Wales denied Grand Slam at the death; France win Six Nations thriller


ales were denied their second Grand Slam in three years as France won a thrilling Six Nations encounter 32-30 at the death in Paris.

Brice Dulin dived over as France completed a remarkable turnaround to give Les Bleus the win and a bonus point, leaves Welsh players dejected after a fantastic context.

That result leaves France needing to beat Scotland on Friday with a bonus point and make up a 20-point deficit to top the standings.

Wales had the game firmly in hand but picked up two yellow cards in the finale and were left them exposed to France’s late fury.

They lead the table with 20 points with France in third place on 15.

France had lock Paul Willemse sent off 11 minutes from time for making contact with the eye area of Wales prop Wyn Jones, while the visitors played the last eight minutes with 13 men following yellow cards for Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams, and ultimately could not hold out.

Les Bleus full-back Brice Dulin scored a try two minutes into injury time, giving them a five-point maximum.

Wales had recorded just three Test match victories last year – against Italy twice and Georgia – but they seemed on course to be crowned kings of European rugby once more.

Fly-half Dan Biggar scored 20 points from a try, three penalties and three conversions, while flanker Josh Navidi and wing Josh Adams also touched down to thwart France.

The hosts, though, refused to throw in the towel, and they prevailed through tries by Dulin, lock Romain Taofifenua, scrum-half Antoine Dupont and captain Charles Ollivon, with goalkickers Mathieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack booting 12 points between them.

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