Alun Wyn Jones Rugby World Cup: Warren Gatland admits ‘the better team lost’ as Wales edge France

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French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina is sent off in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Wales.

Warren Gatland admitted “the better team lost” after his Wales side squeaked through to the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup after edging 14-man France 20-19 in Oita on Sunday.

It was their first World Cup clash since the controversial 2011 semifinal France won 9-8 at Eden Park following a red card to former Wales captain Sam Warburton. 

This time, France lost Sebastien Vahaamahina in the second half to a red card for a crazy elbow to Aaron Wainwright’s face and Wales would roar back to snatch the win with six minutes left.

Alun Wyn Jones Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted the French were the better team.


Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted the French were the better team.

“The better team lost. That red card was obviously important,” the Kiwi coach said in a post-match television interview. 

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“The great thing about our boys is they don’t give up. We kept working away in a tough, physical game after France came out of the blocks well. 

“We stuck in the game and obviously the red card was the big, significant moment. And Tomos Williams came on with a little break and that rip at the end was pretty special.” 

Wales will play the winner of the fourth quarterfinal between hosts Japan and South Africa in next weekend’s semifinals.

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