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Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    FT Wales 20-19 Japan

    Alun Wyn Jones

    Wales are into their third Rugby World Cup semi-final after a narrow 20-19 victory over France, that pivoted on a red card for France second row Sebastien Vahaamahina and a late try for Ross Moriarty.

    Warren Gatland will have a couple more injury worries to look out for though with Jonathan Davies missing the match entirely after a knee injury sustained against Fiji flared up again and Josh Navidi coming off with an apparently hamstring complaint.

    They will play either Japan or South Africa next. That match is kicking off shortly in Tokyo.

    You can read the report on Wales' win here with more reaction and analysis to come.

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    Rebecca: From looking at the BBC and twitter, seems many people prefer Wales to be plucky losers and fall agonisingly short, rather than scrap out a win after an awful performance. Full circle from the card in 2011 and the injuries in 2015

    Paul Tasker: Performance doesn’t matter in knockout rugby- all about the result. There’s been a lot of tough games for us in this tournament. Rest up and Bring on the semis! Cymru Am Byth

  3. 'They can go where it really hurts'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    England v Wales

    They are the only team left in this tournament who've had to go to the well. There's a very good chance that will stand them in good stead. I'm recalling a game in 2003 when the better side lost in England v Wales. England scraped through playing badly. To have that in your locker, the knowledge that you can go there where it really hurts, is invaluable. I can't see Wales playing as badly as that again in this tournament.

  4. Match stats

    FT: Wales 20-19 France


    Wales - France

    Possession: 48%-52%

    Territory: 44%-56%

    Metres run: 324-481

    Clean breaks: 5-8

    Defenders beaten: 16-26

    Tackles made/attempted: 119/145-95/111

    Turnovers conceded: 11-14

    Penalties conceded: 6-8

  5. Post update

    SMS Message: Wales will not make the final. We're kidding ouselves that we have forgotten how to lose, when in reality we are sneaking through games. France showed in the first half what a good team playing well, will to do Wales. from The Sultan of Cwmbran
    The Sultan of Cwmbran
  6. 'Wainwright a special player'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Aaron Wainwright

    They don't know what to say, do they? I think they feel possibly a little bit embarrassed to win that game.

    Aaron Wainwright is a special player. We knew that probably 18 months ago seeing him play for Newport. He's fast, he's got the ability to beat men one-on-one yet he's still a flanker and brilliant over the ball - and Wales don't have massive ball carriers, but what they've got in Wainwright, Navidi and Moriarty are powerful men who are so explosive.

  7. 'Wales cannot be as bad again'

    FT Wales 20-19 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Wales win

    I think that Wales hare going to assess this game this week, individually it wasn’t good enough and collectively they were playing against a French side that had to be play differently, and Wales failed to adapt.

    Japan are more of a French style – pacey out wide, accurate - so Wales will have to change on the hoof. Wales could beat Japan or South Africa because they cannot play as badly as they did today. But Wales in a World Cup semi-final sounds pretty good.

  8. 'One point win? We'll take that...'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Wales win

    Wales couldn't get any possession and you were thinking, 'when do we really start to panic?' We looked for a moment of brilliance to change that game. It was that gigantic, enormous scrum from the Welsh. It was just massive and blew France away.

    One point win by Wales, we'll take that...

  9. 'Nowhere near our best'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    George North

    Wales wing George North speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "That was nowhere near our best. Our start was pretty slow and I am sure Shaun will have plenty to say but its knockout rugby. You have to be in it to win it.

    "We had self belief to get it done, but that was too close to comfort for our liking. We will address it tomorrow, but it’s knockout rugby. We’ll see who we play and focus on next week."

  10. Post update

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent at Oita Stadium

    There's been a mugging! It feels like a crime scene because of what has happened to France.

  11. 'We could not control the game'

    FT: Wales 20-18 France

    Guilhem Guirado

    French captain Guilhem Guirado; “We played a big first half, when we play like this we are impressive but when we took the red card we could not control the game.

    "We had the possibility to take three points or drop a goal, but we wanted to attack. I am very proud, but to finish the competition like this is very hard because some players have ended their careers now."

