France beats Wales in World Cup semifinal

2011-10-15 10:05

Auckland – France beat Wales 9-8 in a Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park today.

Wales had to play most of the match a man down after captain Sam Warburton was sent off in the 19th minute for a dangerous tackle on Vincent Clerc that ended with the France wing landing head-first on the turf.

At that stage, Wales were 3-0 in front.

Morgan Parra kicked three penalties to give France a 9-3 lead heading into the final quarter.

But a brilliant try by Wales scrum half Mike Phillips, the only one of the match, cut the French advantage to just a point, with Stephen Jones’s conversion attempt hitting the post.

And with five minutes left, Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny saw a penalty attempt from just under halfway dip narrowly below the crossbar.

Two-time losing finalists France, yet to win the World Cup, will face the winners of Sunday’s second semifinal between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in the October 23 final at the Auckland ground.

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