Wales edged 14-man France 20-19 in a cliffhanger quarterfinal to reach the last four of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.
France, 19-10 ahead at half-time, had Sebastien Vahaamahina sent off for an elbow on 49 minutes but they clung to the lead until Ross Moriarty powered over for the vital try late in the game.
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Man of the match: Virimi Vakatawa was immense in the midfield. He broke through a number of tackles and score a great try as well. However, the award goes to Wales flank Aaron Wainwright for his all-round display.
Moment of the match: Sebastien Vahaamahina getting a red card in the 49th minute for his elbow shot to Aaron Wainwright’s head. France were dominant before that and they had a nine-point lead.
Villain: Sebastien Vahaamahina for his stupid shot with the elbow to Ross Moriarty’s head.
Tries: Wainwright, Moriarty
Cons: Biggar 2
Pens: Biggar 2
Tries: Vahaamahina, Ollivon, Vakatawa
Cons: Ntamack 2
Red Card: Sebastien Vahaamahina (France, 49 – foul play, elbow shot to the head)
Yellow Card: Ross Moriarty (Wales, 29 – foul play, high tackle)
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Owen Watkin 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Leigh Halfpenny.
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Cyril Baille, 17 Camille Chat, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Vincent Rattez.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
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