Wales’ Six Nations crown is now out of their hands with a final-minute loss to France, and ended their hopes of a Grand Slam victory.
With an exciting final round of the Six Nations, there’s still one game left to play – one that will decide who is the 2021 Six Nations champion.
France will host Scotland, with a chance to win their first Six Nations crown in 11 years (their last win all the way back in 2010).
As it stands, Wales are top of the table, and are within touching distance of the Six Nations championship. That could all be taken away by the French side, however, who are looking to take advantage of their latest victory.
In a nail-biting clash, France were able to capitalise on a last-minute penalty and win the game 32-30 in the dying seconds of the contest.
Some late drama cost Wales the victory, and now France have kept alive their title hopes. A Bruce Dulin try in injury time was enough to secure the win for the French side.
On the 68th minute mark, France second row Paul Willemse was sent off (and rightly so) after an eye gouge on Wyn Jones, clearing him out of a ruck.
However, after all that, France still had a man advantage at the end of the game. Two yellow cards in the last 10 minutes left Wales with only 13 men on the field to defend their win, but to no avail.
To say England were the 2020 Six Nations champions, their 2021 campaign was not one to remember. Finishing fifth in the tournament, with only Italy behind them, it’s fair to say that there needs to be some substantial improvements in the England camp.
With a 32-18 loss to Ireland in their final game of the Six Nations, the poor display of performances can definitely be described as ‘not acceptable’ – a term used by former England scrum-half Matt Dawson.
With only a convincing win against Italy (which is nothing to be proud of – everyone beat Italy) and a victory against France – which showed the potential of the England side – it was a very disappointing Six Nations campaign.
The match between France and Scotland was originally scheduled to take place in February, as part of the third round of games. However, due to a Covid outbreak in the French camp, the match was postponed.
Now, the contest will take place at the Stade de France on Friday night, with an 8pm GMT kick-off time. France will look to put in a dominating performance to have
With a bonus point and a minimum of 21 points, France will claim the 2021 Six Nations, overtaking Wales at the very last hurdle.
All eyes will be on the big game on Friday, with France desperately wanting a successful Six Nations. The opportunity to win it at their home stadium will make it that little bit better, too.
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