  12. 'Red card was inexcusable'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live


    Vahaamahina meant to do that. It was inexcusable. It was aggression, he knew exactly what he was doing and there are no excuses. He lost that game for his team. It's just stupid. If you're a French supporter, a French player... it is one of the worst things I've seen.

    He's one of their best players. To lose a player like that, you can't replace him.

  13. 'The better team lost'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Warren Gatland

    Wales coach Warren Gatland on BBC Radio 5 Live: I think the better team lost today. The thing about our boys is they don't give up, they keep trying until the end. We kept working away. France came out of the blocks well. At half-time we just said we've got to score next, we did that and obviously the red card was the turning point. It was pretty special.

    They did go hard, lost of big men, big runners and they got some go-forwards. Tactically, I thought they were really smart today. We just hung in there and showed some real character. I'm proud of the boys because I think lesser teams would have capitulated but we didn't do that.

    We'll just go back, recover today and travel to Tokyo tomorrow. I don't think we've got too many injuries, maybe a hamstring with Josh Navidi. We'll probably have a quiet night tonight!

  14. 'South Africa won't be as taxing'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Josh Adams

    Knowing Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards they will have 24 hours to enjoy it, soak it up and make the most of it. Whether they'll have a beer or not I'm not too sure, they're probably too tired for that!

    I'm not sure it will be quite as taxing mentally against South Africa, presuming they beat Japan, because maybe they'll be the underdogs. There was an expectation for them to beat France and beat them well. Sometimes you stutter because you should be playing a bit better.

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    Wales await TMO decision

    David Smith: Wales have got away with one there...surely that was forward at the end? Clear as day for anyone but the refs. Good luck to them in the semis

    Kea Sebesho: Jaco Pyper and his TMO have made a shocking call and cost France a semi final spot! That ripped ball went forward and it could be seen clearly using the 5m line

    Chris Smith: Daylight robbery there from Wales. Very poor throughout but even more so after the red card. Feel sorry for France coming that close & showed how dangerous they can be in that first half. Huge improvement needed to win a semi final

  16. 'Plenty to work on'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Alun Wyn Jones

    Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones: "We were slow out of the blocks, we started similar to against Fiji but the character we showed to come through, we kept plugging away and it came right on the scoreboard. We wanted to take the advantage with territory and take the opportunities.

    "We have plenty to work on, but we are very pleased with the result. We saw a lot of red from the Japanese fans, but the way the Welsh support have come over here is awesome.

  17. 'I'm emotionally spent!'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Dan Biggar

    I'm emotionally spent! What a game that was from start to finish. I'm looking at the players here, some hugging and jumping, some totally spent, exhausted.

    It's taken a toll on them this World Cup, the big games they've had against Australia and FIji.

    The turning point was the red card, but I expected a little bit more from Wales if I'm honest. I don't think we saw the best of them in attack. They were certainly shell-shocked in that first half.

    The character those boys showed to come back when it really mattered - that scrum which just blew France away and allowed Tomos Williams to get on the ball and the way they saw the game out... They're through to a semi-final and what more could you ask.

  18. The key moment

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    "Zidane has a cousin?"

    "At this level that is just sabotage."

    "Nothing in the head."

    Sebastien Vahaamahina is getting a mauling in the comments section below L'Equipe's article on his brain-dead red card for an elbow to Aaron Wainwright's chin.

    Deservedly so.

    Vahaamahina sent off
    Vahaamahina sent off
    Vahaamahina sent off
    Vahaamahina sent off
  19. 'Phenomenal from Wales'

    FT: Wales 20-19 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Two bench players came on and made the difference, Williams with the rip and Moriarty with the try. That's what you need from your finishers and your replacements.

    It's phenomenal watching the Welsh players bowing to the crowd - I'm surprised they've got the energy to bow even once! It's an incredible effort by these guys. What they've pout themselves through in the group stages, now this game.

    This is an enormous task for this Welsh team but if there was a team in this tournament who had to climb the mountain the toughest way, I think Wales would be the team to do it.