Comeback Kings Wales stage epic fightback in Paris Six Nations win

Wales trailed by 16 points at half time but came back to beat France 24-19

Wales have delighted the nation in their thrilling Six Nations opener in Paris.

In spite of trailing by 16 points at half time, they staged an epic fightback to defeat France by 24 points to 19.

Its Wales's 10th successive win and their longest undefeated run since 1999

Victory prompted coach Warren Gatland to claim his Wales team had "forgotten how to lose".

Tries by scrum-half Tomos Williams and wing George North, who capitalised on opposite number Yoann Huget's defensive howler, plus two Gareth Anscombe conversions and a Dan Biggar penalty edged Wales ahead following a 15-minute purple patch.

And after France went back in front through a Camille Lopez penalty, North claimed his second try - a stunning 60-metre interception effort that Biggar converted - to give Wales a seventh victory from the last eight starts against France.


"France were very good in the first half," Wales head coach Gatland said. "We made too many errors and tried to play too much rugby.

"We were much better in the second half and created some chances.

"For me, the big difference between the two teams is that we've become a side that has probably forgotten how to lose and can dig deep like that.

"On the other hand, they are probably a team searching for some confidence, having not had a great run in the last seven or eight matches."

Wales, unbeaten since losing to Ireland in last season's Six Nations, were up against it as Les Bleus dominated the opening 40 minutes and cruised clear through touchdowns by Louis Picamoles and Huget, while Lopez booted a penalty and a drop-goal.

Gatland added: "We know that we get better the more time we have together.

"To win this tournament, you need a bit of luck. We look back on our victories and know that sometimes you have the bounce of the ball.

"It's tough in the Six Nations when you come up against one of the big teams. France in Paris is a real challenge, and if you can win the first game then you have a good chance of winning the tournament.

"Hopefully we can build on this and start thinking about the rest of the tournament."

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