France vs Wales score, result, highlights and analysis as Les Bleus end Six Nations 2023 with bonus-point win

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France and Wales played out a supremely entertaining game in Saint-Denis, scoring nine tries between them and each collecting a bonus point, as Les Bleus triumphed 41-28 to keep the pressure on Ireland at the top of the 2023 Six Nations table.

Wales shot out of the blocks from kick-off and were entrenched in the France 22 early on, with George North's early try being no less than they deserved as the outside centre crossed under the sticks inside eight minutes. However, France went straight back up the other end in spectacular fashion, with halves Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont linking up to give Damian Penaud an easy run to the corner.

Jonathan Danty scores in the corner as France race into a first-half lead (UK):

Penaud's try lit the touch-paper for France, who crossed once more before the break. Two Thomas Ramos penalties extended their lead, and Jonathan Danty finished off a similarly sweeping move to give Les Bleus a 13-point cushion at half-time, with Wales at risk of wilting as England did the week previous.

The second half saw France pick up where they left off as prop Uini Atonio crashed over in the corner, and within minutes the bonus point was sealed, with centre Gael Fickou profiting from another well-executed passing move to dive over from close range. Four tries to one up, France appeared to be home and hosed, as their prudent attack cut Wales to shreds.

Watch: Gael Fickou crosses for France's bonus-point try in Saint-Denis (UK)

Warren Gatland's men rallied, though, and soon had two second-half scores of their own. A stolen ball in France territory allowed hooker Bradley Roberts to ground the ball from close range, and a sniping dart and dive from Tomos Williams saw the scrum-half narrow the gap further.

France's lead never really looked to be too threatened, though, and Penaud had his second late on after grounding from a clever Ramos offload. But Wales weren't done, and Dyer surged down the left wing to score an impressive late consolation in the corner, bringing an end to a crazy game.

France do all they can in frenetic encounter

Five tries scored, all of which were brilliant in their own right, means France did enough to edge their way above Ireland at the summit of the Six Nations table ahead of the final match in Dublin. With Ireland expected to beat England, France are unlikely to be top at the day's end, but either way, Les Bleus certainly got their try-scoring groove back in the last two games of the tournament.

Wales show progress and guts under Gatland

They looked to be down and out early in the second period, but three late scores meant Wales made the scoreline respectable and kept Les Bleus within touching distance. The impacts made off the bench by Roberts and Williams showed the value in Gatland's frequent changes throughout this tournament, and Dyer's finish at the death exemplified the never-say-die attitude that Wales have made a habit of under the Kiwi's tenure down the years.

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France vs Wales full-time score

  1H 2H FT
France 20 21 41
Wales 7 21 28

Tries: Penaud (2), Danty, Atonio, Fickou; North, Roberts, T. Williams, Dyer

Conversions: Ramos (5); Biggar (4), Halfpenny

Penalties: Ramos (2)

France vs Wales full commentary, highlights

FT: That's all from us in this game, as we turn all attention to Dublin! It's been a varied Six Nations for both France and Wales, but with the World Cup nearing, this game has shown that both can certainly score a try or two when in the mood. Thanks for joining us, and we'll see you soon!

Damian Penaud finishes off France's scoring with their fifth try of the game (UK)

FT: France have done everything they can, ensuring they're at the top of the Six Nations table with Ireland vs. England following shortly. In a second half that continued the free-scoring madness of the first, France raced into an unassailable lead through tries from Atonio and Fickou. Wales responded with Roberts and Williams crashing over, before wingers Penaud and Dyer traded scores late on to round off a game which featured nine tries, 69 points, and crucially for France, bonus points all round!

80 mins: TRY - France 41-28 Wales! The game takes another late twist as Wales score right on the full-time hooter! Good ball in the France half allows the visitors to move possession to the left edge, and Dyer beats two tackles to race over in the corner! Leigh Halfpenny is on late for Biggar, and he adds the extras as Wales end their tournament with a bonus point-sealing score.

78 mins: TRY - France 41-21 Wales! A French scrum win precedes a plethora of forward carries on Wales' line, with their multiple phases narrowing Wales' defence. They finally push the ball to the right and Ramos stands up Dyer to release Penaud for an easy finish in the corner! Ramos adds two more, and France have their fifth converted try of the game!

75 mins: Ramos stabs another deft kick into the Wales 22, forcing Tomos Williams to carry it over the sideline in cover.

74 mins: Dupont shifts play to the right, where Dumortier has wrapped around to join in. Penaud has possession and tries to find his winger, but the ball's bounce evades Dumortier and Wales have it back.

72 mins: Adams catches a bomb into the Welsh 22 and his kick down-field is soon returned to the same area of the pitch. Ramos drills a kick in behind, and Rees-Zammit has to carry the ball dead to prevent Dumortier stealing in!

