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Second-half dominance sees France past Wales in Cardiff

Gael Fickou, Nolann Le Garrec, Georges-Henri Colombe, Romain Taofifenua, Maxime Lucu scored tries as France eventually pulled away from Wales in final quarter to clinch bonus-point Six Nations win at Principality Stadium in Cardiff; Rio Dyer, Tomos Williams, Joe Roberts scored Wales tries

Last Updated: 10/03/24 4:53pm

Gael Fickou scored one of five tries as France kicked on to beat Wales well in Cardiff

Gael Fickou scored one of five tries as France kicked on to beat Wales well in Cardiff

A second half performance of dominance saw France to a morale-boosting 45-24 Six Nations Round Four victory over Wales in Cardiff, who remain winless in this year’s championship. 

An all-action first half saw the sides trade two tries each, with the lead changing hands five times after scores from wing Rio Dyer and scrum-half Tomos Williams for Wales, and centre Gael Fickou and scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec for France.

Respective fly-halves Sam Costelow (one penalty, two conversions) and Thomas Ramos (two penalties, two conversions) also struck off the tee, to leave France ahead by three at the break.

Wales scored again through centre Joe Roberts to regain the lead, but it was all France from then on, as replacement tighthead Georges-Henri Colombe (on his Test debut), lock Romain Taofifenua and scrum-half Maxime Lucu scored further tries to secure a bonus-point success.

Wales 24-45 France – Score summary

Wales – Tries: Dyer (9), T Williams (25), Roberts (43). Cons: Costelow (10, 26, 45). Pens: Costelow (2)

France – Tries: Fickou (22), Le Garrec (29), Colombe (65), Taofifenua (69), Lucu (80+1). Cons: Ramos (23, 30, 66, 70). Pens: Ramos (7, 15, 61, 74).

What’s next?

Wales face Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in the final round of the championship on Saturday, March 16 (2.15pm kick-off GMT).

Wales’ Six Nations 2024 fixtures

Saturday, February 3 Wales 26-27 Scotland 4.45pm
Saturday, February 10 England 16-14 Wales 4.45pm
Saturday, February 24 Ireland 31-7 Wales 2.15pm
Sunday, March 10 Wales 24-45 France 3pm
Saturday, March 16 Wales vs Italy 2.15pm

France host England in Lyon on Saturday, March 16 (8pm kick-off GMT) for their final Test of a disappointing 2024 championship.

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