Wales vs. France

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Wales 28 def. France 6

Match URL
Monday, October 9th, 1995
Eddie Ward
Ninian Park (Cardiff)
  Wales France
  28 6

Match Stats

Halftime Score    

Match Scoresheet

Tries   Anthony Sullivan (3)   Patrick Torreilles
    John Devereux    
    Iestyn Harris    
Goals   Jonathan Davies (3)   Frederic Banquet (1)
    Iestyn Harris (1)    


Fullback 1. Iestyn Harris 1. David Despin
Wing 2. John Devereux 2. Frederic Banquet
Centre 3. Allan Bateman 3. David Fraisse
Centre 4. Scott Gibbs 4. Pierre Chamorin
Wing 5. Anthony Sullivan 5. Jean-Marc Garcia
Five-Eighth 6. Jonathan Davies (c) 6. Pascal Fages
Halfback 7. Kevin Ellis 7. Patrick Entat (c)
Front Row 8. Kelvin Skerrett 8. Didier Cabestany
Hooker 9. Martin Hall 9. Patrick Torreilles
Front Row 10. David Young 10. Frederic Teixido
Second Row 11. Paul Moriarty 11. Gael Tallec
Second Row 12. Mark Perrett 12. Pascal Jampy
Lock 13. Richie Eyres 13. Thierry Valero
Bench 14. Mark Jones 14. Vincent Banet
Bench 15. Adrian Hadley 15. Karl Jaavuo
Bench 16. Keiron Cunningham 16. Brian Coles
Bench 17. Rowland Phillips 17. Lilian Hebert
Coach   Clive Griffiths   Ivan Grésèque

Match Report

A hat-trick from the flying winger Anthony Sullivan crowned a clinical Welsh performance in which they disposed of the first of their group opponents. The St Helens player had been in some of the most prolific form of his career and against a defence which accorded him plenty of room to run, Sully was unstoppable.

But as with the European Championship, the foundations for the win were laid in the complete supremacy of the Welsh pack of forwards. Paul Moriarty was the best and gave a characteristic display of power. Their dominance allowed Ellis, driving at his best from scrum-half, and Davies to orchestrate the backs. Included in their ranks was Scott Gibbs, who made a solid international rugby league debut at centre.

Davies gave Wales the lead with two penalty goals and they were never really to be threatened. Iestyn Harris, destroying the French defence with his running game from fullback, set Sullivan up for two tries and Davies created his hat-trick. Harris scored an exciting individual try from just inside the French half and Devereux finished off the job with a try under the posts at the end.

Wales did have a couple of scares, the first being a nasty bang to captain Davies. The sight of him being helped from the field midway through the second half, not to return, was enough to send alarm bells going in the Welsh camp. They were then threatened with disciplinary action over an alleged substitution infringement. They had brought Bateman back from the blood bin to replace Davies, thinking Davies was being blood binned did not count as a substitution.

Fortunately the confusion was cleared up, and the mistake went unpunished. However just three days later, Western Samoa sent out a chilling warning by demolishing France 56-10 at the same venue. Qualification from the group was a big ask.


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