Fellow Wales has reached the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after a feat against a surprisingly strong France. The Six Nations winner wrestled the long outnumbered Frenchman in a thrilling thriller with 20:19 (10:19) down. Hosts Japan and South Africa are investigating their opponents.
France scored a blitz start in front of just under 50,000 fans at the rugby stadium in Tokyo and led them 12-0 in the first eight minutes after two attempts. After the Welsh had fought back to 10:12, Virimi Vakatawa (31) made with his attempt for the pause.
France's Sebastien Vahaamahina saw a red card early on in the second half, leaving the Bleus with less than 30 minutes left on the pitch. But with an impressive energy and will power, the French defended their lead until the final stages. Wales took the lead just five minutes from the end.
On Saturday, defending champion New Zealand and former England champion had reached the semi-final with impressive victories. The All Blacks won against fellow favorite Ireland after a 46 / 14th strength demonstration. England had previously had little trouble at 40:16 over Australia. Both semi-finals will rise next weekend.