Frustrated France take positives from Six Nations


Sometimes you will take an ugly victory over the performance.

England head coach Steve Bates said: "We had a very good performance in France in many areas but we know we can improve and we'll be looking to do that on Friday against Ireland".

For us, it (Saturday) is pretty important in terms of an opportunity to finish second.

Leading 14-10 at halftime thanks to Liam Williams' opportunistic try and three Leigh Halfpenny penalties, Wales produced a strong defensive effort in the second half to restrict the French to just three more points despite their dominance of possession.

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The away side took full advantage of their numerical superiority as hooker Agathe Sochat and centre Carla Neissen added further scores, with Tremouliere kicking three conversions to round off the scoring and secure a notable achievement from the tournament.

The visitors started well and Trinh-Duc put them ahead with a fine drop goal.

A certain lack of discipline, however, cost France dearly and that is a department in which they will need to improve if they are to shine in Japan in 2019.

The restart wasn't gathered by the French forwards, the ball came back quickly on the Welsh side and a clever dink in behind the defence saw Trinh-Duc hopelessly beaten by the bounce of the ball and Williams on hand to pounce.

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Les Bleus, however, suffered a setback when flanker Yacouba Camara, one of their best players in the championship, was replaced by Mathieu Babillot after hurting his left knee.

Francois Trinh-Duc missed a simple penalty attempt in the 69th minute for what proved to be France's last chance to squeeze in front at the Principality Stadium.

Wales were penalised for coming in at the side of the resulting ruck, but Trinh-Duc - with Machenaud having been substituted - missed a sitter of a penalty to sum up his less than average afternoon on the paddock.

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