DEO, at March 21, 2011 9:40 pm  

  • Jonathan Davies is such an insufferable biased moron. Every welsh game he's been commentating for he's singing welsh praises and questioning anything against them, even when deserved, even when they're being rubbish. Makes Brian Moore bearable by comparison.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2011 9:40 pm  

  • It pains me to say it but I agree wholeheartedly with Davies. That was incredibly soft. If I picked up my kid and dropped him/her like that while messing about in the backyard, there would be no damage.

    That's taking the letter of the law a bit far.

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at March 21, 2011 9:58 pm  

  • Good to see the highlights just a shame you didn't show George North's run towards the end! Any chance you can post it? Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 21, 2011 10:33 pm  

  • Hook = tip tackle = yellow.

    French forwards played like wild dogs for 80mins.
    Obliterated Wales at the breakdown.

    By Anonymous Old7, at March 21, 2011 10:42 pm  

  • Nice reaction from les bleus, but there is some hardwork to achieve in order to be decisive for the rwc.

    Nallet had a revenge to take after italy collective disaster. Not surprised to see him galoping through the pitch, he is a true gladiator but also have some Good legs.
    Let's wish that lievremont Will install a group of leaders and call the right impact players in june. Picamoles, fritz, bastareaud, or dupuy will be in balance

    As for hook tackle, Harsh decision because of the soft impact but yellow deserved. J.davies and Moore are very patriotic, it's normal, but sometimes they become a bit blind biased

    By Anonymous Colombes, at March 22, 2011 12:04 am  

  • Thought the BBC kinda cocked up on the man of the match interview...

    Yeh the guy was french and apparently didnt speak english..however there was a f*cking translator next to him, you could have asked a few more questions and made it a bit more special for the player who was clearly the best on the pitch that day!!!!

    Anyway, big rant over, onto little one..


    Im all for carding spears or borderline spears, or tip tackles or something of the sort...but that was pathetic!

    And im not even a Welsh fan..

    By Blogger No.7, at March 22, 2011 12:09 am  

  • BBC comentary _ priceless

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2011 12:17 am  

  • Wales were poor, we're in no place to argue with the yellow card after last weeks decision gifting us the try. Fed up of hearing Gatland blaming players "mental state of mind" or "not being clinical enough" as it's his job to ensure we are all those things, i know the players have some responsibility and we shouldn't call for Gatlands head, he just needs to reasses the way hes doing things at the moment. I do think we had the backlash of the Italy game, but either way wouldnt have won if we played like that.

    By Anonymous CraigSwansea, at March 22, 2011 12:21 am  

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    By Blogger Yannoche, at March 22, 2011 12:53 am  

  • Superb photo with Nallet charging backed by Dussautoir and Mas !

    Vive la France.

    By Blogger Yannoche, at March 22, 2011 12:54 am  

  • Shit game, shit six nations all round. Its amazing we even came 3rd after some of our performances.. only positive is we've finally found a quality openside in warburton.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at March 22, 2011 1:07 am  

  • @welshosprey

    you came 4th bud. agree that warburton is quality

    By Anonymous Russell, at March 22, 2011 1:37 am  

  • 'Shit game, shit six nations all round. Its amazing we even came 3rd after some of our performances.. only positive is we've finally found a quality openside in warburton.'

    LOL, Hate to break it to you, but Wales came 4th....

    Actually I thought (apart from Wales) this 6N was one of the best I've seen in a long time...

    By Blogger No.7, at March 22, 2011 1:47 am  

  • Good reaction from Les Bleus. The pack has been immense in the ruck area in particular but the backs were very poor in return and there's a lot of work to do before the WC.
    France need better centres than Traille and Marty for sure as they're way too slow and can't create any danger. I'd love to see Bastareaud, Fritz (?) in the squad...not sure Jauzion & Rougerie will be ever picked by Lievremont again.

    France will play twice against Ireland in September...it's going to be a real test! I can't wait to see this one.

    By Blogger Frenchy, at March 22, 2011 3:09 am  

  • Soft yellow on Hook, but France deserved the victory anyway.
    Neither team is particularly impressive at the moment though.

    By Anonymous Jono, at March 22, 2011 3:31 am  

  • Amazing ankle tap, definitely the best iv ever seen.

    By Anonymous Nicko, at March 22, 2011 3:31 am  

  • @CraigSwansea

    I couldn't agree more. I don't know what mind games Gatland is trying, but he needs to shoulder the responsibility of the team's mental approach.

    I sick to the teeth of the talk of 'wanting to be in the top three', or 'we're a team full of talent'. It's high time to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

    As has been said elsewhere, we're too predictable and one-dimensional. Is Gatland too proud to change his approach, when it clearly isn't working? If I were on the WRU I'd be seriously looking for a replacement.

