Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Jones returns to captain Wales against France

Jones returns to captain Wales against France

"The way our games went we could've been going for a lot more but this last game we've displayed the character we need going forward". "We are close but we will have to improve quickly", Brunel said.

For us, it (Saturday) is pretty important in terms of an opportunity to finish second.

France, who have been showing signs of improvement since they beat England last Saturday, scored a try through Gael Fickou with Francois Trinh-Duc kicking a drop goal and Maxime Machenaud slotting home a conversion and a penalty.

France hit back through a try from Gael Ficko, who started the move with an offload on halfway and then was on the shoulder of Trinh-Duc to run through from 30 meters for a try near the posts. "We started off well but there were too many turnovers and mistakes", he added.

Wales - 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Justin Tipuric, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.

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The visitors took held the advantage after the opening exchanges thanks to early tries from half-backs Pauline Bourdon and Caroline Drouin, and things got even worse for the Welsh soon after when flanker Alisha Butchers was forced off through injury.

England still have a chance of winning this season's competition but find themselves three points behind leaders France who face Wales.

Wales were penalised for coming in at the side of the resulting ruck, but Trinh-Duc - with Machenaud having been substituted - missed a sitter of a penalty to sum up his less than average afternoon on the paddock.

France dominated the game in Cardiff but failed to make it count especially in the second half, losing their third match of the championship by six points or less to end up fourth in the table.

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