Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jonathan Davies: Wales centre ruled out of France quarter-final

Jonathan Davies: Wales centre ruled out of France quarter-final

With France leading 19-10, Vahaamahina had just claimed a lineout five metres from the Wales line and his side were edging their way forward when he hit Wainwright with the elbow.

Looking at the quarter-finals tonight, Wales will take on France at 7.15 while Japan will face South Africa at 10.15.

France had been in a superb position, both on the scoreboard and on the pitch, at that moment.

Wainwright had earlier scored a try and after being named man of the match he shrugged the incident off as being "part of [the game]". Scoring just a single try in just under a full half of rugby against 14 men is something that should be a concern to coach Warren Gatland.

"But the game changed course after Les Bleus lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off in the 48th minute for elbowing Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face", The Telegraph said. First, Vahaamahina muscled over from close range and then a breakaway from the ensuing kickoff saw flank Charles Ollivon on hand to finish off.

It was their first World Cup clash since the controversial 2011 semifinal France won 9-8 at Eden Park following a red card to former Wales captain Sam Warburton.

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Through some incredible defence, it looked like France may pull off a massive upset.

The try was awarded following a TMO review and it clinched Wales victory. Conversion: Dan Biggar (2).

There were signs that Vahaamahina's discipline would let him down but his barnstorming opening try showed why France went with him at lock.

Owen Watkin will take Davies' place at 13 with Leigh Halfpenny coming onto the bench for Wales, who start as favourites in Oita, southern Japan.

Replacements: E Dee, Carre, D Lewis, Beard, Moriarty, T Williams, Patchell, Halfpenny.

France -15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot.

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