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Wales beat France 27-6 to keep 6 Nations hopes alive

Wales put their defeat at the hands of Ireland behind them on Friday, beating France 27-6 at the Millennium Stadium to keep their 6 Nations title hopes alive.

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Six Nations: Wales 20-6 France

George North scores a try Credit: PA

Wales' six nations match against France has got off to a good start.

They stormed eight points clear inside six minutes through a Leigh Halfpenny penalty and a George North try.

Halfpenny opened the scoring through a 48-metre strike, before Wales attacked from deep via Halfpenny and wing Liam Williams before North capitalised on defensive hesitancy between France full-back Brice Dulin and scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain to pounce for the touchdown.

Halfpenny missed the conversion attempt, but he quickly made amends by landing another long-range penalty and Wales could reflect on a dream start, leading 11-0 after just nine minutes.

France looked as though they had cut the deficit when wing Yoann Huget danced his way over Wales' line, but play was called back following a knock-on by Les Bleus skipper Pascal Pape as he tackled Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland, and the home side escaped.

It was a breathless opening, but France needed to establish a foothold in the game, and they opened their account through a Doussain penalty.

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