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Eye on JWC2014: French Under 20s stun Wales

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wru.co.uk     23 Feb 2014     Getty Images

. Guided by scrum half Baptiste Serin, France's second half performance saw them take home the spoils as lock Jean-Baptiste Singer crossed for their only try of the game.

The two sides had gone into the break level at 3-3, Wales staying in the game despite France monopolising both territory and possession. Serin and Ethan Davies had exchanged penalties but after the interval, France did enough to claim victory.

Singer's close-range effort, converted by Serin, was the key moment and when Dafydd Howells saw yellow for a dangerous tackle, Wales' hopes of getting back into the game ended.

Replacement hooker Ethan Lewis crossed for a late converted try but it wasn't enough to earn Wales victory.

With the rain hosing down from kick off, France stamped their mark early on. With 12 minutes on the clock, the visitors had had 90 per cent of possession, Serin giving them a thoroughly deserved 3-0 lead with his first penalty of the day.

In the wet conditions, Wales were struggling to get going and with their line out not providing a constant source of ball, the home side couldn't string a decent run of phases together. Harri Evans' knock on summed up a frustrating first half an hour for Byron Hayward's men but despite dominating the game, France couldn't put more points on the board.

Davies missed two albeit very difficult penalties chances to get Wales back into it, Serin also awry with one effort, as there remained little between the teams on the scoreboard. Under the pump for most of the first half, the Wales forwards were slowly getting to grips with the France pack and after winning a penalty at a scrum, Davies then levelled things up with his third attempt of the day.

To read more about Wales defeat to France, visit the WRU.