France's Vahaamahina Sees Red For Idiotic Elbow On Wales Backrow

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Wales centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out of the World Cup quarter-final against France with a knee injury.

"It's nice to keep teams guessing sometimes, whether we're going to come hard with the pack or shift it wide, but it's another string to our bow".

The French were ahead 19-10 in their quarterfinal against Wales on Sunday in Ōita, but were reduced to 14 men after the lock elbowed opposing flanker Aaron Wainwright in the head during a maul early in the second half.

France had the chance to extend the lead back to two scores with a drop-goal, but Camille Lopez, a second-half replacement for Ntamack, opted to go for the try.

Wales have advanced to the semifinals for the first time in two tournaments.

And Wales' World Cup adventure will now continue for at least another week, with Japan or South Africa their semi-final opponents.

"There was obviously an advantage with the red card". However, a massive Welsh scrum near the French line allowed Tomos Williams to rip the ball and Moriarty to ground the ball for the winning try.


"We were slow out of the blocks", Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said in a post-match television interview.

And it appears the reckless decision by Vahaamahina has cost his side a place in the semi-finals after Wales went on to win 20-19.

The try was awarded following a TMO review and it clinched Wales victory.

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.

"We played a big first half". With the red card, we never controlled the game. "Vahaamahina takes most of the blame, but if you're not giving that forward, then you shouldn't be reffing World Cup knockout games".

"However, a red card for Vahaamahina for a shocking elbow on Wainwright looked to have turned the tables - only for France to produce a defensive display that frustrated Wales".

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