In the stacked Pool A, every match not against South Africa is a must win. The one-time World Cup winner, Wales, has experienced a bit of a resurgence this season after years of mediocrity. If Wales is to return to past glory, it will have to win matches like this. For France, modern blips of quality have failed to result in hardware. France, as one of only four northern hemisphere nations to ever win a Series tournament, a win means as much or more.
France got on the board first, but Wales struck back with 3:30 left in the half to tie it up at seven a piece. France had great attacking position in the final minutes of the half, but looked to have wasted the power of Pierre Gilles Lakafia after a knock-on gave Wales a scrum feed inside their own twenty-two. Despite winning the scrum, Wales couldn’t retain possession, giving France the try they desperately needed. On halftime, France led 14–7.
Wales looked to methodically work the ball in for a match-leveler throughout the opening minutes of the second half. The problem with the methodical approach is sevens only needs one error to see the end up on the other side of the pitch. And so it was for the Welsh after knocking on the French line only to see a mishandled ball go ninety meters to extend the French lead by seven. With precious seconds flittering away, France once more capitalized on a Wlesh error to put the match out of reach. With the hooter having blown, France kicked a penalty for touch, took the lineout, moved the ball wide, and added the capper on the far left side of the pitch. To make matters worse, French captain Terry Bouhraou added the long conversion. France 33 Wales 7.