69 mins: Penaud scythes his way through disjointed Wales defence to race into the 22, before spinning the ball wide to Dumortier. He's caught late as he passes, and is still down as Dumortier is halted on the touchline.

67 mins: TRY - France 34-21 Wales! The visitors close the gap further! A long ball wide to Tipuric is carried well and kept in play brilliantly by the openside, and after a strong Wainwright carry from the next play, Tomos Williams picks and goes to dot the ball down for Wales' third try! Biggar adds two more points, and with 13 to go, it's a 13 point ball-game!

65 mins: Further ruck infringements by Les Bleus see penalties awarded Wales' way, each of which are kicked to the corner by Biggar in an attempt to score five or seven points rather than kick for three.

62 mins: Wales' five-metre scrum twists and turns in front of the French try-line, with Falatea pinged and the penalty given the visitors' way. 

60 mins: Another deft kick in behind from Tomos Williams has Rees-Zammit chasing it hard, and Dumortier spills it at the back for Les Bleus before being tackled inside the French in-goal area!

57 mins: TRY - France 34-14 Wales! Wales get back on the scoresheet! Beard turns the ball over inside France's 22, and the forwards pile in with several carries before Adams and Rees-Zammit take the ball just short of the line. Substitute hooker Roberts arrives late and goes for the line, slamming the ball down to score his first international try! Biggar adds the two, and Wales close the gap to 20 points.

56 mins: Tomos Williams is on for Webb at nine, and off the back of a scrum, kicks ahead for Adams. The winger chases hard, but Dumortier gets back in cover and lobs the ball across the in-goal area to Ramos, who allows it to bounce before racing back into the field of play!

54 mins: Tompkins spots space in behind and grubbers through for North to collect. The big centre offloads wide to Rees-Zammit, but the ball hits the deck and France are immediately back on the offensive!

51 mins: A Welsh line-out is thrown straight over the top, where France prop Sipili Falatea recovers it and smashes his way into the disjointed defensive line!

49 mins: TRY - France 34-7 Wales! Bonus point signed, sealed and delivered! France roar to the top of the Six Nations table as Fickou dives over with their fourth! A beautiful wrap-around play sees Danty find Ntamack around the back, and Fickou hits a fantastic short ball from the fly-half to race clear and score! Ramos adds the conversion, and it's going to be a case of damage-limitation for Wales from here.

47 mins: Wales steal the ball off a France line-out, but replacement lock Dafydd Jenkins can't keep hold of the ball! It's snatched up straight away as Les Bleus attack down the left, with Ramos making another half-break off Danty's offload.

44 mins: TRY - France 27-7 Wales! Les Bleus crash over in a perfect start to the second half! Camped on Wales' line, Dupont and Baille are both stopped short before France generate quick ball out to the left, and the ground shakes in the corner as Atonio scores! He caps his 50th French cap with five points, and Ramos adds two more to give the hosts a 20-point lead.

42 mins: Ramos and Ollivon both carry well down the left to get France onto the front foot straight away in this half, and after another strong hit-up by Marchand, Dupont's cheeky offload to Fickou is intercepted by Tompkins.

41 mins: Ramos resumes play for the hosts, and his kick-off gets the second-half underway in Saint-Denis!

HT: We're back for the second half, and as things stand, France are level with Ireland at the top of the 2023 Six Nations table. With Ireland still to play England after the conclusion of this match, the onus is on Les Bleus to do everything they can to gain the advantage going into the tournament's final game.

Watch: France's Toulouse contingent link up to finish a fantastic try against Wales (UK)

HT: The first half ends with France 13 points to the good, but Wales' fantastic start initially suggested they'd be the side on top! A solid eight minutes of constant pressure eventually yielded North's opening try, but after Penaud finished off a flowing move to equalise straight away, Les Blues haven't looked back. Two Ramos penalties and another fantastic team try, finished by Danty in the same corner, have France in command at the break, and they need to score twice more to confirm a potentially tournament-defining bonus point.

40 mins: Danty again looks to power his way through the line, this time off a French scrum, and is stopped on the edge of the Wales 22. However, the ball soon goes to ground and North attempts to catch France short down the left, but is bundled into touch to close out the half.

38 mins: Danty barges a hole into Wales' defence and Dupont scampers clear from the resultant ruck. Penaud arrives in support, but the scrum-half's flat pass goes to ground!

37 mins: Biggar tries a cross-field kick looking for the run of Dyer, but Penaud takes it well in mid-air and looks to get going straight away. His inside pass for Fickou is knocked down by North, and the Wales centre is very lucky that the referee hasn't penalised him there!

