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Summary

  1. Result: France 13-20 Wales
  2. Biggar try for Wales and Halfpenny kicks 15 points
  3. Wales claim fourth straight win over France
  4. Result: Scotland 19-22 Italy
  5. Last-minute penalty try gives Italy victory
  6. Scotland still without a win in 2015 Six Nations

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Done and dusted for now, but this Ireland v England is a game that deserves a day all of its own.

The tournament's two unbeaten teams go head to head in Dublin tomorrow in a seismic meeting.

Kick-off is 15:00 GMT and I'm presuming I'll see you there. Yes? Good. Agreed.

Sleep well.

France 13-20 Wales

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Leigh Halfpenny
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Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny on the Forum: "We knew how important it was to come here and to win to keep us in the competition.

"We're absolutely delighted with the win, we knew how tough the challenge would be. The boys dug deep, especially in the last few minutes when there was a scrum five metres out from the line.

"The character to keep them out was what we knew we needed to bring to get a win here today.

"It was good to see the Toulon boys after the final whistle and I'll be looking to catch up with them after the game."

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France 13-20 Wales

Richard Barnes: Wales might not play as we want them too, but growing up I'd never think we'd be beating France on such a regular basis!

John Ballard: This has to be about the worst French side in living memory. Gone is the Gallic flair.

Catherine Kavanagh: I want the changing room camera to remain on Philippe Saint-Andre so we can watch the French throttle him! That's a very unhappy team.

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France 13-20 Wales

Martyn Williams

Former Wales captain on BBC Red Button

"Once Wales get confident they are a really dangerous side. I was very concerned with our forward pack and I thought we couldn't match the French physically. But we did just that. Wales were very disciplined as well, didn't give away too many penalties and nullified France. With their newfound confidence they could go a long way."

France 13-20 Wales

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Wales captain Sam Warburton on the Forum: "France were absolutely massive, and they brought on the cavalry for the last 20 or 30 minutes. But as forwards we've felt we've underperformed as a pack. We had some honest meetings after the England and Scotland games, and credit to our pack - it was a much-improved performance.

"France turn over southern hemisphere wins quite regularly, but we've now beaten them four times in a row. The hard work paid off, and that is satisfying."

France 13-20 Wales

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Chocolate
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Wales captain Sam Warburton, who often steers clear of the drink, is asked on the Forum whether he will enjoy a cold beer this evening.

"Well, I've got a knock on my knee and it's swollen up," he says. "The rule is, if you have a knock then strictly no alcohol. Maybe a kilo of fruit and nut instead!"

France 13-20 Wales

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Dan Biggar scored for Wales
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Wales try scorer Dan Biggar on the Forum: "France are a superb side, and when they get the maul going and their game doing they are hard to stop. We worked hard all week and our team deserve all the credit in the world. That result puts us right back in the mix and the changing room is a happy place to be. It was a tough, physical game and there are a few sore bodies now.

"I just about had the pace for my try - another couple of metres away and I would have been struggling! The forwards deserve the credit really - I just finished it off.

"If Ireland can win tomorrow, and then with Ireland still to come to the Millennium Stadium, the title really could be on."

France 13-20 Wales

Martyn Williams

Former Wales captain on BBC One

"Leigh Halfpenny at the back keeps chipping away and he does a cracking job as ever with the boot. Wales were very disciplined today and they're in a really good place and with confidence, they can win a lot of games playing like that."

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France 13-20 Wales

Chris Wenham: Awesome game, Wales! Beautifully done. A well-deserved win. Bring on Ireland!

Steve the Chemist: The Welsh forwards and overall defence were massive, but it will not win the World Cup. England have the full package.

Joe Davies: Well done Wales. Great win. Four on the trot over the French.

France 13-20 Wales

Wales fans celebrate
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Is that a BBC Radio Wales-branded flag? I didn't know we did those...

France 13-20 Wales

Yoann Huget
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The France dressing room is a pretty desolate place. Serge Blanco does the rounds, tapping a few shoulders and whispering some consoling words before Philippe Saint-Andre takes centre stage and starts the post mortem.

The Six Nations is a poorer place with this France side shorn of invention and style...

France 13-20 Wales

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: "We have a good record against France I though the forwards were sensational. We scrummaged well, the line-out was good and I thought we deserved to win.

"The next game is massive against Ireland at home and hopefully we will play Italy on the final day with the championship alive."

France 13-20 Wales

Wales
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You only need to see Leigh Halfpenny's reunion with girlfriend Jess in the stands to realise what that win means for Wales.

The pair of them look to be in tears. There has been a lot of pressure. If Wales had lost it would have been doom and gloom, now the win means the talk is all about an unlikely Six Nations title.

The result was everything.

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France 13-20 Wales

French players look dejected
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Adam Rees: Great win by Wales. Battle of attrition, big physical effort. Well done!

James Hall: Love, love, love beating the French! Excellent performance from Wales.

Jonathan Flowers: That'll do nicely. Well earned boys!

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France 13-20 Wales

Wales wing George North: "We had a tough few weeks and against a French side in Paris it's always difficult. But, the boys were tight, we stayed together and brought home a strong performance today. To come out here and get a win is great for our championship hopes."

France 13-20 Wales

George North
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George North is just talking pitchside and he sounds bullish about Wales' chances of turning this Six Nations campaign round to a glorious conclusion.

