The first part presaged a completely different result. France had resolved without complications before a Wales that did not know how to create danger, beyond a test annulled Liam Williams, who slipped the ball on a night when the rain caused several oversights. The oval had been 70% of the time in Welsh territory. The French attack mercilessly percussed the renewed defense of those of Warren Gatland. Thanks to their forcefulness came the first two trials of Picamoles (5 ') and Huget (22'). The boot of Camille Lopez, with a stroke of punishment and a drop, it seemed to leave a placid second half for the Gauls: 16-0 at halftime.
Perhaps too placid, Wales came out of the break with the intention of standing up. The first arreón of the dragoons left a test of Williams with transformation of Gareth Anscombe (guilty in good part of the bad Welsh performance in the first section). France had fallen asleep. His offensive forcefulness became passivity. And in the middle of the siesta the errors arrived, taken advantage of by an astute George North. First Yoann Huget lost a ball to the wing a few meters from the rehearsal line. Transformed again Anscombe (16-14) to take, now yes, the nerves to all Saint Dennis. A penalty shot executed by Biggar put the visitors for the first time in front (16-17, 62 ').
France's strength was weakening. Lopez, who first did not succeed with the drop, managed to transform a blow of punishment in full Welsh gale to recover ground (19-17, 69 '). But the French wall gave back in the worst way. A suicide pass by Sebastien Vahaamahina, intercepted again by North, made the disaster (19-24 after a new transformation of Dan Biggar). The XV of the Rooster I would still have ten minutes to try a desperate test. There grew the defense of those of Warren Gatland, a young block that now faces with great confidence his next match against Italy.
The perspective can not be more opposite for France. Those of Jacques Brunel will have to digest a new defeat against Wales, which seems to have taken the measure (seven wins in the last eight meetings), and have less than 10 days to do it. Twickenham awaits, with an England that, pending the star duel this Saturday (against Ireland in Dublin, 17.45 Spanish peninsular time), arrives with the favorite poster.