34 mins: TRY - France 20-7 Wales! Les Bleus are over once more with another scintillating effort! Ollivon's massive kick return sets France on the front foot, and Ramos makes a half-break before offloading to Dupont. He's stopped short of the line as numbers from both sides pile towards the far corner, but the ball is thrown back to the right, through several pairs of hands, and Danty is unmarked to crash over in the corner! Ramos converts, and France's lead is growing by the minute at the moment.

31 mins: PENALTY - France 13-7 Wales. A huge shove from France's forward pack has the Welsh scrum reeling, and conceding a penalty, which Ramos notches for three more points as Les Bleus extend their lead.

28 mins: Webb bullets a pass behind Biggar, putting Wales on the back foot as they retreat to their own 22. Rees-Zammit recovers possession, and hacks the ball away for a France line-out.

26 mins: PENALTY - France 10-7 Wales. Marchand wins a ruck penalty for France and Ramos steps up from distance, calmly slotting the ball over to put Les Bleus into the lead.

Watch George North hit a great line to score the opening try for Wales (UK): 

23 mins: Fickou knocks on in midfield and North kicks the ball ahead for Wales. Dumortier gets back in cover for France, who are able to exit their 22 thanks to strong carries from Dupont and Baille, before the former clears with a box-kick.

21 mins: Rees-Zammit returns a Dupont clearance with a good carry into the middle, but the gigantic Taofifenua gets over the ball on the floor and is able to win the penalty.

19 mins: Fickou is pinged for a tip-tackle on Wales second-row Jones, but it's a penalty only due to the France centre doing his best not to drive the veteran lock to the ground.

16 mins: Atonio is penalised for a deliberate knock-on, but upon closer inspection his knock-down is judged to be a genuine attempt for the ball, so we'll instead pack down for the first scrum of the game.

13 mins: Wales look to respond in tow as they spread the ball wide to the right. Adams burns away down the wing, but is caught and offloads inside to north just before being bowled over the touchline!

11 mins: TRY - France 7-7 Wales! Absolutely freakish play as France respond straight away! With penalty advantage, Ntamack steps, writhes and glides his way through the line, bursting into the 22 before offloading to Dupont. He steps wide and fires a 25-metre pass for Penaud to dive over in the corner, and just like that, France are on the board! Ramos' conversion is successful, and we're level at the Stade de France!

8 mins: TRY - France 0-7 Wales! Wales draw first blood! All that pressure had to tell eventually, and after Owens peels off a maul to be stopped short of the line, Webb's flat pass hits North and the centre gallops under the posts to score! Biggar converts, and Wales' bright start is justly rewarded!

7 mins: The visitors continue to apply pressure on the French line and an offside penalty gives them further advantage. Webb chips to the corner looking for Rees-Zammit, but it comes to nothing and play comes back for the penalty.

4 mins: Wales pummel their way forward with strong carry after strong carry, eventually winning penalty advantage for a ruck infringement. Webb poke his head through the line and releases Rees-Zammit down the blindside, whose reverse pass to Dyer hits the deck and bounces out!

2 mins: Held up! Wales win an early penalty which is driven towards the France whitewash from the line-out. Captain Owens has it at the back for the visitors and attempts to ground the ball, but there's a pile of bodies beneath him and he can't get it down!

Kick-Off: Dan Biggar kicks off for Wales, and the second match of Super Saturday is off and running!

5 mins to kick-off: The national anthems are well underway, and with the teams ready and raring to go, kick off beckons in Saint-Denis!

10 mins to kick-off: An expectant crowd is packed into the Stade de France, and here come the teams ahead of their final Six Nations match of 2023!

15 mins to kick-off: Taulupe Faletau wins his 100th Welsh cap in this game, and starts at number eight in a pack which also welcomes back Alun Wyn Jones and Aaron Wainwright. George North and Nick Tompkins start at centre, while Louis Rees-Zammit plays full-back for Wales.

30 mins to kick-off: Les Bleus have made two changes from the side that obliterated England at Twickenham, both of which come in the pack. Uini Atonio is back at tighthead prop following suspension, and Romain Taofifienua starts in the second row, having come off the bench in France's first four games.

45 mins to kick-off: France's thrashing of England last time out will certainly do some spurring of it's own, with their 53-10 victory seeing them score seven tries and condemn England to their biggest-ever defeat at Twickenham. It was the complete performance from Les Bleus, and if they play anywhere near as well today, Wales will be up against it right from the off.

60 mins to kick-off: Warren Gatland's return to the Welsh head coaching gig hasn't exactly gone to plan so far, but having lost their first three games of the tournament, Wales' bonus-point win over Italy last weekend should spur them on to finish their tournament on a high at the Stade de France.

