Six Nations: Wales’ loss to France leaves Dan Biggar ‘frustrated, annoyed, disappointed’
Dan Biggar admitted that he was “annoyed” by his team’s narrow 13-9 defeat to France in Cardiff on Friday, with the result leaving Les Bleus on the verge of their first Six Nations title and Grand Slam since 2010.
As the scoreline suggests, France had to graft for their win and the result means the defending champions have now lost three out of four games during this year’s Six Nations.
Grand Slam dream still alive
If France beat England in Paris next week they will be confirmed as European champions, but Biggar believes his team should have ended Les Bleus’ Grand Slam dream.
Fly-half Biggar, who kicked Wales’ nine points, said: “I’m annoyed really is the bottom line, that we haven’t picked up certainly one win in the last two games
“I’m frustrated, annoyed, disappointed – all those things. We said in the huddle after the game that we could have nicked it in Twickenham a couple of weeks ago, coming back after not starting well.
“I thought tonight we were the better team against the best team in the world at the moment.
“Big Test matches hinge on one or two big moments. We didn’t quite nail ours and France took theirs.”
Wales saw their own 2021 Grand Slam hopes ended by France in a heartbreaking 32-30 Paris defeat.
This campaign has been far more of a struggle for a Welsh side who head into the final weekend with only one win, against Scotland, under their belt.
But Biggar said: “You know when you play well and you know when you play poorly.
“We played very poorly on the opening weekend in Dublin, and we’ve certainly got better as the tournament has gone on.
“We were one score away from beating France, we were one score away from beating England.
“That’s annoying and frustrating, but there’s no doubt we’re in a much better place than when we kicked off against Ireland in Dublin.
“We’ve got to make sure we come here next Saturday, do a good job on Italy, and finish the campaign on a high.”
Biggar could win his 100th Wales cap against bottom-placed Italy in Cardiff.
Alun Wyn Jones, Test rugby’s most capped player with 161 appearances for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, is also set to feature against the Azzurri after undergoing shoulder surgery in the autumn.
Head coach Wayne Pivac said of long-time captain Jones: “He’ll be officially added to the squad this weekend.
“He’s worked very, very hard as Alun Wyn does. He’s been training with the team, helping prepare the team for this week’s game. He’ll be available for selection.”
France looked as if they could win comfortably when flanker Anthony Jelonch strolled over for the game’s only try after just nine minutes.
But Wales fought back and there was never more than one score between the sides, with a real arm wrestle providing no points at all in the final 33 minutes.
France head coach Fabien Galthie said: “Wales were very tactical and tried to push us back with a lot of very long kicks.
“We managed to react well to their game. We knew it would be difficult because they have won the competition several times, and it’s not by chance.
“We had a team that was ill, half of them with flu and half of them with Covid.
“But despite the virus the team has managed to get a victory, and that’s the most important thing.”
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