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Come from behind Wales beat France in Six Nations opener

Wales came from behind twice to beat France 24-19 in a Six Nations opener held at Stade de France, Saint-Denis on Friday night.

France opened the scores through Louis Picamoles who scored at the fifth minute after he shrugged off challenges from the Wales players to bundle the ball over the line. 15 minutes later, Liam Williams try was ruled out.

At the 24th minute, the Frenchmen were able to double their lead after Yoann Huget managed to break and crossed over for the second try. Morgan Parra, however, failed to add the extras.

After Parra missed three kicks in the half, the kicking duties were deligated to Camille Lopez who earned the side three more points at the 33rd minute from the tee. He would cap off their first-half display with a drop goal that saw them head to the break with a 16-0 lead.

On return from the break, Wales came back breathing fire and dotted the opening try through Tomos Williams Gareth. Anscombe grabbed the extra two points cutting the gap to nine points.

George North then took advantage of  Huget dropped ball and he could score before Anscombe added the two points leaving the side just a two-point gap to close. Dan Biggar’s penalty at the 63rd minute saw Wales lead for the first time in the match.
 Lopez would put France back to the game but North once again capitalized on an error from Les Bleus and made a 50-yard sprint to score. Anscombe booted two more points for a 24-19 scoreline.
Wales held on and won the game.

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