    Personally I'd drop Mike Phillips straight away. He's far too sluggish behind the ruck. We cycle the ball far too slowly and then we start running sideways. No wonder teams find us toothless in attack! Bring back Dwayne Peel!

    By Blogger Stephen, at March 22, 2011 8:37 am  

  • hahaha who cares about the card? did u guys just c that lock score? twice?! awesome :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2011 9:22 am  

  • For Hook's tackle. Maybe not that dangerous, but still it's the rule. Furthermore, there were two dangerous tackles before this one, that's why the third was a yellow, as already warned by the ref...

    Otherwise, fully agree with BigBuck's comment... France is always better after a big defeat, but always inconsistent, can't align two great matches...

    Hope it will be better at the RWC, now...

    By Anonymous Seb, at March 22, 2011 9:35 am  

  • Anonymous said...
    Jonathan Davies is such an insufferable biased moron. Every welsh game he's been commentating for he's singing welsh praises and questioning anything against them, even when deserved, even when they're being rubbish. Makes Brian Moore bearable by comparison.

    Utter bollocks.

    Jonathan Davies is one of the most even-handed and impartial commentators in the game. Yes he's passionate about Welsh rugby, nothing wrong with that (you can't choose where you're born and someone has to support them!), but he's a good, fair commentator. Very quick to point out Wales's failings and shortcomings. If you want a one-eyed Welsh fan commentating, look at Eddie Butler.

    Brian Moore biased? Do me a favour. Have you heard how much he lays into England when they're not playing well?

    By Anonymous Von, at March 22, 2011 11:18 am  

  • incredible anckle-tap by Francois Trinh-Duc
    nice chip by FTD (again) for Clerc's try
    about Hook's yellow card : well, he does lift the guy to horizontal and then just drops him, even if it wasn't malicious

    jonathan davies kill yourself

    By Anonymous Luxi, at March 22, 2011 12:30 pm  

  • i'm french and i will support my team, but this victory is powder in eyes, just a mirage. We finish second with a lot of lucky...

    We have good players (i think) but no games. Look at our tries, just turn over, we never cross directly the defense (just one time against Ireland)

    For me, we will be ridiculous in the RWC. I hope a revival after this competition, with brilliant young players,a pragmatic new coach and a french identity in the offensive game.

    Hook: sin bin


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2011 12:38 pm  

  • I can tell you that, here in France, this victory is quite a relief.

    This week has been crazy, as everybody was looking for who was guilty for the defeat in Italy.

    I can imagine the mood was almost comparable to that in NZ, the week after they lost to France during RWC 2007.

    The guys did react well, and most french rugby fan are now ready to support there team for RWC 2011.

    Good for Nallet, who most of the time, is hard working in the ruck and doesn't get too much media exposure.

    By Anonymous Ulf, at March 22, 2011 1:54 pm  

  • Poetic justice. Cheating sheep shaggers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 22, 2011 3:58 pm  

  • ^^^^^
    Can you give us clue as to which Country you are referring to?

    By Anonymous Old7, at March 22, 2011 5:00 pm  

  • There are several points to answer in this thread. Firstly may I point out I'm an a disappointed Englishman. Completely outplayed by the Irish. Well done. With regards to this thread though: Have any of you listen to JD commentary throughout the 6N? He is by far the best and most unbiased commentator on the BBC. Knows the game better than most and always highly critical of the Welsh side. 'The Tackle' - Not that bad, penalty. I'm always on the other threads complaining about the macho idiots but think he may have been a little harshly done by here. Well played France!

    By Anonymous Jimbo1, at March 22, 2011 9:03 pm  

  • @No.7 I'm French but live abroad and watched the game in English. Believe me it's better if they haven't asked Nallet too many questions coz that interpret was quite lame...

    By Blogger Tom, at March 22, 2011 11:04 pm  

  • I actually like Jon Davies, I think he knows his stuff int erms of rugby. When he's commentating on a game Wales isn't involved in, he's one of the best commentators in the game.
    When Wales are playing he can be very one-eyed though. He gets emotional about Wales and often defends them unfairly and to passionatly.

    Brian Moore is hopeless.

    By Anonymous Jono, at March 22, 2011 11:09 pm  

  • I'm actually shocked by the comments regarding JD and Brian Moore....

    Personally I think whilst they are both passionate about their country they are the first to criticise and despise poor play. Moore has a tendency to talk scrum scrum scrum,... And JD has a tendency to over analyse every situation! I'm no Wales fan but hooks card was a weak decision... I often am the first to moan at people who say spears and similar are fine but this was not a card.. Not for any player from any country!! So I think it's fair enough that he moaned... An as for his general commentary... He was pretty complimentary about the French...
    I personally find them better than any of the SA commentators... Those guys voices are so monotone and make me want to crash out!!!

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at March 23, 2011 5:07 pm  

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