He recalls 2013 when Wales lost their opener at home to Ireland and ended as champions after a 30-3 win over England

Full quotes to come.

France 13-20 Wales

Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones

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Wales players celebrate
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"A fantastic win for Wales. The atmosphere here was electric from start to finish. France, in fairness, played some electric rugby. But the Welsh defence stood firm and it was that defence who won the day.

"There is still time for Wales to win this Six Nations, and they will be pleased. They still have an opportunity of winning the championship, and of course looking ahead the World Cup."

Full-time

France 13-20 Wales

France v Wales full-time
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It doesn't even get that far.

The scrum disintegrates and the referee decides not to resuscitate the action.

Jeers from all around the Stade de France for the home team.

France 13-20 Wales

A France knock-on. Wales with the scrum. A clean hook, a boot into touch and this will be done.

France 13-20 Wales

Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones

BBC Radio 5 live

"It's been an incredibly brave defensive effort from Wales in this second half, and it looks as if all that effort, patience and experience is going to pay."

France 13-20 Wales

What a tackle!

Jamie Roberts smashes into Brice Dulin bringing France's attack to a shuddering halt. The ball is in French hands, but back up on halfway.

France 13-20 Wales

France with momentum, but Wales stem it just in time. The maul breaks up with still five metres to go to the Welsh line.

France 13-20 Wales

Penalty France!

No time to go for goal. Camille Lopez plays it safe and kicks to the Wales 22m line rather than flirting with the corner and dead-ball doom.

Line-out to come...

France 13-20 Wales

France and Wales scrum
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Scrum reset with the clock still ticking. The seconds are slipping away and Wales are in no rush to get the game restarted.

France 13-20 Wales

This game is getting away from France.

The crowd are grumbling as Samson Lee takes a knee and calls for a little medical attention.

The home side are running out of momentum.

France 13-20 Wales

Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones

BBC Radio 5 live

"Wales have a kicker of such quality in Halfpenny. They almost feel that if they can exert any sort of pressure they're likely to gain a penalty, and then it'll be three points."

Penalty

France 13-20 Wales - Leigh Halfpenny

Those Welsh forwards have come together and trump their French counterparts at scrum-time.

Liam Williams is in off the wing to slap backsides and shout encouragement because this is a very kickable spot and his side have a very good kicker.

Leigh Halfpenny strolls up and is as laser-guided as ever.

France 13-17 Wales

On come the Welsh reinforcements in the pack.

Richard Hibbard, Bradley Davies and Justin Tipuric are into the fray...

France 13-17 Wales

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

"This is down to good possession, recycling and then putting width on the ball. Brice Dulin goes low and he goes early to the line for a very good try."

France 13-17 Wales

Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones

BBC Radio 5 live

"Wave after wave of France attacks, and credit Wales for their defence but you have top run out of numbers eventually when you're having to commit so many men to the tackle. Every point matters now, and this match is within a France score. The French have their tails up and will look to keep on pressing."

Try

France 13-17 Wales - Brice Dulin (con Lopez)

The Wales defence is sucked in as the France forwards gather steam and momentum and when they throw the ball wide the hosts' back are queueing up.

Brice Dulin finishes it off, staying low to get under Dan Lydiate's shoulder charge and in at the corner.

Camille Lopez sends an ugly scuffer of a kick scraping over to close the gap to four.

France 6-17 Wales

France are pouring on the pressure. Thierry Dusautoir is up to within five metres...

France 6-17 Wales

Ali Williams

Former New Zealand lock on BBC One

"Leigh Halfpenny puts so much pressure on himself that he almost makes it twice as hard. But he does it every time with the boot, he's just fantastic."

Penalty

France 6-17 Wales - Leigh Halfpenny

That is a monster of a kick. Leigh Halfpenny channels his inner Neil Jenkins and lands from well out and wide.

Eleven points is a heck of a gap to bridge back.

France 6-14 Wales

Ali Williams

Former New Zealand lock on BBC One

"I've noticed the difference for France since Morgan Parra's come off. They're certainly not as settled."

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France 6-17 Wales

Dan Eccles: Great try!

Rhodri Lewis: Lydiate with a worldy!

Isaac Arinaitwe: You feel the big French boys are running out of steam. That Biggar try will hurt.

France 6-14 Wales

France look like they might be disintegrating. A sentence that has been written many times before.

Aimless kicking is followed by a needless concession of a penalty by replacement Vincent Debaty.

Leigh Halfpenny is going to take it on from 40m and from a tight angle.

France 6-14 Wales

Former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones

BBC Radio 5 live

"Great dummy by Webb, who is fantastic around the fringes, and Lydiate's ball to Biggar was fantastic, sending the defenders one way. No problem at all with the try, after Wales have been under the cosh."

France 6-14 Wales

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

"What a beautiful little pass by Dan Lydiate, beautifully pass that creates the try. Biggar knew he didn't have the legs and he went down early to get across the line."

Try

France 6-14 Wales - Dan Biggar

Dan Biggar celebrates
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More nifty moves and sleight of hand than Fagin's gang.

Rhys Webb weasels through a gaps around the fringes around the 22-metre line, offloads to Dan Lydiate and the flanker deftly slips the ball on to Dan Biggar.

The fly-half pins his ears back and just, just, makes it into the corner as Brice Dulin covers across and trys to turn him turtle.

Leigh Halfpenny, from the touchline, slips attempting to land a very tricky conversion.