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Wales lose to France in the 4th round of the Guinness Six Nations 2024

France Dominates Wales with Eight-Try Thriller in Six Nations Clash

France dominated winless Wales in a thrilling Six Nations clash in Cardiff, securing victory with eight impressive tries. Gael Fickou, Nolann Le Garrec, Georges-Henri Colombe, Romain Taofifenua, and Maxime Lucu all contributed to France’s try tally, with Thomas Ramos adding 20 points through his kicking prowess.

Despite efforts from Rio Dyer, Tomos Williams, and Joe Roberts, Wales struggled to match France’s intensity, particularly in the second half. France’s relentless attack saw them score 25 unanswered points in the final quarter, securing their highest points tally in Wales.

Fabien Galthie’s French side bounced back from a draw with Italy, moving up to fourth in the table, while Warren Gatland’s Wales faced the possibility of their first Wooden Spoon since 2003, marking their 11th defeat in 12 Six Nations games.

France’s dominant performance put an end to speculation about their form, with head coach Galthie making eight changes, including giving opportunities to debutants Leo Barre, Nicolas Depoortere, and Emmanuel Meafou.

Wales, on the other hand, made several changes of their own but failed to match France’s prowess. The game saw moments of brilliance from both sides, with France’s Le Garrec standing out in the absence of Antoine Dupont.

Despite a spirited effort from Wales, France’s physicality and skill proved too much to handle, with the visitors sealing victory with a final try from Lucu, much to the delight of their supporters.



Winnett; Adams, Roberts, Watkin, Dyer; Costelow, Tomos Williams; G Thomas, Dee, Assiratti, Rowlands, Beard, D Jenkins (capt), Reffell, Wainwright.

Replacements: E Lloyd, Domachowski, Lewis, Martin, Mann, G Davies, I Lloyd, Grady.


Barre; Penaud, Fickou, Depoortere, Bielle-Biarrey; Ramos, Le Garrec; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Flament, Meafou, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (capt).

Replacements:Mauvaka, S Taofifenua, Colombe, Taofifenua, Roumat, Boudehent, Lucu, Moefana


Wales (17) 24

Try: Dyer (9′), Williams (25′), Roberts (43′)

Conversion: Costelow (10′, 26′, 45′)

Penalty: Costelow (2′)

France (20) 45

Try: Fickou (22′), Le Garrec (29′), Colombe (65′), R Taofifenua (69′), Lucu (80’+1)

Conversion: Ramos (23′, 30′, 66′, 70′)

Penalty: Ramos (7′, 15′, 61′, 74′)


Man of the match: Nolann Le Garrec (France)

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

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