France remain on track for Grand Slam with win over spirited Wales

France hold on to remain on course for first Six Nations title and Grand Slam since 2010; Flanker Anthony Jelonch scores only try; full-back Melvyn Jaminet added eight points with the boot; Dan Biggar struck three penalties for much-improved Wales, who were unfortunate to lose in Cardiff

By Michael Cantillon at Principality Stadium

Last Updated: 11/03/22 9:55pm

Anthony Jelonch scored the game’s only try as a mis-firing France held on to beat Wales in Cardiff

France remain on course for a first Six Nations title and Grand Slam since 2010 after a sloppy display against a spirited Wales side brought a 13-9 victory in a rousing Cardiff atmosphere.

Les Bleus flanker Anthony Jelonch scored the only try of the Test, with full-back Melvyn Jaminet adding two penalties and a conversions, but Fabien Galthie’s charges put in a performance filled with knock ons and avoidable penalties.

Dan Biggar kicked three penalties as Wales played with great heart and effort in front of a crackling crowd of over 63,000 fans, despite the visible capacity issues the WRU faced in the higher tiers behind each end.

Wales had more possession than France, far more attacking entries into the 22, and were the more disciplined side on the day in their best performance of the championship in 2022, but just could not find the points to show for their effort in the second half.

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