Six Nations 2024: Wales 24-45 France - visitors win with bonus point win in Cardiff

France scored tries through Gael Fickou, Nolann Le Garrec, Georges-Henri Colombe, Romain Taofifenua and Maxime Lucu, with Thomas Ramos adding 20 points.

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Wales got tries from Rio Dyer, Tomos Williams and Joe Roberts but were outplayed in the second half.

France scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

It was the most points for Les Bleus in Wales, as Fabien Galthie's team recovered from a draw with Italy, moving into fourth place in the table.

Warren Gatland's bottom-of-the-table side now face the prospect of winning the Six Nations Wooden Spoon for the first time since 2003.

This was the 11th defeat in 12 Six Nations matches for Wales, four during this tournament, and the sixth consecutive defeat to France.

Wales play Italy on the final day of this year's Six Nations in Cardiff, while France host England in Lyon and Scotland travel to take on leaders Ireland.

Le Garrec fills Dupont's huge shoes

Wales had lost their first three games of the Six Nations, with narrow defeats against Scotland and England before a 31-7 defeat in Dublin.

France had lost against Ireland and drawn with Italy, while claiming a narrow victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

This mixed return had sparked debate over whether France was in crisis, with head coach Galthie's position also called into question.

This dominant performance should end such talk for now.

Galthie made eight changes, selecting three debutants in full-back Leo Barre, center Nicolas Depoortere and lock Emmanuel Meafou.

There was a new scrum-half duo, with Le Garrec producing a man-of-the-match performance in his first start for France and Ramos effectively switching to the flyhalf position from full-back.

Wales initially made four personnel changes, with a further positional change from lock for captain Dafydd Jenkins, who started at blindside flanker for the first time in his professional career.

Jenkins was outstanding in that role and made 26 tackles.

Centers George North and Nick Tompkins were controversially left out, replaced by Roberts and Owen Watkin, while hooker Ryan Elias was withdrawn late due to a hamstring injury. Elliot Dee therefore started, leading the team in his 50th game.

Sam Costelow and Ramos exchanged early penalties before Dyer broke through the France defense for an excellent individual try.

A huge scrum provided the platform for Ramos' second penalty, while France's formidable attack unraveled the Wales defense as Fickou broke through an attempted Costelow tackle to score.

Wales restored the lead almost immediately with Watkin weaving his way through the visitors' defense before finding Williams, who crossed safely.

The hosts conceded a simple try when Fickou broke through from an attacking scrum to set the stage for Le Garrec to force his way over the line.

Le Garrec's performance showed why he is the man to fill Antoine Dupont's shoes while he is away with the France rugby sevens team.

Le Garrec's stunning reverse pass almost resulted in a third France try as the visitors led 20-17 at half-time.

Wales started the second half impressively, with some clever interplay between Costelow, Tommy Reffell and Williams creating space for Roberts to cross for his first try for Wales in his second international match.

France changed half their pack, including their front row trio, as they looked to restore their physical advantage, and lock Thibaud Flament was denied a try after dropping the ball over the Wales line.

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