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Wales beat France to end long losing streak

Wales celebrated North's try, and a famous and important victory. Photo: PA

Wales beat France 16-6 in the Six Nations in Paris, to put an end to their long losing streak and belatedly get their Six Nations campaign up and running.

George North scored the decisive try with eight minutes to go.

The Scarlets winger gathered a perfectly-weighted kick through from Dan Biggar and shrugged off a French tackler to touch down in the corner.

Leigh Halfpenny added the conversion from the touchline, and then kicked another penalty to make sure of the result.

The television match official confirmed North had expertly managed to keep himself in field to score. Credit: PA

The two sides had been locked together at 6-6 going into the final ten minutes, with two penalties apiece from Leigh Halfpenny and French fly half Frederic Michalak.

The game was increasingly tight in the second half, with both sides reluctant to play expansive rugby, fearing defeat rather than chasing victory.

Both were beaten on the opening weekend of the Six Nations - Wales made to pay for a first-half horror show by Ireland, and France shocked by Italy in Rome.

Ryan Jones captained his country for a record 30th time this afternoon, with Sam Warburton out injured, and Jamie Roberts won his 50th cap.

Halfpenny kicked three penalties and a fine conversion at the Stade de France. Credit: PA

Victory was Wales' first in nine test matches, and their first since beating France to clinch the Six Nations Grand Slam last year.

It was their first win at the Stade de France since 2005, and also their first under interim coach Rob Howley.

The relief felt by the Welsh players and coaches was plain to see as the final whistle sounded.

The result keeps alive their hopes of defending their Six Nations crown, with the Grand Slam of course already out of reach.

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