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Sport Comment: Discipline vital: What we learned from Wales's win over France

09:41  21 october  2019
09:41  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

We can win the World Cup says Wales fullback Liam Williams

  We can win the World Cup says Wales fullback Liam Williams Wales have beaten Les Bleus seven times in eight meetings since losing a controversial World Cup semi-final to them in 2011 when captain Sam Warburton was sent off. Continue reading below…If they knock out France, it will be a semi-final appointment with South Africa or a resurgent Japan in Yokohama.“There is only one thing we think we can do and that is win it,” Wales full-back Williams said.“I wouldn’t say we’ve got the easy route. We’ve got France next, and we need to beat them to be looking at the bigger picture.“I think we can go on and win it.

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Wales made it into the last four of the World Cup with a dramatic come from behind 20-19 win over 14-man France.

Here are five things we learned from Wales's victory at Oita Stadium on Sunday:

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- Seeing Red -

It is possible to win rugby matches a man down but there's a good reason why this rarely happens at international level and at a World Cup in particular.

France were leading 19-10 when Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off in the 49th minute for a blatant elbow into the face of Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright.

Suddenly, the whole mood of the match changed.

That it took Wales until six minutes from time to score the match-clinching try was testament to the resolve of a youthful French side but they should never have been put in that position in the first place.

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"I think I completely lost my head. It's difficult," said Vahaamahina, holding back tears, to his team-mates in the dressing room in a video posted on French broadcaster TF1's website. "Frankly, it's indefensible."

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Wales were held over the try-line several times, Ben McCalman pulled off a try-saving hit and Adam Ashley-Cooper brilliantly raced off his line to It was a backs-to-the-wall, body-battering, physically-demanding effort but somehow Australia stayed in the game, kept their nerve and got the vital win .

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- French flair returns -

One silver lining for France was the sparkling rugby they produced at the start of the match that led to a fine trio of tries.

Some of the midfield running and passing was a throwback to the best of French rugby traditions and far removed from their lumbering style of recent times.

Toulouse half-backs Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack are both in their early 20s, while the quick duo of Virimi Vakatawa and Damian Penaud should both have several more years of Test rugby ahead of them as well.

- Get your kicks -

Having a goalkicker with a match success rate of less than 80 percent is asking for trouble. While you could argue that Ntamack was unlucky to see a first-half conversion and penalty hit the post, the two eminently kickable chances should not really have been anywhere near the woodwork.

As it was, the five points spurned proved crucial to the outcome.

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especially when, like Wales , your next three matches were away. The theory was ripped up: Ireland' s victory was their only one in the tournament while Wales went on to win their next four matches. Italy followed up their victory over France with three defeats, rallying on the final day, while England

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- Find a way to win -

It wasn't pretty but knockout games are all about the result and the fact Wales were able to win without being anywhere near their best should give them a degree of confidence heading into a semi-final with South Africa.

Wales are unlikely to get away with another slow start against the Springboks in a match where they will hope to have centre Jonathan Davies, much missed in defence during the France match, fit following a knee injury.

- Ref in bother -

That referee Jaco Peyper needed to consult the television match official before showing a red card, after failing to spot Vahaamahina's clear hit on Wainwright himself, might have given the South African pause for thought.

But it did not stop Peyper apparently being photographed later with celebrating Wales fans while appearing to mimic Vahaamahina's elbow shot.

Critics said this cast doubt on his neutrality and judgement, two qualities vital to the success of any referee.

World Rugby said it was "establishing the facts" before commenting further.

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A light-hearted image of referee Jaco Peyper with Welsh fans has landed the South African in hot water ahead of this weekend's World Cup semi-finals. Peyper had no option but to red card France second-rower Sebastien Vahaamahina for elbowing the face of Wales back-rower Aaron Wainwright in a game-changing moment.

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