75 mins to kick-off: France currently sit second in the table, four points behind leaders and Grand Slam favourites Ireland. Only a victory and four-try bonus point can take them into first place, and even that's only temporary, coming prior to Ireland facing England in the final game of this year's championship.

90 mins to kick-off: Hello, and welcome to our coverage of Super Saturday! It's the final day of the 2023 Six Nations, and with Scotland against Italy already underway, France vs Wales in Saint-Denis could prove to be a key match-up in deciding the fate of the title.

France vs Wales confirmed lineups

Thomas Ramos is well on course to finish as the top points scorer in this year's Six Nations, with his 68 so far more than double the 32 of nearest challenger Finn Russell. The full-back's early try began an afternoon of free-scoring madness at Twickenham, and Ramos retains the 15 jersey in an unchanged back-line that also features fellow scorer Damian Penaud, who crossed for a late brace against England on the right edge.

France's only changes come in the forwards, with boulder-esque prop Uini Atonio back at tighthead following suspension for a high tackle against Ireland. He displaces Dorian Aldegheri up front, with Romain Taofifienua coming into the second row alongside Thibaud Flament, who alongside flanker Charles Ollivon scored twice at Twickenham as Les Bleus ran riot.

😍💪 De retour au @StadeFrance dans 3 jours pour le dernier match de ce #SixNations2023 !#FRAPDG #XVdeFrance #NeFaisonsXV

Qui sera là ? 👇😉

— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) March 15, 2023

France starting XV: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Ethan Dumortier, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Thibaud Flament, Romain Taofifenua, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

France replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Reda Wardi, Sipili Falatea, Bastien Chalureau, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana, Melvyn Jaminet.

🤩 Voici 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙧𝙚 𝙚́𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙥𝙚 pour affronter le Pays de Galles pour le dernier match de cette édition 2023 du #SixNations 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
📅 Samedi 18.03 | 15H45
🏟️ @StadeFrance #NeFaisonsXV #FRAPDG

— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) March 16, 2023

As he as for all four of Wales' games in the tournament so far, Warren Gatland rings further changes for this final match, with Wales still able to finish as high as third if other results go their way. Louis Rees-Zammit will look to spring Welsh attacks from the back in place of the injured Liam Williams, with a physical centre partnership of George North and Nick Tompkins picked in an attempt to match the muscle of France in midfield.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 One of the greatest Welsh players of all time to make it 💯 for his country.#AwakenAnticipation | #FRAvWAL

— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 16, 2023

Taulupe Faletau scored the bonus point-sealing fourth try for Wales in Rome, and the Tongan-born number eight will win his 100th cap for Wales in this fixture, with himself and fellow regular Justin Tipuric joined in the back-row by the returning Aaron Wainwright. Alun Wyn Jones is also back in the XV, and brings with him a world-record 157 caps of international experience, as Wales aim to finish a very difficult tournament on a high.

Wales starting XV: Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams, George North, Nick Tompkins, Rio Dyer, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Wales replacements: Bradley Roberts, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Tomos Williams, Owen Williams, Leigh Halfpenny.

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— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 16, 2023

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France vs Wales live stream, TV channel

Here is how to watch the match in some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA fuboTV, Peacock, CNBC


Australia Stan Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport NOW
India Premier Sports Asia
Hong Kong Premier Sports Asia
Malaysia Premier Sports Asia
Singapore Premier Sports Asia

USA: All games are streaming live on Peacock and will also be available through fuboTV. However, they will also be repeated on CNBC on delay, usually by a couple of hours. 

Canada: All games are streaming live on DAZN.

UK: The tournament will be shown on BBC and ITV, with S4C also broadcasting in Wales. This match will be shown on ITV 1.

Australia: Six Nations coverage is provided by Stan Sport.

India: Premier Sports Asia is the main place to watch the Six Nations.

France vs Wales odds

As expected, Les Bleus are heavy, heavy favourites to win this Super Saturday clash in Saint-Denis, with none of our partner bookmakers appearing to give Wales a sniff. The shortest odds of a Welsh victory are BetMGM and Sports Interaction's +900 and $9.00 offerings respectively, which are both long shots compared to France's odds.

Both Sports Interaction and Neds have France as short as $1.04 to win, while Bet MGM's -3300 is the reverse of their +3300 offer on a draw! Sky Bet's odds are slightly longer but are still only 1/25, with anything other than a home win looking unlikely.

  UK (Sky Bet) USA (BetMGM)

Canada (Sports Interaction)

Australia (Neds)
France win 1/25 -3300 1.04  1.04
Draw 40/1 +3300 35.00 41.00
Wales win 10/1 +900 9.00 9.50
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