relive all the evidence of the victory of the blues against the Welsh

France’s XV played against the Welsh (41-28) on Saturday for the final match of the 2023 Six Nations Tournament.

Their fate is no longer in their hands. Pending the result of Ireland-England (an Irish defeat, indeed improved, could crown the Blues), the XV of France did the job against Wales, on Saturday 18 March, at the Stade de France, winning broadly (41-28 ) .

Led from the start of the match, Fabien Galthié’s men didn’t have time to shake, thanks to Damian Penaud’s quick response. Beginning of the walk of health for the Habs, who scored five tries, against four conceded, which give them the offensive bonus point. Note in particular the first try in Blues of the pillar Uini Atonio.

8th minute: North cools the atmosphere

Boiling at kick-off, Stade de France still believe in the possibility of winning the 2023 tournament. But the fervor is soon cooled by the thunderous start to the match from the Welsh, who pitch their tent in the 22-metre tricolor. After eight minutes of siege, and several balls carried, it was after a touch that George North’s three-quarter wing pierced the French line and flattened between the posts.

10th minute: Penaud plays the riot

Cold harvest, the French quickly put the blue cheese. Upon expulsion, the ball returns to the tricolor hands. In the middle of the field, Romain Ntamack embarks on a fantastic full-axis ride, sharpens some Welsh along the way then slides a chistera towards Antoine Dupont. The latter’s jump pass to Damian Penaud, alone on the wing, cuts Leek’s XV. The wing of the Clermont flattens out without batting an eye.

On a Romain Ntamack turn, Antoine Dupont found Damian Penaud who just needs to calmly dunk the ball.  This is the 25th international try for the French full-back as the Blues are picking up the score.

34′: Danty gives air to the Blues

After two penalties converted by Thomas Ramos, the Azzurri breathe better. Faced with the overwhelmed Welshman, they accelerate towards the end of the first period. With Dupont in charge, they set up the Welsh defense on the left of the lawn, a whisker from the in-goal. In four passes, the ball flies to the opposite wing, swallows the width at full speed. Damian Penaud inherits and serves Jonathan Danty, who takes the armband and widens the gap for France.

Superb sequence of the XV of France, with Jonathan Danty at the finish line!  The latter scored France's second try of the match.  After a complicated start to the match, the Blues play against Wales.

44′: first goal in the national team for Uini Atonio

After returning from the dressing rooms, the XV of France has resumed its irresistible march forward. After a scrum, Antoine Dupont carries the ball, supported by his teammates before serving Thomas Ramos. The full-back then finds Uini Atonio, who goes on to record his first try in the blue (for his 50th selection) and brings the score to 25-7.

After an effective melee exit, Uini Atonio is found.  The prop uses his power to flatten the ball in the Welsh corner.  The Blues are just one attempt away from getting the offensive bonus.

49th minute: Fickou invites himself to the party

On a cloud, the XV of France nailed the pace, with proof of the offensive bonus scored by the indestructible Gaël Fickou. After a scramble in the center of the posts, the ball leapt quickly into the hands of Romain Ntamack who found the captain of the defense launched like a rocket into the centre. The following ? Fickou in the text, up to the goal area, after a circle all in control.

Gaël Fickou took advantage of the Welshman's defensive generosity to come and register the French 4th try, synonymous with an attacking bonus.  Fabien Galthié's Les Bleus lead 34 - 7 against Wales.

56′ minute: Roberts softens the note for the Welshman

In confidence, the Blues take not quite calculated risks, like Thomas Ramos. After picking up the ball in the goal area, the French full-back tries to bring it back out of 22 metres, but is stopped. The Welsh catch up on the swell and quickly find open water where Adams passes in force. The ball escapes him, but Bradley Roberts recovers it and reduces the gap to 34-12.

Bradley Roberts held his own against the French defense to score the second Welsh try of the match.  The Newport Dragons player allows his country to find hope in this second period.  The XV of France leads 34-14 with just over 20 minutes left in the match.

65th minute: Williams revives the Welshman

What if the match isn’t folded? That’s the thought that runs through the bays of the Stade de France as the Welsh score their third try, edging back within 13 points of the Blues. This time it was Tipuric who escaped on the wing before being caught on the wire. But Wales insisted and Tomos Williams slipped into a hole.

The Welsh, more incisive late in the match, saw their own scrum-half Tomos Williams score their third try of the match.  Warren Gatland's men are 13 points behind the French.

78′: brace for Penaud

To increase their chances of winning the final, France must win with the largest gap and find a twenty-point lead at the end of the game. It all starts from Thomas Ramos, author of a new precious round for Damian Penaud. The Clermont full-back scored his second try of the match to make the score 39-21, before a conversion from Thomas Ramos (41-21). But then the Blues scuttled each other…

Another reversal of the French game and it's a brace for Damian Penaud.  Clermontois score their 26th try for France's XV!

79′ Minute: Dyer leaves a bad taste in the Blues’ mouth

The Stade de France turns around, and believes more than ever in the perfect scenario before the outcome of Ireland-England (18:00). But the tricolor plan took the lead on the wing on the expulsion, while the Blues missed two consecutive tackles and paved the way for a fourth Welsh try, signed by Rio Dyer.

The Welshman fought all the way to score a fourth try in this game, through Rio Dyer.  However, this is insufficient, the French team wins 41-28 during this final day.

Transformed, he brings the score to 41-28 and a gap of 13 points in favor of the Blues.

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