20 October 2019 18:34
WALES survived a nailbiter against 14-man France to reach the Rugby World Cup semi-final. The French appeared to be in control of the game before Vahaamahina was sent off for a vicious red card on Wainwright. 2 Ross Moriarty went from zero to hero for Wales with his late try Credit: AFP or licensors Here are Alex Bywater's ratings from the thriller in Oita. 15 Liam Williams Reliable as ever and always looking to attack. 14 George North Some miraculous defence, but needed the ball in his hands more.
13 Owen Watkin Came in at short noticve for injured Jon Davies and proved he is a star in the making. 12 Hadleigh Parkes Ran straight and hard, but never reached the heights of earlier games. 11 Josh Adams Wales biggest threat with in pool matches, but never got the ball in hand. 10 Dan Biggar Cool, calm and effective. Kicked his goals perfectly. 9 Gareth Davies Flew up in defence a couple of times to snuff out the French, but little chance in attack. 1 Wyn Jones Stood up well to the French front row powerhouses. 2 Ken Owens Popped up all over the field and always drove hard into the French in attack and defence. 3 Tomas Francis Strong performance all round. Met the French head on. 4 Jake Ball Powerhouse performance from the Scarlets lock as he carried hard and hit even harder in defence. 5 Alun Wyn Jones Always in the thick of the action as he urged on his troops. Another inspirational effort. 6 Aaron Wainwright Welsh star of the tournament. Bagged his first test try to get his side back into things. 2 Vahaamahina was sent off for his moment of madness Credit: PA:Press Association 7 Justin Tipuric Couple of great turnovers and always an attacking option out wide. 8 Josh Navidi Left early with a worrying hamstring injury to leave Wales short of a ball carried. REPLACEMENTS 16 Elliot Dee Late replacement for Ken Owens. 17 Rhys Carre Thrust into the cauldron and survived. 18 Dillon Lewis Added vital energy when he came on. Latest rugby news JAPAN 3 SOU afr 26 Hosts' fairy-tale journey over as Springboks set up semi with Wales VICTORY IN SIGHT What is England's route to the Rugby World Cup final? Cheika cheiks out Michael Cheika quits as Australia coach after being thrashed by England OFF YOU GO! What are the red card rules at Rugby World Cup and what is a sin bin? FIGURE IT OUT How many substitutes can the teams use in Six Nations matches? 19 Adam Beard Good line-out option and maul operator. 20 Ross Moriarty Yellow card and then vital try – Zero to hero. 21 Tomos Williams Massive impetus when he came on.