Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fragile France suffer from fear of winning | Sports , Other Sports

Fragile France suffer from fear of winning | Sports , Other Sports

There were only two tries scored when Wales last visited the Stade de France in the Six Nations in 2017.

Warren Gatland said Wales has "forgotten how to lose" following its stunning come-from-behind victory over France in the Six Nations.

Wales trailed by 16 points at half-time but responded magnificently, posting a 10th successive win and equalling their longest undefeated run since 1999.

Daly has started the last seven Tests in the position but Brown's expertise under the high ball made him a strong contender to oust his rival.

As a reversal of fortune, North capitalised on a mistake from Huget for the first of his second try that came in the 52nd minute and once again Anscombe's conversion meant the gap between the two teams came down to two points which remained intact after Dan Biggar and Camille Lopez traded penalties in the 63rd and 70th minutes respectively.

And France made Wales pay, scoring their second try just five minutes later after Damian Penaud made initial headway and flanker Arthur Iturria delivered a brilliant one-handed pass to Penaud's fellow wing Huget, who finished in style. "That can only be a good thing, and we've got to keep that going".

"To win this tournament, you need a bit of luck".

Wales have now won all their matches since they beat Italy in last year's Six Nations.

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"France in Paris is a big challenge first-up". "They are where they are in the world rankings at the minute and rightly so, but we're looking to get up there".

France's two tries demonstrated their intrepid attack at. "He should have stayed on his man", Gatland said. He is a quality player.

Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones said: "Had we not taken the opportunity early in the second half, we might have felt the fear".

"Sixteen-point swings usually don't happen, but we were able to get that snowball effect".

The win also means Warren Gatland's side went on to register their 10th consecutive victory after a successful summer and autumn worldwide series previous year. "It's more a lack of control".

The stage is set in Dublin for two of the world's top four teams as England heads to the Aviva Stadium determined to stop a rampaging Ireland side.

"It is Wales, and there is pressure on us being on such a winning run, but we will enjoy that".

Brunel has reunited experienced scrum-half Morgan Parra and fly-half Camille Lopez for the start of the tournament.

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